MEA Talks: David Lessard says demand from market led to launch of H+A
Having only launched less than a year ago, Dubai-based architecture practice H+A, founded by David Lessard and Stas Louca, is a boutique design practice that focuses on healthcare, hospitality and residential projects that has already scooped up a number of significant commissions.
According to Lessard, while there is a high level of turn out for projects across the practice’s three main sectors, clients are now looking for “differentiated products”, which has created unique opportunities for the specialised architects.
“One could argue that from a supply and demand point of view, there are plenty of beds for hospitals and plenty of keys for hotel rooms, but this, to us, was the opportunity,” he said. “It is no longer about volume… It’s really about clients that are coming to the market with a differentiated product, and that differentiated product really needs expertise and specialised force in order to do something that is unique and really stands out amongst the competition.
“It’s clients that have, more so than anything else, led us to [launching H+A]. They wanted more access to us. They wanted to work directly with us in the larger firms for the types of projects that they had in their pipeline.”
One of H+A’s first projects has been the highly-anticipated proton beam therapy centre for Abu Dhabi — first the in region. The studio has also announced its recently appointed role as consulting architects for Downtown Design 2018.
In the first edition of MEA Talks, an ongoing series of video interviews with architects who made the magazine’s annual power list, Lessard discusses launching H+A and how it hopes to fulfill its vision. The video is presented by Cosentino, and was shot at the company’s showroom in Dubai Design District.