Singapore-based director of masterplanning Ed Baker has been promoted to main board director as part of a regional growth strategy. He joined the practice in 2002, originally being based in London, and worked on major projects in Europe, the Middle East, North America, Africa and China before joined the practice’s Singapore team in 2010.
Managing director Gary Whittle said: “This strategic appointment is a sign of our intent to consolidate the growth of our practice in SE Asia on the back of recent project wins and reinforce our successful regional business strategy, which is seeing us firmly focus on growing our project portfolio in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
“Ed has a wealth of international experience, he will add weight to our senior leadership team and management credentials in the SE Asia region and help our integrated team of expert architects, masterplanners and designers, unrivalled in diversity, partner with clients to deliver world-class places and sustainable communities with social and economic purpose.”
The Singapore studio is targeting growth across its core residential, retail, workplace and hospitality sectors and new opportunities to increase its portfolio of mixed-use projects, while also capitalising on recent successes in healthcare and developing services for education-sector clients.
The first masterplan that Baker delivered out of the practice’s Singapore studio, for the high-profile Cilandak Bisnis Square (CIBIS) project in Jakarta, Indonesia, is due to become a reality soon with ground breaking in early 2014. Other projects that he has been involved in are due to complete on site next year, including Trump Tower Manila, the National Heart Centre in Singapore and a resort in Bali.