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Welcoming Dilhan Surin as Principal, Design in Sydney

Dilhan Surin, an accomplished interior architect, comes to Unispace with over 20 years of industry experience, having worked and lived across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

We spoke to Dilhan to find out what attracted him to Unispace, what he's looking forward to working on and why he's passionate about workplace design. 

Q: What excites you about the future direction of Unispace?

A: This year has brought many disruptions, but we're now at a crossroads regarding what the future holds for workplace. Unispace's capabilities and thought leadership really excites me - working for a company that has established a global network of studios, all while being able to provide a streamlined process to clients. 

Q: What are you looking forward to doing once you get your feet under the desk?

A: Working alongside our global clients, understanding how they are positioned financially post Covid-19, and working with our teams to translate their needs into bespoke, workplace solutions. 

Q: Tell us a bit more about you - what experience are you bringing to this role?

A: Prior to joining Unispace, I worked at PMDL Architecture in Sydney, and have previously held Design Director roles with TP Bennett in London and PDM International in Singapore. I've adopted a human-centred approach to work; endeavouring to create pragmatic, agile working environments that suit end user behaviours, while ensuring corporate business needs are met. Moreover, I'm looking forward to sharing my expertise of technical and user-based behavioural design philosophies with the team.

Q: There's always a lot of buzz around the future of work. What are your thoughts on the topic? 

A: At this point in time, the future of workplace design is still largely unknown - working remotely has challenged conventional workplace approaches. As we're planning for a post-pandemic office space, it's important, as designers, we recognise the current state of businesses - ensuring working models are reflective of needs, fit for purpose and bespoke to support employees' working patterns.

Q: What's the most exciting project you've worked on?

A: One of my first projects while working in London was for Transport for London (TfL) - a 25,000sqm fit out for TfL's new HQ in the International Quarter, Stratford. Working in collaboration with lead architects, RSH+P, and developer, Lendlease, I led the interiors team. The project comprised of 10 floors of open plan office and meeting spaces, plus a 200-seat restaurant with outdoor terrace access. A key highlight for me, was receiving the 2018 Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year award, from Mix Interiors WMagazine. 

Q: And lastly, what are you passionate about? 

A: I'm passionate about understanding working behaviours of all generations, and devising and implementing change management processes to maximise workplace efficiencies, increase wellbeing, engagement and retention. 

My interest also lies in advocating for more enduring interior architecture that aims to extend the life cycle of projects through greater flexibility, reuse and adaptability. My focus and commitment revolves around delivering the highest standard of innovation and aesthetic sensibility for clients, while placing a great deal of thought into sustainably led design solutions. 

We're excited to have Dilhan's expertise and passion for design, join our team in Sydney. To meet more of our global team, head to our Team pages