Signaling its expanding commitment to the North America market, Woods Bagot announced today that Joint Managing Director Richard Marshall will spearhead the continued growth of the firm's North American studios.
Since opening offices in New York and San Francisco in fall 2008, Woods Bagot has grown its U.S. staff to more than 60 and has been awarded projects in New York, New Jersey, California, Canada, China, India and the Middle East. Integral to the firm's success is its "one global studio" strategy, which uses proprietary research and technology to deliver its international expertise to clients around the world.
Marshall is an architect, urban designer and author recognized for his expertise in the regeneration of urban contexts and waterfronts. He previously served as an associate professor and director of the urban design degree programs at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Both his professional and academic work centers around the role of design in shaping dynamic urban environments spurred by resonant civic identities, catalyzing adjacencies of innovative industries and institutions, and critical physical and technological infrastructure.
"Our future rests on our ability to cultivate vital cities that are economically, socially, and ecologically resilient and that forge the opportunities for new industries to flourish," Marshall said. "Yet over the last 50 years, the idea of the American city as an infrastructure supporting the people and connectivity that drives the creative economy has slipped away. We established our global studio in North America with the design and technical expertise to help our clients to meet these challenges by building pioneering organizations, sound infrastructure, and smarter developments. I'm thrilled to join my North American colleagues in expanding our commitment to the region."
Marshall's professional experience includes working and living in United States, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and throughout Asia. His project experience, which combines the design and delivery of buildings with the urban design and master planning of new environments, includes Boston's Wharf District Park, Nakheel Harbour & Tower and the Badrah Master Plan, both in Dubai, and Beijing Olympic Forest Park and Central Zone in China.
He has lectured and taught widely and written numerous articles. He also has authored three books: Emerging Urbanity - Global Urban Projects in the Asia Pacific Rim, Waterfronts in Post Industrial Cities, both published by Spon Press, and Designing the American City, published by China Architecture and Building Press.