HASSELL commitment to China recognised
The long term commitment to China by HASSELL is recognised in an Australian Government report released by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
The report, called Australia in the Asian Century, profiles a number of companies originally founded in Australia that are successfully working in China. We are profiled under a heading that says "HASSELL seizes opportunity in Asian markets".
The report says: "HASSELL is one of the largest multidisciplinary design practices in the Asia–Pacific region, with expertise in architecture, interior design, urban planning and design, and landscape architecture. HASSELL entered the Asian market in 1991 when it acquired a Hong Kong firm, EBC. After winning early master planning and urban design commissions in China, it broadened its Chinese practice to include the full range of disciplines it offers in Australia.
Today, HASSELL is China's largest foreign multidisciplinary design practice and employs more than 250 people in studios in Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Elsewhere in Asia, it has studios in Bangkok and Singapore. HASSELL has maintained its commitment to Asia since the early 1990s—even while other designers switched focus after the downturn of the late 1990s, HASSELL stayed its course. Its commitment to China has been fundamental in gaining the trust of its Chinese customers.
HASSELL has also retained control through its wholly owned entity rather than the looser arrangements chosen by less successful entrants into China. Full ownership of its practice has allowed it to bring the best of its global capabilities to bear for clients.
For more information about the Australia in the Asian Century report, visit http://asiancentury.dpmc.gov.au/
_HASSELL Shanghai studio
_2012 World Architecture Festival award-winning project, Man-Built Islands at Dongqian Lake, China
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