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BDP brings global, progressive design expertise to New York City

BDP, one of the world’s most socially progressive architecture and design consultancies has opened a studio in New York City.

With more than 35 years of project experience in North America, BDP’s global, collective of designers are now sharing their multidisciplinary expertise in design and development within the built environment in New York and other major US cities.

In response to Mayor Adams' ‘Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery’ and the ‘Ten-Year Capital Strategy’ for a socially equitable city - BDP has developed an urban health study which seeks to improve social value, using ‘meanwhile’ or temporary use of vacant spaces as a catalyst for creating more connected, healthier communities.

The study identifies areas where more considered use of underutilized sites could bring added social value in the East New York neighborhood, situated along the planned Interborough Express (IBX), which will connect many underserved communities within Queens and Brooklyn.

With its newest city studio now open, the practice - founded by Sir George Grenfell Baines in Preston, England in 1961 - is building on its reputation for high design quality and is already delivering its creative concepts for North American developments that support greater social equity and access to much needed housing and neighborhood amenities.

As society increasingly demands integrity and commitment to local communities from organizations, BDP has also set out its guiding principles for social equity, which can be adopted to bring positive impact to communities in New York and add value to the stakeholder groups that shape them, in its Social Equity in the Built Environment report.

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With a focus on designing places for people, BDP is naturally expanding its existing business to design some of the USA’s future retail centers, education buildings, hospitals, hotels, offices and media campuses – places that connect the modern world. As a global, multidisciplinary practice, BDP is in an unparalleled position to bring designs to the USA market that help investors, developers and occupiers meet environmental, social and governance targets. 

Following the completion of ground-breaking projects in North America and Europe where BDP’s teams have repurposed existing buildings, brought together communities and developed people-led places, BDP is creating a new economy that delivers low carbon, socially progressive places and high financial yield to stakeholders.

Nick Fairham, Chief Executive at BDP explains: “As a continuous collective of socially conscious architects and designers, we are building on our legacy of impactful, progressive, multidisciplinary design and we are excited to bring our practice to New York City, where we can merge development opportunities, world-class building design with real environmental and social value.

“Social value has been at the center of our company culture since 1961. Our unique ability to adapt and problem solve means we are perfectly placed to bring this kind of unique and important thinking to the city. We want to help design places that bring a better, healthier quality of life for people who live in America’s diverse, active and beautiful cities.”

BDP is designing some of the most important buildings and places in North America, including the award winning Indigenous Hub in Toronto, Ontario, a mixed-use development that aims to articulate indigenous values and principles through its design and Reina, a mid-rise residential building located in Etobicoke, Ontario, designed, developed, engineered, and constructed by an all-women team. BDP also completed the adaptive reuse of Bata’s former shoe factory in Batawa to transform the former industrial town into a new model for rural, sustainable development and designed 60_80 Atlantic - the first multi-story wood frame office building built in Toronto for 100 years. The practice continues to work on the design of some of the most sustainable buildings in the world with renowned project partners including Google, Astrazeneca, Hackman Capital Partners, Landsec and PwC. 

Rosalind Tsang, BDP’s New York City studio director, adds: “Our dynamic multidisciplinary structure practice combined with more than 60 years of international experience, gives us a unique insight into the greatest challenges that cities like New York face. Today our urban environments call for a design approach that cultivates social impact and responds to the climate emergency. BDP has an exceptional track record in these areas across the globe, and we see the opening of our New York City studio as an opportunity to expand our vision to create places that promote wellbeing, inclusivity and sustainable futures.”

Some of BDP’s most famous building designs from 60 years of practice include Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club, The Restoration and Renewal of the Houses of Parliament in London and The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar. The practice also designed and delivered the NHS Nightingale Emergency Hospital in London, which was then rolled out to six other sites across England at the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

In its 60th year operating as a privately owned company, BDP recorded an operating profit of US$16.4million with a turnover of US$149.5million. In 2019, BDP joined forces with renowned Canadian architecture practice, Quadrangle and in 2021 BDP acquired global sports stadia architect, Pattern Design.

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