“The traditional model of the Western international practice has been to have a shop window in developing countries but with the work executed back at home,” Declan O’Carroll was quoted as saying. “We are looking at a much more fluid, unorthodox model.” — C.J. Hughes, Architectural Record
Despite dropping from an all time high of 10,000 employees in 2008— losing 330 in 2009 and 670 employees this past winter— Arup has announced that they have three new offices, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, in China. Each new office employs 12 architects and 15 engineers with most of the new staff being Chinese nationals.
With some lousy last few years for Arup in Europe, Chinese business is still humming along quite nicely in the 18 months Arup has been in China. Arup is currently working on a new 2,300-employee headquarters building for Nokia and a 1,200,000 square-feet office building for Ding He.
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