Archive / September 2018
Wednesday 26 September 2018

Newly promoted HASSELL Principal Andrew Yip is an advocate of diverse perspectives in the design industry, believing it leads to the best outcomes for clients.

It's for this reason that he appreciates the wealth of disciplines and sectors, locations and diversity of people over multiple levels at HASSELL.

“Ideas can cross-pollinate and converge, and that's what makes it interesting to work here,” he said.

“Working in a range of settings and cultures with people from different backgrounds is crucial to becoming a good designer and approaching problems from different angles.

“There's not just one way of doing things,” he says.  

Andrew joined HASSELL in 2014 after moving to Hong Kong from New York, where he had operated his own practice, prior to which he had worked in a number of companies on both the East and West coasts of the USA. His project experience spans workplace, entertainment and healthcare sectors, including the renowned International Cinematographer's Guild in Los Angeles.

At HASSELL, Andrew has played a key design leadership role in the Asia region as well as led teams working on retail and lifestyle projects in China - drawing on a keen interest in the entertainment industry and his own passion for illustration. 

“The energy of China, the rapid maturing of the market with its abundance of space and incredible tech-spurred growth means we are constantly being challenged. We are often learning and adapting alongside our clients,” he says.

“What's happening in Chinese companies is on par with the leading global players, and these developments are now having impact outside of China. We are definitely seeing this in the retail and commerce sectors with clients such as Alibaba, where there is a convergence between tech and physical spaces.

“Currently we're working with renowned retail operator K11, who are challenging us to leave no stone unturned and really research and explore what is possible. When finished, the project we are working on together will be a unique, memorable destination.”

Andrew is most excited about the collaboration across HASSELL - and the opportunities for more. He values the flat structure where ideas can and do come from everyone.

“When I first arrived at HASSELL four years ago, I discovered a transparent, entrepreneurial environment where you can both see what is happening and opt to take on as much on as you want. There's a lot of opportunity to grow in this practice and learn new skills.”

_Sanlin Cinve MO+ InCity Mall renovation in Shanghai is one of Andrew's current projects, due for completion by the end of 2018
_Recreating the Kowloon Walled City: community engagement workshop run by Andrew and his team at the 2017 DeTour Festival in Hong Kong

Monday 17 September 2018
Huangpu East Bank Urban Forest wins Chicago Athenaeum award

A proposed transformation of the east bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, has been awarded The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Award for Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture.

The HASSELL concept created an urban forest along the Huangpu River that would see a continuous woodland of two million trees planted – one tree for each of Shanghai’s two million children. This expansive landscape would have a significant impact on the city and its people. It would expand green space in the city centre by 25 per cent, improve air quality and energy efficiency, create new places to gather and support Shanghai’s aspiration to become a more sustainable, attractive and prosperous world city.

Since 2005, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have organized The International Architecture Awards to celebrate the best new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built by the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.

The awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business and corporate communities, as well as to the press and general public worldwide. They are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point of view.

HASSELL Principal, Jon Hazelwood said the award recognition highlights the important role that landscape architecture and urban design play in shaping thriving and liveable cities.

“The Huangpu East Bank Urban Forest project is a prime example of the impact that thoughtful urban design can have on a city, in particular a city with a clear goal to become more sustainable, like Shanghai. This award helps profile that intention by the client, but also the excellent work and design thinking done by the HASSELL team.” Jon said.

The project will feature among this year’s winners in “The City and the World” travelling exhibition, which opens at The Contemporary Space Athens, Greece on 28 September 2018.

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