Practice appoints retail expert to spearhead sector growth in Southeast Asia / by rachel


Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has appointed Ernesto Zabarte to spearhead its ambitious growth plans in Southeast Asia’s retail sector and the targeting of retail-led and mixed-use new build and refurbishment projects. Ernesto, who joins the practice from Atkins and was previously at RTKL, has over 25 years’ experience in leading multi-disciplinary design teams on large-scale and complex projects including mixed-use schemes, retail centres, hotels, high-rise office and residential complexes in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Director Ian Simpson said: “This strategic appointment is a sign of our intent to accelerate the growth of our practice in Southeast Asia on the back of recent project wins and will reinforce our successful regional business strategy, which is seeing us firmly focused on targeting opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines, where the fundamentals of the markets remain strong.

“Ernesto brings a wealth of international experience to our Singapore-based team, he will add weight to our retail sector credentials in the Southeast Asia region and help our diverse team of expert architects, masterplanners and designers partner with clients to deliver world-class schemes and a return on design.”

As a specialist in retail centre planning and design, from both a creative and technical perspective, Ernesto has led the delivery of award-winning schemes including the Metropolis Shopping Center (Moscow, Russia), Palladium Shopping Centre (Prague, Czech Republic), El Boulevard de Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria, Spain), Centro Estacion Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain) and Raffles City Shopping Centre (Singapore).

In December Broadway Malyan saw the launch of its largest retail centre in China to date, with the Lefo Mall Shopping Centre opening its doors to the public in Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province, Eastern China. The 65,000 square metre destination mall sets a new benchmark for commercial development in the region and targets young and design-conscious customers.

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