B+H was one of the first foreign architecture firms to establish a presence in China, opening an office in Shanghai in 1992 after winning a competition to design the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. Issued a permit bearing the auspicious number one, the Toronto-based firm received the first all-encompassing license to work on projects in the new special economic zone in Shanghai, testament to B+H’s pioneering involvement in the market transformation experiment that China would embark upon.

Since 1992, B+H’s Shanghai office has evolved into a full-service architecture, master planning, interior and landscape practice, with more than 150 employees and projects designing commercial, mixed-use, residential, transportation, industrial and lab/pharmaceutical facilities. To date, the firm has had over 21 million square metres of its design work constructed over the past 20 years in China. The Shanghai office now anchors B+H’s branch office in Beijing and its expansion into other Asian markets, including Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Delhi.

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