Expansion in China
In response to China’s continued growth, EDSA is strengthening its foothold in the region with a new office location in the Jing’an District. The Shanghai office, which opened in 2013 continues to provide for greater client interface and is expanding with several active design commissions.
“China remains an important market for us and we have embraced the opportunity to practice in this culturally-enriched region. Our success is a testament to the dedication, flexibility and diversity of our staff,” explains EDSA President Douglas C. Smith. “Our vision is to capitalize on EDSA’s worldwide experience and expand our presence throughout Asia with our Shanghai studio augmenting U.S. based efforts in the region.”
“The pace and speed at which projects are moving from design to implementation supports the need for a dedicated China-based team creating aesthetically appealing, culturally-enriched designs and offering on-site project management. Focusing our resources under a unified brand allows design work to be undertaken in either the United States or China with a consistency in skill set, talent, quality, and expertise,” continues Smith.
EDSA’s portfolio includes more than 150 projects in Asia ranging in scale and scope from resort destinations and residential communities to public waterfronts, community ‘green space’ parks, themed attractions, and urban mixed-use, entertainment districts. Among the more than 40 projects currently underway in China is the highly anticipated Atlantis Sanya; the well-appointed mountainous hideaway destination of Anantara Guiyang Resort; and the activated linear park-like corridor of Wuhan East Lake Greenway. These innovative projects join a host of successfully completed assignments in the region including the world-renowned Crosswaters Ecolodge; the deluxe beachfront community of Huizhou Vanke Double Moon Bay; and the bustling metropolis of Kaifeng New City.
EDSA’s leadership of the Shanghai office includes Principal Scott LaMont and Associate Principal and General Manager Yun Zhao. “As urbanization in China progresses, the significance of the spaces we create today will become even more important. We have seen improvements in infrastructure and strong capital investments throughout the region which continue to create new opportunities for our clients. It’s a market where EDSA’s expertise in planning and design can have a positive impact on the well-being of people and the environment,” concludes LaMont.