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Tuesday, August 27 2019 - 17:00
JERDE Establishes Presence in Southeast Asia, Hires Regional Director of Business Development
SINGAPORE, Aug. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

JERDE (The Jerde Partnership), an iconic and internationally renowned 
architecture and urban planning firm, announced today that it has formally 
established a presence in Southeast Asia, and has hired James Chew as Director 
of Business Development for the region. Chew -- who will be based in Singapore 
in a new office to be opened by JERDE later this year -- will spearhead the 
firm's new business efforts in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the 
Philippines, and other neighboring countries in the region. This is in addition 
to JERDE's already established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, which serve 
the Chinese and Asia Pacific markets, respectively.

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To support this endeavor, JERDE Design Principal and shareholder, Ken Ho, will 
transfer from Los Angeles to Singapore early next year. Ho, himself 
Singaporean, will bring vast international experience to the regional office 
and will further lend the firm ownership presence there. Ho will help to drive 
growth across Southeast Asia.

With the mission of expanding JERDE's special brand of placemaking, the 
establishment of a permanent presence in Singapore will strengthen the firm's 
presence in Southeast Asia, coinciding with a growing demand for Transportation 
Oriented Developments (TODs) and mixed-use projects in the region. The move 
also allows JERDE to enhance its client services through the city-state's close 
proximity to the region and comprehensive travel option. JERDE's globally 
proven expertise in this area has seen the launch of successful projects that 
act as catalysts in their communities and help generate economic benefit, 
especially in emerging markets.

"Our firm has had great success designing transformative projects throughout 
Asia. At this point, we see Southeast Asia as a region holding great potential 
to expand our brand of architecture," said Paul Martinkovic, JERDE Chief 
Executive Officer. "James has an excellent understanding of socio-economic 
issues, real estate markets and investments in Southeast Asia."

Chew has more than 30 years of real estate industry experience in planning and 
design, management, marketing, and business development. Working throughout 
Southeast Asia, his public and private sector experience includes the 
development of resorts, hospitality, residential, retail, office, mixed-use, 
new towns, golf courses, and medical parks.

Commenting on his appointment, Chew said, "It's an honor to join JERDE -- one 
of the world's most respected international architectural firms -- and open 
their Singapore office. I hope to expand JERDE's business in the region, and in 
the process, help the firm expand its special brand of placemaking to generate 
significant economic benefits to a host of new communities in Southeast Asia."

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Background Information

About James Chew

Prior to JERDE, James Chew founded and owned VinaPlanners Co Ltd and TPO 
Vietnam -- Singapore. He also worked for Nagecco as Business Development 
Director, Vingroup JSC as Product Development Director, BRG Group as Director 
of Project Management, Vung Ro Petroleum JSC as Development Director, 
VinaProjects as Director of Planning, VinaCapital Real Estate as Deputy 
Managing Director, Real Estate and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of 
Singapore as Head of Local Planning. Chew holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban 
Planning and Master's Degree in Town Planning from the University of 

About Ken Ho

Since joining JERDE in 2000, Ken Ho has brought a high level of design and 
detail development to a range of projects that include Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, 
Waikiki Outrigger Retail Plaza in Honolulu, Palms Place in Las Vegas, and a new 
mixed-use TOD project in Kawagoe, Japan. Prior to JERDE, Ho worked for 
DeJarnett + Biro Architects in Los Angeles and Chan Sau Yan Architects and 
URBAN-3 Architects in Singapore. His work is featured in the book Hypersurface 
Architecture published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. His work has been 
awarded by Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design's 2000 Top 
40, HANSSEM International Design Competition for Housing and the Association 
for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture.


JERDE is a visionary urban design studio creating signature places that deliver 
memorable experiences and attract more than a billion people each year. For 40 
years, JERDE has pioneered the concept of "Placemaking" with more than 120 
major projects on six continents. Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los 
Angeles, each JERDE client works closely with an equity partner to take a 
boutique, collaborative approach to the creative process of design and 
architecture. JERDE places attract people providing lasting social, cultural 
and economic value, spurring further investment and revitalization. JERDE is 
one of only a few architectural firms awarded six ULI Global Awards for 
Excellence in addition to many of the industry's other highest honors and 

JERDE has designed mixed-use, hospitality, and retail destinations throughout 
the world including Langham Place in Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, D-Cube 
City in Seoul, and more recently the Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay in Hainan, 
China, a MIPIM Asia Gold Award winner for Best Hotel & Tourism Development. In 
its home country of the United States, JERDE has designed well known sites such 
as Bellagio in Las Vegas, Pacific City in Huntington Beach, as well as the 
makeovers of the world famous Santa Monica Place and Fashion Island Malls.

Flagship Regional JERDE Projects

JERDE's new developments in Singapore and across the Southeast Asia region 
further complement the firm's strong ties and repeated successes in greater 
Asia, including:  

- Canal City Hakata (Fukuoka, Japan) 
	* 3 million visitors per day in the first 20 days 
	* US$500 million in sales the first year 
	* Fukuoka named Best City in Asia by AsiaWeek the year after project opened
- Namba Parks (Osaka, Japan) 
	* Over 21 million visitors in first year 
	* 10% increase in passenger ridership for adjacent train station 
	* Created 6,400 new jobs 
	* Reduces Osaka'a heat island effect with surface temperatures that are 17 
degrees Celsius cooler in the summer

- D-Cube City (Seoul, Korea) 
	* Land value increase 340% from opening (2003) to 2011 
	* Donated 30% of the land area for community park space 
	* Averages 80,000 visitors per day

- Kanyon (Istanbul, Turkey) 
	* Retail and office 100% leased, residential units all sold prior to opening 
	* Tenant rents exceeded projections by 70%
	* Xiamen Powerlong One Mall (Xiamen, China)

- 400,000 sq meter mixed-use project; second phase opened last year, final 
phase to be complete this year 
	* Incorporation of Metro station into the design 
	* Community spaces include multiple first floors, rooftop deck, and central 

- Grand Hyatt Haitang Bay 
	* Opened in August 2016 and recognised as one of the most premier, exclusive 
and private waterfront resorts in the world 
	* Total Building Area: 70,000 sqm (hotel), 115,000 sqm (master plan)  
	* JERDE responsible for the master plan, architecture, landscape, lobby and 
ADD interior design 
	* Won the Gold Award at MIPIM Asia 2017 for Best Hotel & Tourism Development