ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Aedas is a global firm offering architecture, graphic, interior, landscape, urban design and master planning services in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Established in 2002, it grew to become one of the world’s five largest architectural practices by 2008 and has retained the position to this day. Aedas has 1,400 employees in seven countries and 12 global offices.
The company’s founders believe that good design can only be achieved through a deep social and cultural understanding of the communities it is designing for. “We want to create world-class design solutions that are tailored to the needs of communities around the world”, according to the firm’s mission statement.
Aedas is also convinced that great design is diverse design, which is why it has a global platform that allows its creative minds to plug into the information and delivery systems they need to produce extraordinary architectural solutions for clients around the world. The firm also thinks great design entails constantly challenging the status quo and looking to innovation and cutting-edge thinking to push boundaries.
In its approach to urban design and master planning, Aedas is committed to creating vibrant urban spaces that enhance quality of life. The company believes that architecture and landscape should be complementary and that great design is a synthesis greater than the sum of its parts. The design of an urban space must address a broad range of inter-related factors and, to be successful, it must express the delicate balance between function, climate, style, budget and culture.
Aedas believes in engaging fully with a client from concept to delivery of the final product. This allows its architects to respond to the needs of developers and building users and create cost-effective solutions that make spaces leasable, saleable and attractive. Before starting any project, the firm would study the needs of the client and analyse the site to appreciate all the issues and challenges involved. Following several design iterations that also look at precedents and context, an inspiring vision is evolved that steers the project to completion.
The Sandcrawler, for example, emerged from its understanding of the constraints, a desire to maximise leasable floor space, and its determination to create “a building of sophistication and elegance”.
Reflecting on the significance of the President’s Design Award, the firm feels that, given the diversity of the Award, there is a greater sphere of design excellence within the various creative skills. Additionally, the internationally recognised quality of the Award gives Singaporean designers a goal to aspire towards and, if successful, the pride in knowing that the quality of work is comparable with designs from anywhere in the world.
Advice to emerging designers:
“Those pursuing architecture must be passionate: it is a long journey of learning, exploration and experimentation. Patience and stamina are required. Stay true, sincere and follow your convictions.”