Practice installs new chairman, bolsters China team and secures Shanghai brief / by rachel

Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has appointed director Stuart Rough as its new chairman. Stuart has led award-winning retail and workplace projects in China, Southeast Asia and Europe, including the Forum Coimbra, Forum Barreiro and Espaço Guimarães retail centres, and BASF, Sony and Roche headquarter buildings. Stuart said: “As part of the practice’s senior management team I will focus on developing the global reach of our 15-strong network of bases from São Paulo to Shanghai, enhancing the unrivalled diversity of our 500+ sector experts, increasing our distinctive client focus, with 80 per cent of 2010 income from repeat business, and widening our portfolio of world-class projects.”

Stuart will focus on the practice’s organic international growth strategy by developing its global hubs and the three offices it opened in 2011, with view to further office openings in the near future, to target emerging countries and new markets to continue to grow the business, and enhance its reach and ability to support clients.

He will enhance the unrivalled diversity of the practice’s global team of expert designers, to ensure it serves the widest range of clients and remains as diverse as its clients, by developing its expertise in new directions and making strategic hires, to position the practice as a first-choice design project team leader in emerging markets, and deliver consultancy at higher, strategic levels.

Stuart will increase the practice’s focus on long-term client partnering, by strengthening its ability to deliver a ‘return on design’ for clients by improving the reach, range and quality of its services, to develop the practice to be the best possible design partner, and secure increased business with global developers.

In a coordinated move the practice is bolstering its team in China headed by director Jeremy Salmon, to provide additional platforms for the export of its world-class skills, expertise and experience in the planning, design and delivery of high-quality, inspirational and future-proofed cities, places and buildings of all types from concept to physical operation.

It will see director Melvin Davis, who has come to the end of his tenure as chairman, relocate in the practice’s Shanghai office from 2012, with the office having just relocated in central Shanghai.

Jean Wu has also been appointed as director of architecture in the practice’s Shanghai office. Jean has over 12 years’ experience as lead designer of large-scale planning and architecture projects, and joins from Hyder Consulting, having previously held senior roles at practices including RMJM.

The bolstering of the practice’s local team follows its success in securing an appointment with the Minhang District Government to deliver a high-profile strategic planning review of the Minhang District in the heart of Shanghai. The 130 square kilometre site includes a large length of the city’s main river, the Huangpu river, is close to the famous ‘Shanghai Expo’ site, and takes in one of China’s heartland industrial zones.

The practice is the international contributor to a group including three Chinese planning teams, which will work in collaboration with the District and Shanghai City Governments to prepare the strategic study for the city district by the end of 2011, before delivering masterplanning and regeneration proposals for a number of zones by early 2012.

Director Jeremy Salmon said: “This high-profile project has been secured on the back of the growing reputation of our diverse team of expert designers for world-class skills, expertise and experience in the delivery of masterplanning.

“It is an example of the speed and intent of China’s transition from a production-based economy to a sustainable and liveable city agenda, and our team will balance a diverse range of existing land uses, including agriculture and various scales of industrial activity, with a sustainable vision, to deliver a design for a modern and future-proofed city.”

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