UK architect firm opens in Mongolia

A UK architect practice has become the first from the country to open a studio in Mongolia.

Gateshead-based Gradon Architecture is now operating in the country’s capital Ulan Bator, and has taken on three Mongolian staff in the expansion.

The site is the company’s first overseas practice, helping it increase its international business from zero to 25% of total turnover in two years.

The venture will be managed by Tanja Smith, who has been promoted to the role of technical director and moved to the country to oversee its growth.

She said  “We’re delighted Gradon has become the first UK architect practice to open for business in Mongolia.

“In many ways, the country is as modern as the UK, with an enthusiasm for forward-thinking and a desire for change.

“However, as one of the coldest and most polluted places to live on earth, Mongolia and especially its capital Ulan Bator, continues to face significant environmental challenges.”