Woods Bagot, a global architecture and consulting firm employing more than 1,000 professionals worldwide, announced today that it opened its first North American office to service the growing interests of the firm’s international clients.
The San Francisco office expands Woods Bagot’s network of 14 offices currently serving Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The move advances the firm’s “one global studio” strategy, which uses proprietary technology to deliver its international expertise to clients around the world.
“Competing in the global economy requires a different approach, one that is agile and innovative and driven by the best talent worldwide,” said Ross Donaldson, Group Managing Director of Woods Bagot. “The new North American office adds an important link to our knowledge network, tapping into the remarkable design and technological expertise that resides here. We foresee exciting collaborations that will continue to elevate our worldwide presence as an architectural innovator and better serve our clients’ interests in the region.”
In 2001, after establishing a strong base of offices in Australia and Asia, Woods Bagot began its expansion into Europe and the Middle East. Demand for the firm’s expertise in lifestyle, workplace, and education has since increased the firm’s annual revenue five times. During this period, Woods Bagot also launched PUBLIC, an interdisciplinary research arm that provides a platform for clients, staff, researchers, and other collaborators to further the advanced thinking and investigation that underpins the firm’s work.
The 16-person San Francisco office—with Design Principle Patrick Daly, AIA, a specialist in tall structures and landmark civic and cultural buildings—currently is collaborating on the design of mixed-use towers in the Middle East.
Daly commented, “Woods Bagot’s one studio practice model and deep commitment to research is a perfect fit with innovation-minded San Francisco. It’s a tremendous opportunity to join this remarkable international team and I look forward to introducing the firm’s impressive portfolio and our collective expertise to North America.”