Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects will open a bi-coastal practice in the United States in early 2020, bringing Danish design within closer reach of clients in North America. With the addition of the new North American studios, Schmidt Hammer Lassen will be represented in Copenhagen, Shanghai, New York, and San Francisco.

The firm will work out of Perkins and Will studios in New York and San Francisco, allowing the Schmidt Hammer Lassen teams to enhance their engagement with clients in North America, establish a permanent local presence, and become more closely integrated with their American and Canadian colleagues.

New York and San Francisco were selected as North American home bases for Schmidt Hammer Lassen because of their convenient access to clients and projects, including the masterplan for UCSF Parnassus Medical Center in San Francisco, a joint project with Perkins and Will.