RMJM Group and Hillier Architecture Announce Merger



    
    Creates World's Leading Design Architecture Firm

    Truly Global Capabilities, with Leading Architects and Offices on Four
    Continents
    

    EDINBURGH, Scotland and PRINCETON, N.J., June 19 /CNW/ -- In a milestone
event for the architectural design industry, RMJM, one of the world's largest
architectural practices, and Hillier, one of the largest architectural design
firms in the U.S., today announced plans to merge their firms, creating a
combined entity with unprecedented depth of talent and global reach.
    The merged firm creates a super-studio positioned to deliver holistic
architectural solutions anywhere in the world, with offices in 16 cities
across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, approximately 1,000
design professionals and more than $15 billion in construction value of
buildings currently under design.
    "Never before in the history of architecture have clients had such a
global depth of architectural talent to meet their design aspirations," said
Peter Morrison, CEO of the RMJM Group.  "The new firm will draw on a skill set
from our diverse and experienced professionals that is unmatched and can be
perfectly tailored to meet the design needs of our client base."
    In North America, the firm will be branded as RMJM Hillier and form the
North American business of the RMJM Group, with offices in New York City,
Philadelphia, Princeton, NJ, and Washington, DC.
    "The beauty of this partnership is that both firms see design as a way of
enhancing people's lives -- creating livable, sustainable cities, fostering
new ways of learning and working -- and both have sophisticated clients in
every corner of the globe," says J. Robert Hillier, founder and chairman of
Princeton, N.J.-based Hillier Architecture. "It's about more than having 1,000
architects worldwide; what is significant is that we now have 250 architects
on each of four continents. That's huge in terms of our ability to understand
the issues that face our clients, work with them closely, and still bring a
broader, global perspective to everything we do."
    The combined entity will offer services in architecture, interior design,
master planning, urban design, historic preservation, arts consultancy, land
planning, landscape design, graphics and computer visualization. Regardless of
industry sector, location or client need, the firm can match the right minds
to find the right design solution and provide clients with the most
sophisticated resources in communication and technology.
    RMJM and Hillier are multi-award-winning firms with a broad range of
disciplines in the public and private sectors. Together their past or current
clients include: Gazprom, China Merchant Bank, W Hotels, Beijing Olympic
Convention Center, Cornell University, Princeton University, Oxford
University, Cambridge University, University of Colorado, Pfizer,
GlaxoSmithKline, and Sprint.
    
    The merger will be completed on June 19, 2007.
    
    EFCG, based in New York City, and Deloitte & Touche acted as financial
advisers to RMJM.  Dickson Minto of Edinburgh and Burns Levinson of Boston
acted as legal counsel.  West Investment Banking of Pompano Beach, FL and
Mercadien Group of Princeton, NJ acted as financial advisers to Hillier
Architecture. Reed Smith of Philadelphia, PA acted as legal counsel.

    
    About the RMJM Group
    
    RMJM is an international firm of architects with offices throughout the
UK, Asia and the Middle East.  Founded in 1956 by renowned British architects
Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall, today RMJM is one of the world's
largest architectural practices and employs almost 700 people in 11
international offices:  Bangkok, Beijing, Cambridge, Dubai, Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Shanghai and Singapore.  Recently, the
firm has secured commissions in four of the world's rapidly developing markets
- China, India, Russia and Qatar -- providing the impetus for forthcoming
offices in Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Doha.  Visit www.rmjm.com

    
    About Hillier
    
    Founded in 1966, by J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, Hillier Architecture is a
300-person international design firm providing services in architecture,
interior design, land planning, strategic facilities planning, historic
preservation, urban design, landscape architecture and graphic design through
a network of offices in Princeton, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C.
and Shanghai. Design excellence and client-focused service are cornerstones of
the practice. Named "2006 Firm of the Year" by the American Institute of
Architects- New Jersey Chapter, Hillier has received more than 300 awards for
design, leadership and environmental responsibility over the past four
decades. Visit www.hillier.com.

    
    Press Contact
    Mike Holloway, Edelman
    212-704-4532, michael.holloway@edelman.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Mike Holloway of Edelman, +1-212-704-4532, 
michael.holloway@edelman.com, for RMJM Hillier Web Site:
http://www.hillier.com                  http://www.rmjm.com

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