Three years following Steensen Varming’s establishment in Hong Kong and entry in the South East Asian market, the company is growing its local team with the relocation of Associate Jonny Perks (previously based in Sydney) and the appointment of Lighting Designer Zafer Dandashi.
Jonny is an Associate and Sustainability Consultant with diverse experience, having lived and worked in UK, Australia and the Middle East. He specialises in sustainability and energy strategies for masterplans, buildings and infrastructure developments and manages many international sustainability rating systems such as LEED, WELL, Green Star, EEO, GSAS and CEEQUAL and BREEAM. He will join the studio’s sustainability team and assist in setting new benchmarks for sustainable design in Hong Kong through frameworks and strategies to optimise the efficient use of resources and ensuring adaptability for future climate conditions.
Zafer Dandashi has been appointed as a lighting designer. With a background in architecture, he integrates a thorough understanding of both lighting design and architecture into his work, developing architectural lighting, landscape lighting and luminaire design. Zafer has completed many notable lighting projects in Saudi Arabia across the public, commercial, health, residential and urban sectors. He will present a strong contribution to the lighting team, developing concepts that support the architectural and enhance the visual environment and human experience.
Steensen Varming’s Hong Kong studio is managed by Director Chris Arkins who notes on the new appointments “Hong Kong is a dynamic city. Since opening our office here we have witnessed the increasing demand for higher building performance and specialist lighting design that provides cohesive environments within a fast-developing area. This has provided a great market for Steensen Varmings’s specialist services advice on sustainability and architectural lighting design for universities, hospitals and cultural buildings.”