Architecture firm allies with international firm

Architecture firm allies with international firm

INDIANAPOLIS — Ratio Architects has formed a strategic allegiance with a Chicago-based firm that brings Ratio not only into the Chicago market but also into the international arena.

Indianapolis-based Ratio — which has a studio in downtown Champaign — announced Tuesday it has struck an alliance with SMDP, a design practice with projects in China, Korea and the United States. Its portfolio includes several high-rise and mixed-use projects.

SMDP's two principals — Scott Sarver and Dae-Hong Minn — are now consulting principals to Ratio, according to a Ratio release.

Sarver and Minn have designed more than 200 million square feet in more than 20 countries, the release stated.

"We have actively searched for more than a year for a firm with strong international credentials so we can leverage our design portfolio in new, expanding markets," said William Browne Jr., Ratio's founding principal and president.

The Ratio/SMDP studio in Chicago will be located in the city's River East section. The studio was recently awarded a contract in Xian, China, to create a scenic entertainment zone for four miles of waterfront park space near the historic Han Dynasty cultural site.

Ratio Architects now has offices in Indianapolis, Chicago, Champaign and Raleigh, N.C. Ratio added the Champaign studio in 2004 as the result of a merger with Severns, Reid and Associates. Ratio added the Raleigh studio in January 2011 after a merger with Cherry Huffman Associates.

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