Wordsearch Place, a world leader in real estate strategy, has rebranded to MurrayTwohig.
Founded by William Murray and David Twohig four years ago, the change to MurrayTwohig reflects the business’ evolution into an international place strategy business that will also act as a developer on major mixed-use projects in the future.
Since 2018, the business has provided vision and real estate strategy on over 300 million sq.ft. of development with a project value in excess of $200 billion, including at London’s Battersea Power Station and Earls Court, Sony Center Berlin, Glass Bottle in Dublin, Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco and Chicago’s Lincoln Yards.
MurrayTwohig currently is based in London, Dublin and Toronto, which is led by senior director Jennifer Johnson, with major ongoing mixed-use projects in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Its clients include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Tishman Speyer and Related Group.
William Murray has worked for more than two decades on some of the world’s most prestigious buildings and developments, including the Shard in London, One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower and Hudson Yards in New York, The 78 in Chicago, Mission Rock, Downsview in Toronto, and Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. He is an expert facilitator, speaker, and writer, and has unrivalled experience in the creation of Place Vision, in articulating the critical elements of a project’s success factors and understanding how they can be employed in both placemaking and communication strategies.
David Twohig worked for a decade on the largest planning application ever secured in London – at the iconic Battersea Power Station. Working as both the Chief Development Officer and Head of Design and Placemaking, David was instrumental in developing the masterplan, land use strategy, architecture and placemaking strategy at the Power Station – running all aspects of design and placemaking on one of the biggest and fastest selling residential projects in UK history and new home of Apple Inc. David helped establish an IPO for the largest western owned development company in China and has worked across Ireland, the EU and North America throughout his development career.
William Murray said:
“The current development system is no longer fit for purpose. The 20th Century model is a combustion engine in an electric age.
MurrayTwohig is firmly a 21st Century Business – responding to the issues and opportunities of this century, not the last. We are place strategists, place makers and place enablers – impact partners – collaborating with teams around the world to learn, to advise, to facilitate, to share our knowledge and experience and to learn – consulting and developing mixed-use projects where we think purpose-led development can make a positive difference to drive long-term value and create successful, thriving places.”
David Twohig said:
“The name change comes at an inflection point in the evolution of our business as well as the wider real estate industry. The demand for the strategic guidance that we provide to developers, investors and cities across North America, Europe and the Middle East has never been greater. As the industry evolves to recognise the relationship between shareholder and stakeholder interests, we are excited about the next chapter of our role in shaping the places of the future.”