Richard Marshall appointed managing director for Asia

Richard Marshall returns to Asia to direct Buro Happold’s strengthening presence in the region

Tall building and complex building expert, Richard Marshall, has been appointed as Managing Director of Buro Happold’s Asia office, based in Hong Kong, demonstrating our long-term commitment to growth in the region.

Richard has relocated from our Dubai office, and is returning to Asia, having worked in Buro Happold’s Kuala Lumpur office in 1997 and having lived and worked within Asia since the early 1970’s.

Having graduated in 1992 from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, Richard worked in New Zealand and South East Asia before joining Buro Happold in Malaysia in 1997.  As an expert in structural engineering, Richard has worked in various Buro Happold office locations around the globe including the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East during his 21 years with the business.

Richard leads the Practice’s Tall Building’s Expert Community and has a special interest and expertise in both tall building design and other complex buildings. He has worked on a multitude of tall building projects of up to 720m/150 storeys in height around the world.  In addition, he has worked on projects such as the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, the New International Terminal at Heyder Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Singapore National Library in Singapore; the Rama III Bridge in Bangkok and iconic projects such as the Museum of the Future in Dubai which has won multiple awards for both its innovative design but also the use of data driven technology in the design process.  He has peer reviewed “the Gherkin” in London and the 610m tall Santiago Calatrava designed “Chicago Spire” in the US – his expertise spans from design to consulting for Clients on building failures.

In Asia Buro Happold has a reputation for innovation and skill.  Since its establishment, the dedicated team in Buro Happold’s Hong Kong office has worked on some of the most high profile projects in the region, adept at dealing with highly complex challenges. Several of these open this year including Morpheus Hotel in Macau, the Xiqu Opera House, the West Kowloon Express Rail Terminal (XRL) and the Boundary Crossing Facility.

Commenting on his move, Richard states, “It is a pleasure to return to Asia to lead the region at such an exciting time, with the continued growth of the Greater Bay area and growing strength of regional economies, all which offer opportunities. The business has grown significantly since its establishment, thanks to the hard work of all the staff and directors.  I look forward to leading it, as Buro Happold makes the vision viable for its many clients and collaborators.”

“The Asia region is of strategic importance to us. Richards’s appointment strengthens our senior leadership in the region, and I look forward to working closely with him and other directors to harness the opportunities the region provides.”
James Bruce, Chief Operating and Financial Officer

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