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China Is One Of The Most Exciting Places To Be An Architect Right Now

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Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, Britain’s Make Architects has swiftly established itself as one of the UK’s leading architectural firms, working out of a global network of studios in London, Birmingham, Beijing and Hong Kong as well as registered offices in the Middle East. Engaging in a wide range of projects around the world, Make Architects designs everything from large-scale urban masterplans to private luxury residences.

Joining Make in 2004 and relocating in China in 2008 to lead the firm’s Beijing studio, architect John Puttick — whose résumé includes the Hammersmith Embankment mixed-use development on London’s South Bank and the renovation of 55 Baker Street — has set to work heading an impressive set of projects. Puttick’s recent work has included a number of shortlisted competition bids, including a scheme to redesign Shenzhen’s city center, a 500,000 square meter mixed-use building in Beijing and a redesign of the facade of Esprit’s Hong Kong flagship. Current projects in the works include three developments now under construction: a 21-story residential tower in Hong Kong and a boutique hotel and two office towers in Chengdu.

Coming off the completion of their first project in China, the Weihai Pavilion on the northern coast of China’s Shandong peninsula, Make Architects — like a number of international firms — is focusing more intently on China’s less developed interior. Recently, Jing Daily exchanged a Q&A with John Puttick, covering his firm’s plans for expanding in second-tier Chinese cities, the current state of the architecture scene in China, the country’s greater consciousness of sustainable construction, and the potential of local architects.

Via Jing Daily

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