Overseas projects in Asia and the Middle East offer opportunities for development on a scale and pace unprecedented in North America. Due to the economic slowdown, many American-based landscape architects have turned to overseas work as a way to diversify their skill set and increase work opportunities.

SWA has embraced the opportunities to work abroad as both a challenge and an adventure. Sean O’Malley speaks to LAM about the benefits and drawbacks – and about our decision to open a Design Consultancy office in Shanghai, China earlier this year. Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full article in Landscape Architecture Magazine here.

“SWA Group’s O’Malley ran into the same problem in creating a master plan for a new city outside of Guangzhou, China in which he suggested including existing villages in the plan and redeveloping them around upgraded canals and plaza.”

Original article published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, August 2011. Reprinted with permission.

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