Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Architects Enter into Canadian Partnership

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Architects Enter into Canadian Partnership

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Byline: EXPANSION coreena ford

LEADING North East company Ryder Architecture has expanded its geographical reach by forming a new partnership in Canada.

The firm has marked its entry into the North American market through the launch of a Vancouver office, which is set to be led by a North East native.

The company, which was launched in Newcastle in 1953, said the move builds on international expansion at the practice, which now has six bases across the UK, China and Canada.

The new Ryder team will be led by Adam James, who originally comes from Newcastle, alongside Canadian architect Warren Schmidt.

Both have been based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Acton Ostry Architects for the past 10 years.

Mr James said: "Warren and I have been privileged to work with great clients and colleagues in Vancouver over the past decade and are delighted to join with Ryder to create a new Canadian practice.

"Ryder's vision statement, Everything Architecture, aims to improve the world around us and in doing so, improve people's lives.

"With our new partners, we endeavour to achieve solutions that are socially and culturally germane, embody the values and aspiration of our clients, and that connect and resonate within our community."

Mr Schmidt said: "Clients will benefit from our strong local connections to the city and region and be supported by the extensive experience, insights, and expertise from Ryder's international teams."

Ryder's new Canadian base will initially focus on projects that contribute towards Canada's efforts to reduce building greenhouse gas emissions, benefiting Ryder's UK and Asian client base through broader international team collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder, said: "We have known Adam for many years so when the opportunity came to join with him and Warren, it was an obvious next step in broadening the Ryder team of people with a passion for collaboration and pioneering the development or architectural practice."

Vancouver is forecast to add around 400,000 Canadian dollars (PS245,000) to the group's turnover in its first year. …

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