After nearly two decades of operations in South-East Asia, Cox Architecture has announced the opening of its newly formed Kuala Lumpur (KL) Studio in Malaysia.

Cox Architecture founder, Philip Cox said the new studio represents an exciting step for the practice and signals the firm’s long-time commitment to the region.

“The practice is moving into a new era of growth and development,” Cox said.

“We’re committed to not just building on past and present relationships with prominent local developers, government agencies and local partners, but to establishing and growing new relationships in the region.

Opening the KL studio allows us to do this in a more personal, efficient and productive way.”

The Malaysian studio joins Cox Architecture representation in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai, and the firm’s six studios in Australia – in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide.

Leading the KL Studio will be Project Director Matthew Gaál, supported by Cox Architecture Directors Philip Cox, Ian Sutter and Patrick Ness.

Providing additional support will be the firm’s dedicated Asia Team, comprising architects, urban designers, transport planners and interior designers. This highly skilled international team has been drawn from across Cox’s studios in Australia and abroad specifically to service projects in the region.

“Over the past 15 years, Cox Architecture has been responsible for the design and delivery of some of Malaysia’s most successful building programmes, including the KLCC Traders Hotel, KL Convention Centre, Platinum Sentral, and Putrajaya 2C2,” Gaal said.

“With a permanent presence in Kuala Lumpur and using the Studio as a base in Asia, the Cox team aims to continue its long history of collaboration and award winning design.”

Having worked as an architect and design manager in the US, UK, Middle East, Australia and Malaysia on numerous award winning and iconic projects, Gaal brings an international perspective to the design process.

“We look forward to continuing our work in KL and throughout the region.”