Architectural pioneer celebrates 50th anniversary
WZMH Architects stands tall with extensive experience at 50. With diverse projects across building types globally, the company's commitment to quality, design and respect for architecture has inspired it to create buildings of iconic value. "We pride ourselves on being very nimble," says Brian Andrew, principal at WZMH. "In every project, it is the principals that work collaboratively with our clients to provide that personal level of service."
Attesting to WZMH's pioneering spirit and sustainable construction practices are some of the most notable structures worldwide. WZMH was the lead architect for the Canadian National Tower in downtown Toronto, the tallest free-standing structure in the world for 34 years since it was completed in 1976. At 553 metres, it was included in the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 68-storey Scotia Plaza, another landmark project, is the largest building in Canada certified platinum by the US Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
"We've been able to successfully export our expertise because of our experience with high-rise construction in Canada," says principal Jay Bigelow. "Our designs increasingly focus on energy efficiency, and those standards would also apply to our projects in the Far East or the Middle East."
Internationally, WZMH has demonstrated architectural expertise in at least seven major commercial buildings in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Securities Exchange Building, China Insurance and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. The company is proud to have been the design architect for the Nation Towers project in Abu Dhabi. Holding a new record for the highest link bridge at 202 metres, the 3 million sq ft complex includes a five-star 350-room hotel, apartments, office spaces and an up-market niche retail destination.
"We always work with local players and look for complementarity," Andrew says. "This way, we combine the local knowledge of our partners with our international expertise."