Vancouver-based LSW Architects and China-based Ecuadorian firm ENNE Arquitectos have signed a partnership agreement designed to increase the impact of their work in a way that they believe is crucial for global communities, the LSW press release said. Their overall focus will be to uphold environmental management in the built environment and promote recovery as a bior purposeful design.
Leaders of both firms met in Quito, Ecuador, during a nationwide tour of medical facilities in April to formalize details. They agreed to give each other experience and capacity when they carry out projects across the Western United States and Latin America. Looking to the future and the types of projects they plan to implement as a single unit, LSW and ENNE’s management sees the potential for collaboration with healthcare providers, nonprofits, higher education institutions and government agencies.
“We have a great opportunity to lead real change together,” said Esther Liu, president of LSW, which was present in China. “Antonio and his team bring tremendous vision, passion and skill to the design of large-scale medical facilities that redefine the human experience. We look forward to working with them and look forward to sharing our resources with communities and partners invested in enhancing the importance of integrated health and well-being. ”
At the heart of the LSW-ENNE partnership is a mutual commitment to sustainability. Both firms have incorporated sustainable design into every aspect of their business, projects and operations to contribute to the continuous improvement of their work.
“As designers, if we can mimic nature in its processes and structures, use energy efficiently, process water and provide a low impact on the site, we will be closer to rehabilitative construction. After all, if we compare our buildings with trees, we will live in the woods. In addition to improving the quality of life and health of space users, we will become part of a sustainable natural system, ”said ENNE Arquitectos co-founder Antonio Narange, who will be in Vancouver from June 2022.
The LSW / ENNE team will work together on advanced design for resilience, recovery and injury to make the built environment a safer, kinder, healing and uplifting place for people and the world around us. Together, they are promoting construction practices that suggest projects will be neutral until 2030.
“People spend most of their lives in built-up environments. For us, this means creating healthy spaces that give life to people, whether at school, at home or in intensive care, ”said Max Olt, LSW’s Chief Strategic Officer, who also toured Ecuador. “The partnership between LSW and ENNE is our way of doubling our values in a very technical and energetic way for our teams.”
The partnership between LSW Architects and ENNE Arquitectos has lasted for more than two decades. In the early stages of her career, Casey Wykaff, CEO of LSW Architects, and Antonio Narange, founder of ENNE Arquitectos, worked together at LSW and shared mutual gratitude for beautiful design as a force that brings life to people and communities. This agreement marks the beginning of a new path for them, their firms and their customers.
“The team is very excited about this agreement,” Wykaff said in a statement to the VBJ. “The partnership between LSW and ENNE provides an opportunity for international collaboration that delivers local results, especially with a focus on sustainable design and human well-being.”