Portrait of Dorna smiling with bright red lipstick


As an interior architect, Dorna's way of working is creative and highly experimental, while always resulting in functional environments tailored for the various activities that are to take place in a given space. In addition, a lot of her work is focused on sustainable design, challenging materiality and existing norms to meet the requirements of the modern age, merging traditional craft and the digital world. She is passionate about cultivating a dialogue with nature, one she fears is getting lost in our current society. She is driven by her curiousity and always interested in exploring new ways of working, in tune with the latest developments within the field, both concerning technology and design thinking. She approaches each project in its own tailored way with a passionate sensitivity to details.


Dorna is currently working at Studio Lakayan, an interior architecture and design practice based in Oslo. She is engaged in a diverse range of projects for both private and commercial clients.


  • Radius Design, 2020-2021
    Interior Architect
  • Metropolis Arkitektur og Design, 2017—2020
    Interior Architect
  • dForm (Digital Forming Workshop),Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2018—2019
    Technical Specialist
  • Hoos Design Lab, 2016—2017
  • Modul Anlegg AS, 2015—2016
  • Freelance, 2013—2014
    Design Architect
  • Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), 2012—2013
    Lecturer in Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment
  • Axis Identity Group, 2011—2012
    Interior Architect, Furniture Designer


  • Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), 2014—2016
    Master in design with a specialization in interior architecture and furniture design
  • Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), 2011—2012
    Bachelor in interior architecture
  • University of Tehran, 2005—2008
    Diploma in architecture
  • University of Ershad, 2005—2009
    Bachelor in English literature

Technical skills

  • AutoCAD
  • ArchiCAD
  • Laser cutting
  • 3D printing & scanning
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign


  • Designavgang
    June 2016 – Oslo, Norway
  • Frekvens
    June 2015 – Oslo, Norway
  • Designer's Saturday
    Sep 2015 – Oslo, Norway


Dorna grew up in Tehran, Iran. She has since lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and currently resides in Oslo, Norway. She speaks English, Farsi, Turkish, and Norwegian. She loves ice cream, beach runs, Dior lipstick, peculiar houseplants, and collecting unique design items.