Monday, 28 May 2012
Paul Davis + Partners
Smart context and background
Paul Davis + Partners (PDP) combines quality design and sound environmental principles in the Hong Kong and Tokyo architecture consultancy markets.
The increasing demand for energy efficient and sustainable building solutions in Asia is, in turn, driving the need for companies with the requisite architectural consultancy and master-planning capabilities to combine high quality design and sound environmental principles.
The Company …
Paul Davis + Partners is an architects and urban designers practice which focuses on integrating contemporary architecture with historic environments. From its London HQ, the company has been working in Asia for 12 years and launched PDP East (in Hong Kong) as a base for its expanding regional operations in late 2010. It has since grown its local staff from 3 to 13.
… & its Smart success stories
The company’s work on the Westminster Terrace and Grosvenor Place residential developments in Hong Kong and Tokyo respectively are typical of the approach taken on developing each of its projects with the principles of environmental sustainability at the top of its mind.
Tips for doing business in Asia:
Gain experience of the region before entering the market directly. Getting in touch with UK companies which have already established a local presence is an effective way of doing this. The ex-pat business community is an invaluable source of advice and contacts.
Building strong working relationships with other businesses in the same sector is also key to success. In Hong Kong, there is a clear culture of collaboration rather than competition so many project leads, opportunities and referrals stem from partners or other architects/consultants.