RMJM Architecture in Asia Pacific
RMJM’s beginnings in Asia date back to the late 1950s when the firm was commissioned by the British Government to design St John’s Army School in Singapore. Following the British military withdrawal from Singapore some twenty years later, the school became the United World College for Southeast Asia in 1975. Such was the success of this first project, RMJM were asked to develop a design for the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, and shortly after the first ever Hong Kong Cross Harbour Tunnel.
These early projects built a platform for what would become a strong and lasting bond between RMJM and East Asia, resulting in more than 250 completed projects in the Asia Pacific region to date. In China alone, RMJM have designed more than 100 projects, including the Gate of the Orient in Suzhou, China Merchants Bank Tower in Shanghai and the Zhuhai Shizimen Business Cluster Exhibition and Convention Centre
RMJM’s origins in South Asia began in Pakistan in 1960 when the Government of Pakistan engaged RMJM, as part of a team of world renowned experts including acclaimed Greek masterplanners Doxiadis and Harvard University, to shape the vision of the nation’s capital Islamabad.
This team would be reunited in the early part of the 21st Century when Pakistan’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) invited RMJM, Doxiadis and Harvard to collaborate, once again. This time the project was a new sustainable City outside Karachi. DHA City Karachi, Pakistan’s first ever sustainable city, established a close relationship between RMJM & Osmani, one of Pakistan’s oldest and most established Architecture & Engineering firms. Today RMJM Osmani is headquartered in Karachi and pursues projects around Pakistan, the Central Asian region and across the world.
RMJM also enjoy an enduring relationship with India, established in the later part of the 20th Century and the early 21st Century where RMJM’s UK and Hong Kong Studios worked extensively in the country. Early housing projects for major developers in the country led to a series of high profile commissions including the Kolkata Convention Centre, a new International Terminal at Kolkata Airport and a series of new stations for Hyderabad Metro.
RMJM’s strong relationship with China was recognized in the firm’s commission to design the media centre for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The Media Centre, serving as the main press centre and international broadcasting hub, was one of the landmark buildings for the Beijing Olympics. Today it has been transformed into China’s National Convention Centre.
Operating in the region for more than 50 years has resulted in RMJM developing many strong and lasting relationships with clients and Governments alike. Today RMJM studios in Hong Kong, Karachi, Shanghai, and Shenzhen continue to develop the RMJM brand using their vast experience in designing buildings in almost every sector, complemented by their deep knowledge of local planning and development processes. Increasingly our studios in East Asia support their clients on projects outside the region as they begin to invest more regularly in emerging markets, particularly Africa and South America.