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DDG Receives Major New Investment | Moves Offices Back to City Center

Posted on November 21, 2016 by

We are happy to announce that our company recently completed a sale of its business assets to a subsidiary of BCT Architects and a group of DDG’s current Principals. The firm’s legal name is now DDG BCT, LLC but we will continue to provide exceptional design services and value to our clients as DDG.

This investment is very exciting news! It brings together two firms with shared values and roots going back to the 1980’s. It also represents the return of former DDG leaders, and a financial backing by BCT that enhances the continuing operations of DDG as a preeminent award-winning international design firm. All the current Principals of DDG – Tony van Vliet, AIA (President), Jim Andreone, Rajesh Gulati, Sa’d Irshaid, and Haris Koentjoro – are being joined by Roy Higgs (one of DDG’s founders), and BCT Principals Bryce Turner, FAIA (Chairman), Bob Gehrman, AIA and Bob Northfield, AIA, each a former DDG leader.


Top row (left to right): Sa’d Irshaid, Jim Andreone, Bob Gehrman, Rajesh Gulati, Haris Koentjoro
Bottom row (left to right): Tony van Vliet, Roy Higgs, Bryce Turner

We are pleased that our esteemed company is now even stronger, and we are excited about the growth and opportunities ahead. DDG and BCT will continue to operate as separate sister companies and distinctive brands, while teaming up strategically to grow both companies in the USA and globally. The two firms have worked together in the past on several high-profile projects, including National Harbor, Fairfax Corner and Belvedere Square. BCT are known for their award-winning projects in the USA and their exceptional full-service architecture and engineering solutions. DDG are known for our ability to deliver dynamic, extraordinary solutions for place-making in cities, towns and suburbs all over the world. Together, we have the potential to grow into a global architecture and design leader that can deliver inspiring developments that resonate with their communities, promote healthy social interaction, and represent the latest in technology, security and sustainability.

In conjunction with the investment, DDG has moved its headquarters offices from Baltimore’s Canton district over to the premier Mies van der Rohe building in the center of the City, reflecting our commitment to walkable communities, innovative urban design, and the retail driven place-making of highly livable environments for which our work is known. Our new offices are located in One Charles Center at 100 North Charles Street, returning just two blocks north of DDG’s first offices.

DDG’s value is in our talented, experienced and passionate interdisciplinary design team; in-depth understanding of commercial development; in the trust and loyalty built with longtime clients both internationally and in the US; and in the esteemed brand established within the global marketplace. All of these values are strengthened by this investment and collaboration with BCT.

This is the start of a bright new era at DDG and we can’t wait for what’s ahead!


DDG Wins Marina Rosha Design Competition in Moscow

Posted on November 10, 2016 by


We are proud to announce that DDG has been selected to design the new Marina Rosha mixed-use development in the heart of Moscow! Our design submission won an international design competition and DDG was awarded the commission by ENKA TC, one of the leading developers in Moscow and Russian Federation. It is a mixed-use project combining office, retail, dining and lifestyle located at a high-profile and strategic location in the North East Administrative District of Moscow, along Sheremetyevskaya Street.

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Collaboration yields good design!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by


Our Principal, Haris Koentjoro delivered a lecture at ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung) in Indonesia last month “Collaboration in a Flat World.” His presentation centered on our strong history of working in Indonesia beginning with our internship program with ITB and continuing with strategic alliance with Alami Group.

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Fulton Market Nears Completion!

Posted on September 13, 2016 by

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Located at 11 Fulton Street in the historic South Street Seaport district of Lower Manhattan, our project site was home to the Fulton Fish Market which operated from 1822 to the 1930s. The site owner, Howard Hughes Corporation, decided to renovate the property after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which is when iPic was first alerted to the site.

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Design Award for Grand Kamala Lagoon

Posted on July 8, 2016 by


Judges for the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards have named DDG’s Grand Kamala Lagoon (Bekasi, Indonesia) as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. DDG earned the Merit honors for Grand Kamala Lagoon in the Future Projects – Commercial + Residential category. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world. Haris Koentjoro, DDG Principal and Project Manager for Grand Kamala, attended the awards ceremony in San Francisco last week.

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Mall of Istanbul wins 2016 ICSC European Shopping Centre Award!

Posted on May 10, 2016 by


We are honored to share that Mall of Istanbul – a dynamic mixed-use development in Istanbul, Turkey, designed by DDG – has earned the Design Award for New Developments – Large/Extra Large ICSC at this year’s ICSC-European Design & Development Awards.

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Metland Visit

Posted on April 26, 2016 by


DDG was excited to host our long time client, Metropolitan Land also known as Metland, last week. The group, which was visiting United States, came for multi-day workshop to our studio in Baltimore for an intimate look at how we work and to discuss several current projects, Metland Cyber City, Metland Grand Apartments, and the long anticipated Metropolitan Mall Cileungsi which is scheduled for a soft opening in just a few weeks. Metropolitan Mall Cileungsi is the next installment in the Grand Metropolitan Mall brand.

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Emrah Elban joins DDG

Posted on April 8, 2016 by


We are happy to announce the addition of Emrah T. Elban to the DDG team as Director of Business Development for Russia | CIS.

Emrah brings an extensive marketing and business development experience throughout Russia and the CIS countries to our DDG family. His past experience includes Commercial Director for Trader Media East in Moscow; Sales and Marketing Director of Mobilera for Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia; and the Regional Development Director at Fintur Holdings BV/Kcell in Kazakhstan.

“Given his vast knowledge of the market, we are looking forward to Emrah playing a key role in helping us expand our service offering to that area of the world” says DDG CEO and President Tony van Vliet. “We anticipate doing great things together.”

Join us in welcoming Emrah to DDG!


Мы рады сообщить вам о присоединении господина Эмраха Т. Элбана к команде DDG в качестве Директора по развитию бизнеса по России и СНГ.

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A City Built for Innovation

Posted on March 15, 2016 by


By Brennan Murray

During my recent trip to Dubai for a meeting about a new living community project in Saudi Arabia, I took a moment to reflect on what makes Dubai unique.

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Indonesia Week Recap

Posted on February 24, 2016 by


Earlier this month, our team had whirl wind trip to Indonesia. More than 15 meetings with many existing and potential clients over the course of a week. It’s hard to believe our first project in Indonesia in 1990 was Pondok Indah Mall 1. Our 25-year history of working in the region enabled us to design such award-winning, genre-defining projects like Pondok Indah Mall 1, 2, 3, Pondok CityWalk, Pondok Indah Hotel and Residences, and Pondok Street Gallery; Golf View Terraces; Grand Metropolitan; Citraland Grogol aka Hotel Ciputra; and most recently Bintaro Jaya Xchange.

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