Grant Associates wins two Design For Asia Awards 2012

UK landscape architects honoured for design of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

07 DECEMBER 2012, HONG KONG
Summary
Hong Kong Design Centre's "Design for Asia Award 2012" has recognised Gardens by the Bay, masterplanned by UK-landscape architects Grant Associates, with a Grand Award and Special Award for Technology. The Awards were presented to Andrew Grant, Grant Associates at the DFA Awards ceremony at the Hong Kong Design Center on Thursday 6 December 2012 during the Business of Design Week.
UK landscape architecture firm Grant Associates has won two top Asian design awards for masterplanning the design of Gardens by the Bay, the 54 hectare leisure attraction in Singapore.

The practice, which has offices in Bath UK and Singapore, has been awarded the Grand Award and the Special Award for Technology in the Design for Asia Awards 2012, organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre.

The Awards were presented to Andrew Grant, director of Grant Associates, at the Hong Kong Design Centre on Thursday 6 December 2012 during the annual Business of Design Week.

Funded by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the DFA Awards are presented to companies and designers from around the world that have achieved business success through good design that reflects, or has an impact on, the Asian lifestyle.   This year over 100 entries from around the world were nominated.

Andrew Grant, director of Grant Associates, said: "We're delighted to see Gardens by the Bay receiving recognition and appreciation for design excellence in Asia with these two prestigious awards. Asia embraces design innovation, sustainability and human imagination which makes it both an exciting and enjoyable area to work in."

Dr. Victor Lo, Chairman of HKDC and Chairman of the DFA Grand Award judging panel said: "The DFA Award is a preeminent award programme in Asia, attracting the world's best design talents.  As well as recognising Asian design excellence, the award aims to encourage the exchange of ideas on utilising design to create unique business opportunities, and adding value to business."

Grant Associates has also been shortlisted for the International Prize Project of the Year category at the Sustain Magazine Awards 2013 for Gardens by the Bay. Winners to be announced 3 March 2013.

In October, the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay were named World Building of the Year in the World Architecture Festival Awards.

 

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"Grant Associates is delighted to see Gardens by the Bay receiving recognition and appreciation for design excellence in Asia with two DFA Awards. Asia embraces design innovation, sustainability and human imagination which makes it both an exciting and enjoyable area to work in. " Andrew Grant, director, Grant Associates
"The DFA Award is a preeminent award programme in Asia, attracting the world's best design talents, and we are proud that Create Hong Kong has been very supportive towards this award. As well as recognising Asian design excellence, the award aims to encourage the exchange of ideas on utilising design to create unique business opportunities, and adding value to business. Likewise, we have a team of dedicated researchers continuously looking for outstanding design projects around the world, to share with industry practitioners and friends of HKDC. Located at Asia's leading creative hub, we will continue to facilitate mutual exchanges among practitioners, and assist in promoting design excellence and the sustainable development of the industry." Dr. Victor Lo, Chairman of HKDC and Chairman of the DFA Grand Award judging panel
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About Grant Associates

Grant Associates is a pioneering international landscape architecture practice. Our work reconnects people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways whilst addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.

Our design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology. We bring original thinking, creative collaboration and are exploring what regenerative design and the circular economy means to landscape architecture.

Our varied portfolio includes ambitious large-scale, landmark projects through to small, local ventures.