Leading architectural and design firm, Rice Daubney announced that it will be merging its operations with US-based global architectural firm, HDR.

Effective November 1, the firm will now be known as HDR | Rice Daubney and the merger marks the first time in the architectural industry that a major firm has sought to support its long-term strategy with a global partnership.

HDR, which provides architecture, engineering, consulting and construction services, has completed projects in over 60 countries and is currently ranked No 1 for healthcare design and science design in the world. These credentials will no doubt complement Rice Daubney’s 36 years of design leadership in the healthcare, research, defense, commercial and retail markets.

In a statement release by the Sydney firm, Rice Daubney described the alliance as part of the firm’s long-term strategy to grow its business, expand its offering to clients and provide greater opportunities for employees.

“This merger is occurring at the right time for our long-term development planning,” said Rice Daubney managing director John Daubney. “It gives our clients access to a deeper pool of specialised global knowledge. Importantly, it also gives our people more opportunities to develop their expertise locally and overseas as well as their long-term careers as part of a larger global community.”

Rice Daubney’s “pool” currently includes $3.5 billion worth of projects. Going forward, HDR|Rice Daubney will be the arm for HDR’s architectural design practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

“HDR brings highly specialised services that will enhance Rice Daubney’s position in the Australian market along with a global platform on which Rice Daubney may deliver their expertise in commercial and retail,” said HDR Architecture president Doug Wignall in a statement. “Having Rice Daubney on board allows us to bring the best ideas in diverse project types to our clients in nearly every corner of the globe.”

The collaboration will see Rice Daubney add its 120 Sydney employees to join HDR’s 1,500+ employees around the world. It will also mean that 25 per cent of HDR Architecture’s employees are now located outside of the United States.