Hong Kong – International architecture practice, 10 Design (part of Egis Group), is pleased to announce its merger with SB Architects, a San Francisco-headquartered architecture and design practice that specialises in creating international hospitality destinations. The merger not only broadens 10 Design’s geographical reach in the US but also enhances the practice’s expertise in hospitality design.
With 10 Design being part of Egis Group – one of the world’s leading consulting, engineering, and operating companies, the strategic business merger with SB Architects further expands Egis’ design and architectural capabilities. The deal also allows SB Architects to expand its global presence and compete for high-profile projects in new markets.
Complementary in nature, both 10 Design and SB Architects are entrepreneurial in spirit, ethically driven, and people-first firms, with a keen focus on innovation and sustainability. While preserving the current business structure, leadership team, and design approach, the merger allows 10 Design and SB Architects to pursue new opportunities, collaborate with a whole new host of design professionals, and support each other in an expanded geographic reach.
10 Design is an international architecture and master planning practice with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Edinburgh, Dubai, Miami, London, Shenzhen, and Singapore. The practice focuses on bringing innovative design solutions for multicultural projects, with economic and social integrity. A selection of its international projects includes China Resources’ Sungang MixC Retail Mall, Shenzhen, China; Hon Thom Island Integrated Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam; Al Seef Mixed Use Development, Dubai, UAE; New Town Quarter Regeneration, Edinburgh, UK; and Downtown South Masterplan, Raleigh, US to name a few.
10 Design’s parent company, Egis is a global leader in the consulting, construction engineering, and mobility service sectors with operations in 120 countries worldwide. Egis – which recently produced the Paris 2050 Carbon Neutral Plan – already works with some of the world’s leading architectural firms, and the 10 Design – SB Architects merger is part of a strategic plan to develop architectural talents in-house.
SB Architects has designed award-winning projects around the world, such as Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico, the first purpose-built Ritz-Carlton Reserve; Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort that immerses guests in the natural rhythms and solace of nature; the AMARA Hotel in Cyprus, a five-star resort set on a beachfront outside the seaside town of Limassol; Conrad Punta de Mita, Hilton’s first-ever Conrad brand resort in Mexico; Fort Lauderdale’s tallest building, 100 Las Olas; and most recently, the new PGA Headquarters, Omni PGA Frisco Resort.
Ross Milne, CEO at 10 Design, commented: “This merger is another step along the way to expand upon 10 Design’s international footprint. The geographic office locations and design skills of each practice provide an incredible platform for multi-skill collaboration. In the past 18 months, we have worked together on many projects from Asia to the US, which has strengthened our belief that we are completely aligned culturally and in terms of architectural ambition. I look forward to the next chapter where we together with Egis can build the business and produce world-class architecture.”
David Pringle, Director of Architecture Line at Egis, reaffirmed the strategic business plan for the merger: “Egis is establishing a worldwide line of international architecture firms. Each will be a world leader in critical sectors across the built environment, optimising the creation of synergies within Egis. 10 Design joined Egis in 2017 as the first architecture firm and continues to lead the design of mixed-use projects worldwide. This was followed in 2022 with Weston Williamson + Partners, headquartered in London, with expertise in large-scale infrastructure projects. We are delighted to now welcome the merger between SB Architects and 10 Design. SB Architects’ celebrated architecture and award winning credentials present enormous synergies worldwide with Egis. This merger represents Egis’ most important achievement in US to date. We look forward to the exciting growth planned across the continent, with our prestigious design offer.”
Scott Lee, President and Principal at SB Architects said: “We are delighted to share this announcement, in what I have no doubt will be an exciting and pivotal moment for our future. This is an incredible opportunity to transition and evolve SB Architects, and it happened at the right time, in the right way to allow our firm’s vision and potential to be fully realised. This merger is in line with our strategic plan to build on the strength of our service offering while maintaining our commitment to quality, innovation, and value. The reputation and resources from the Egis Group and 10 Design combined with SB Architects’ 62 years of design excellence, will secure the collective a place in the pantheon of architecture, which is the pinnacle of where we have always strived to be.”