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RMJM's former Singapore chief replaced

The AJ understands Mark Paterson, managing director of RMJM’s Singapore office since 2003, has recently resigned

It has emerged Paterson left before Christmas and has now been replaced by Charlie Barguirdjian.

Infrastructure specialist Paterson joined the practice’s Singapore outpost in 2001 as a director and worked on projects such as the Hyderabad Rail stations, the Hyatt Regency Resort at DaNang, Vietnam and luxury apartments in the Nassim Road area of Singapore.

According to RMJM Paterson’s resignation ‘followed a restructuring of the studio’ and his biography has since been removed from the RMJM website. His exit means that every director and principal in working in the Asia region 18 months ago has now left.

One former senior RMJM staff member described the situation as ‘tragic’. Last week Glasgow-based principal Alastair Brand was sacked by RMJM last Monday (16 January), and Paul Stallan, the driving force behind the company in Scotland, quit on Thursday (19 January).

The AJ100 practice has been repeatedly in the news in recent weeks. Despite failing to pay staff on time on numerous occasions, the practice recently bought the remains of troubled practice YRM for around £30,000 just before Christmas.

A spokesman for RMJM said: ‘Mark Paterson resigned back in October 2011 following restructuring of the Singapore studio. Mark has since been replaced by Charlie Barguirdjian, global transportation specialist.

‘Charlie is leading several new transportation projects, which RMJM has recently won, including segment 3 of the Domodedovo airport in Moscow.’

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