RTKL Opens Brazil Office, Continues Growth in South America

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Steady new commissions lead practice to establish presence in São Paulo.

RTKL's Rendering of the Master Plan for Cidade da Copa

To serve our clients better, we’ve established a presence in Sao Paolo and will be looking to build on this over time.

RTKL, the global architecture and urban design practice, has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil. The region continues to show signs of economic growth and a market ripe for RTKL’s services and commitment to architecture that makes the world a better, more sustainable place.

“South America has always been a fertile market for RTKL, and our legacy in the region dates back to the 1980’s,” says RTKL President and CEO Lance K. Josal FAIA. “Recently we’ve seen a new wave of demand for our master planning and architectural design services, and this fits well with our broader global strategy. To serve our clients better, we’ve established a presence in Sao Paolo and will be looking to build on this over time.”

Following the recent grand opening of the Sonae Sierra/RTKL-designed Uberlândia Shopping in Brazil, RTKL has also completed the initial design phase for the retail, dining and entertainment area within Cidade da Copa, a master planned community containing a 2014 World Cup stadium in Recife, Brazil. RTKL’s design integrates the natural features of the site into a celebration of Brazilian culture, with a series of indoor and outdoor spaces designed to celebrate traditional Brazilian dances.

“If you look at the best sports venues in the world, they aren’t just stadiums; they promote economic and neighborhood expansion by fostering a sense of community and civic purpose. RTKL’s design has done that for Cidade da Copa, providing a sense of place and a commercial center for the entire district,” said Jeffrey J. Gunning, RTKL Senior Vice President.

RTKL’s new São Paulo office will be managed by Camila Simas, a Sao Paulo native who has spent the past several years working in RTKL’s London office.

The new office is located at:
Rua Funchal, 418
Sala 3512
São Paulo
CEP 045510-60
T. + 55 (11) 3521-7201
F. + 55 (11) 3521-7070

About RTKL:
RTKL is a worldwide architecture, engineering, planning and creative services organization. Part of the ARCADIS global network since 2007, RTKL specializes in providing its multi-disciplinary services across the full development cycle to create places of distinction and designs of lasting value. RTKL works with commercial, workplace, public and healthcare clients on projects around the globe. http://www.rtkl.com

ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. The company enhances mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance in the built and natural environment. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 21,000 people and €2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. http://www.arcadis.com

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RTKL Associates, Inc.
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