Architecture Firm Name: G8A Architecture & Urban Planning
Firm Location: Singapore + Bern, Switzerland
Founding Year: 2007 + 2000
Manuel Der Hagopian (born in 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland) graduated from the Geneva Institute of Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland (IAUG) and Belleville School of Architecture, Paris (ENSAPB). He is one of the original Partners of group8 architects, established in Geneva in 2000, and is a Co-founder and Partner at G8A in charge of operations at the Singapore office. He also co-manages the offices in Geneva, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. His main responsibilities include design direction, conceptual design and project management.
In collaboration with international and local institutions, Manuel co-curates the Singaporean exhibition and event hub TB80 Space whilst simultaneously coordinating touring exhibitions contributing to architectural and cultural exchange.
Through G8A’s think tank, aptly named 8+, he also purses his strong interest in the consequences of a rapidly growing population’s impact on the residential housing situation in South East Asia.
Grégoire Du Pasquier (born 1970 in Geneva, Switzerland) is an architect and graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL, 1995). He is one of the original Partners of group8 architects, established in Geneva in 2000, and is a Co-founder and Partner at G8A. Prior to start his own practice, Grégoire gained valuable international design and managment experience in New York and Paris, working for worldwide wellknown companies such as Smith-Miller & Hawkinson and Guedot & Chaslin architects.
Currently in charge of operations at the Ho Chi Minh City and Geneva offices, Grégoire also co-manages the offices in Hanoi and Singapore. His main responsibilities include design direction, conceptual design and project management. Grégoire is at the head of all development projects across the G8A offices and is the initial contact for potential projects and collaborations. His areas of interest lie also in developing projects in the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.
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G8A is an entirely Swiss-owned company. Based in Geneva (Switzerland), Singapore and Hanoi (Vietnam), it is led by two founding architects Manuel Der Hagopian and Grégoire Du Pasquier, each with more than fifteen years’ experience, assisted by two Directors Armand Devillard and Laurence Savy. The company specializes in architectural design, urban planning and interior design. Aiming to innovate and produce creative strategies, G8A focuses on setting standards at all levels, particularly in terms of economic and environmental efficiency. Integrating cultural added-value into each project remains a central part of all actions and discussions within the team. G8A’s workshop culture offers satisfaction and synergies through teamwork at both local and international level. All projects are submitted to the same rigorous internal process, whatever the scale, from the study for a simple birdcage to the development of a mixed-use complex or the master planning for a new town. G8A’s projects feature regularly in local and international publications. All of the firm’s partners actively participate in professional associations for architects, both in Switzerland and Asia. G8A is also part of the theoretical debate in architecture through its involvement in a number of lectures and teaching endeavors all over the world.Read More: