The Future of Luxury
Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Hannah Carter Owers, Director, Universal Design Studio

Hannah joined Universal Design Studio in 2003 and has directed the practice for over a decade, overseeing expansion into commercial and cultural sectors across the globe that has quadrupled its size.

Hannah’s remit as director is broad and she manages a range of creative and commercial aspects of the business. She develops pitch-winning narratives for world-class brands and institutions with a focus on concept and communication. Working on numerous high-profile projects for international clients, she has become adept at grasping how complex business and institutions work, developing successful strategies for collaboration.


Recent work includes the architectural restoration and conversion of a Brutalist building in Stockholm, a former bank, into a contemporary luxury hotel; the development of Fortnum and Mason’s most recent hospitality project in London’s Royal Exchange; consultation on British Airways’ premium and first class offerings including the design of Heathrow Terminal 5’s First Wing; and several retail projects for Selfridges.

Hannah studied interior design at Glasgow School of Art and regularly gives talks, both locally and internationally, at events such as Stockholm Design Week, Maison et Objet in Paris, the Sleep Conference, the London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design week. Hannah has also lectured on interior design at Oxford Brookes University and University of the Arts London.