Architectural Review Asia Pacific

ASIAN OPPORTUNITIES

Earlier this year, the University of Sydney School of Architecture staged a congenial exhibition called Fusion of Horizons. Consisting of private letters, diary entries, ethnographic research and an array of drawings and models, it told the story of five pioneering architects from Australia who travelled throughout Asia in the postwar years and whose work fundamentally contributed to the architecture and design of the region.

It is a narrative that is just as relevant today, with the Australasian design community continuing to have a major impact across that corner of the world.

However, Peter Verwer, the former CEO of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association and current executive chairman at fractal IQ, says that when it comes to the enormity of Asia’s growth juggernaut and the opportunities that exist for local firms in Asia, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Verwer, the keynote speaker at November’s The Business of Architecture and Design (BoAD) conference in Sydney, says there are colossal urbanisation dividends to be reaped in Asia by those who help design, finance, build and manage Asian cities. As evidence

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