In October 2019, Buju Architects were invited to Thailand and Indonesia as part of the Northern Powerhouse trade mission organised by the Department of International Trade (DIT). Southeast Asia is predicted to be the world’s 4th largest single market after the EU, US and China by 2030. Prova from Buju Architects joined 20 other businesses from the North of England looking to expand their businesses in the Far East.
The aim of the mission was to create relationships with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and to explore the business’ export opportunities. The meetings and events held in Bangkok and Jakarta were hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce and DIT. Trade and investment opportunities were presented by a number of speakers where we also had the opportunity to present our business.
Designing for Care is at the heart of research and development for the practice; specialising in design for Autism, Dementia and Accessibility. Buju Architects had the opportunity to get in front of key decision-makers, educators, local architects and property developers to research potential client opportunities and collaborations. We were also able to visit a local autism centre in Jakarta, LSPR (http://lspr.edu/) and see at first-hand the great work the centre is doing for young adults with autism in responding to constraints and aspirations for the future. We see great potential for our specialist service to support in making a difference to the special educational needs for children in this region.
Overall, the mission was a success in developing new relationships and engaging with key international partners in the ASEAN region. We look forward to collaborating with our local partners to help design and adapt schools for children with special educational needs in the near future.