AWW is an architectural practice championing a collaborative approach to creating exceptional built environments, working across all sectors, both in the UK and internationally. We are renowned for delivering beyond expectations, with our successes celebrated most recently, and consistently, by AJ100 ‘South West Practice of the Year’ and ‘Best Place to Work’ awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This consistently high industry reputation is the result of the creativity, expertise and commitment of our team; each and every one of our projects is led by a hands-on Director, with appropriate teams assembled to best respond to the culture and context of the brief.
Our current work in the Philippines has given us an intimate understanding of the country, its culture and working environment. Aseagas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures based in Manila, have appointed AWW as their Architects for the $47M waste to biofuel development at Lian, Batangas. Working with Aseagas’ technical partner Gazasia, AWW is responsible for master-planning and the architectural design of this, the first of several intended waste to biofuel projects in the Philippines.
AWW is investing in collaborations with local Architectural practices and hopes to contribute to the fast expanding development enjoyed by this thriving economy. With live projects to support us we are pursuing opportunities for our wider expertise and attach illustrations from a Concept study for a Landmark 500-bed Hotel in Metro Manila, and a master plan for the retail and hotel element of a large business park in Malvar, both for Manila Developers ICCP. With our Architectural and Construction expertise, and the Joint Venture we have established with Manila practice Imagimax, we are in an excellent position to provide the Philippines with sustainable design and master-planning services. One of our project architects, Kara de los Reyes, was in Coron for 6 weeks over Christmas gathering data on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan with the intent of making a proposal which allows communities to rebuild their shattered tourism and fishing industries. AWW are charitably funding direct support to the projects for the communities concerned.
AWW’s Top Tips on Entering Southeast Asia
Common to all of our projects is taking the time to understand the client culture and way of working; in this way, it is not dissimilar to the work we do in the UK. Our top tip to British companies wanting to transition into Southeast Asia is to invest time in getting to know not just the client but also the context, physical, cultural, financial and social; and work with a trusted local partner. We had a head start when entering the Southeast Asian market as Kara is herself a Manila University educated Filipina. Our use of Building Information Modelling and Revit internationally is helpful in overcoming the language barrier and communicates our design ideas to clients and fellow consultants in a more clearly legible manner.
AWW has a notable record of repeat business in the UK which underpins our reputation of ‘most recommended practice’. The key to this successful design approach is that we listen to our clients, stakeholders and end users; we do not design buildings before meeting the people who will be using them and we use cutting edge CAD modelling technology to assist us in developing and explaining innovative ideas. It has been a very exciting couple of years for AWW as we explore work internationally and we look forward to continuing to expand our expertise in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia.