Omar A.Take

PHILOSOPHY

The Art of & Science of Building
Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. I have always strived to create works of Architecture within an urban environment that is geared towards comfort. Places where people feel they want to live, work and visit, again and again.

My professional experience spans the globe, but large or small, regardless of borders, I learned under my mentor Kenzo Tange that our designs should focus on meeting the unique needs and comfort of our clients while adapting to the surrounding environment. To fully understand our clients' needs and aspirations we engage them in continuous, active dialogue. The result is unparalleled, creative and comfortable spaces -- inspired by our clients. It is true that form follows function, however, the aesthetic character of a project is major part of Function because it has an direct impact in people’s lives - I reject the notion that Forms Follows Profit which is sadly the practice nowadays. I believe that the challenge of the Architect is to create any building as a sculptural timeless work regardless of budget constraints.



CURRICULUM

  • Canadian Citizen, born in Mexico City
  • 1972 - Bachelor of Architecture(with high distinction) , American University of Beirut
  • 1975 - Masters in Architecture in Advanced Studies (with honors) , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA as Fulbright Scholar
  • 1976 - Lecturer at the School of Architecture, American University of Beirut
  • 1978 - 84 - Principal Architect - Kenzo Tange & URTEC, Paris & Tokyo
  • 1985 - VP - Projects Department - Council for Development & Reconstruction of Lebanon and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, American University of Beirut
  • 1986 - 89 - Senior Partner with EAST (Engineering & Architecture Specialist Team) Kuwait & London
  • 1989 - 2000 - Vice President of Kenzo Tange Associates, Paris & Tokyo
  • 2000
    - Representative of Tange Associates for Canada
    - Collaboration with Tange Associates for Projects in Europe & Middle East
    - Design Consultant with IHI Planning Ltd. in Vancouver
    - President, Take International Consulting – Vancouver, BC, Canada

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Principal architect - Kenzo Tange & Urtec Paris / Tokyo - 1976-1985
VP projects dept. CDR – Beirut, Lebanon 1985
E.A.S.T. – Kuwait - partner 1986 - 1989
VP of Kenzo Tange associates, Paris / Tokyo 1989 – 2000
Rep. of Tange associates in Canada 2000 -
Design consultant to IHI planning, Vancouver, 2000 –
President - take architectural consulting, Vancouver , ca 2000 -

It has been over half a century that the Tange name has been synonymous with epoch-making and contemporary architecture. Embedded within our creative process is the distinctive Tange "DNA," that has emerged through the practice over these many years, generating our commitment to design quality, client dialogue and respect for local issues. From this inspired "DNA," we strive to create innovative architecture integrated with warm and comfortable spaces as a freelance Design Consultant..