Woods Bagot wins esteemed prize
Named 'International Practice of the Year' at AJ100 Awards in London
Global architectural firm Woods Bagot was recently named ‘International Practice of the Year’ at the AJ100 Awards in London.
Based on the results of public survey, the AJ100 Awards recognise the achievements of the largest 100 architectural practices in the UK. The ‘International Practice’ award is one of the rare categories that is presented at the discretion of the jury.
Speaking to the firm’s celebrated ‘international-ness’, group managing director Ross Donaldson, outlined what distinguishes Woods Bagot from other international architecture practices.
“Woods Bagot has dared to be different; developing a global network of studios in five regions—that sets us apart,” said Donaldson. “[Our] continued investment in research…has allowed our studios across the globe to gain a competitive advantage.”
With a workforce of 600 staff in cities that include Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York, Woods Bagot’s Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) represent two of the firm’s international highlights from 2008.
“With QSTP, it was important to Qatar that they show the rest of the world a different way of doing things,” explained Alf Seeling, design director and concept master planner on QSTP. “Qatar wanted to announce that this would be the new benchmark for a science park. [The finished project] needed to belong to this region and this country.”
After recently announcing planning permission for a luxury hotel at 10 Trinity Square in London and 2008’s unveiling of designs for Dubai’s 1km tower, it’s clear Woods Bagot plans to continue its pursuit of flagship projects.