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Safdie Architects and Surbana Jurong team up in Asia Pacific

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From left: Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects; Liew Mun Leong, chairman of Surbana Jurong; and Wong Heang Fine, group CEO of Surbana Jurong.

Safdie Architects and Surbana Jurong have formed a long-term collaboration - named Safdie Surbana Jurong (SSJ) - to jointly pursue major design projects in Asia Pacific.

SSJ will combine the strengths of each partner to achieve projects of the highest-quality design across a range of typologies. It will focus on residential, commercial and institutional projects which require unique planning and design expertise to create world-class iconic architecture projects in Asia Pacific.

The design effort will be led by Safdie Architects’ Boston office, with Moshe Safdie providing design leadership for all projects undertaken by SSJ and be involved closely throughout the construction of each project. Surbana Jurong will have a dedicated team to work directly with Safdie Architects to produce the detailed engineering and architectural design efforts, provide overall project management, and lead the construction documentation and administration efforts.

According to Surbana Jurong, this milestone collaboration presents an opportunity for the company to further develop its world-class design capabilities, and allows its younger architects and designers to learn directly from Safdie and his team.

The two partners bring complementary strengths to the collaboration. Safdie Architects is helmed by Moshe Safdie, the world renowned architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author. The firm has designed and realised a wide range of projects around the world of which many have become beloved regional and national landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Sky Habitat Singapore, Jewel at Changi Airport Singapore, Habitat ’67, Montreal; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem; and Raffles City mixed-use development in Chongqing, China. Surbana Jurong is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms with a 50-year track record in both private and public projects in Singapore and globally such as Biopolis Phase 1, Health City Novena, MKH World, Cleantech I & II, and more.

“We are delighted to join forces with Surbana Jurong. Our teams have unique, complementary capabilities. Together we can expand the realisation of significant projects, embracing our design principles across Asia,” said Moshe Safdie.

Wong Heang Fine, group CEO of Surbana Jurong added, “Surbana Jurong is proud to partner with the illustrious Moshe Safdie, whose works have become architectural icons and national landmarks. Safdie Architects is world-renowned for their cutting-edge designs that embrace an inclusive and humane design philosophy. We share this design philosophy – that building a city is about shaping lives. Through this collaboration, we will be able to provide world-class design and expert project delivery to a broad array of clients in Asia. We are looking forward to creating many iconic projects together.”