The joy of building things and the desire for constant development of our own abilities are what drive us all here at Semrén & Månsson. This is how excellence, years of experience and the motivation of newly qualified experts are kept alive in a business involving a number of different specialist fields. Here at Semrén & Månsson, we are driven by the conviction that we can create architecture that brings quality of life. But this can only be achieved when design, technology and financial considerations interact fully.
We are receptive to the wishes of our customers in everything we do, and we are sensitive to the conditions imposed by reality. We feel that the most important thing is to see and understand the site where the project is to be implemented and to understand the customer's situation. To see the opportunities offered and challenges presented by the site, and at the same time to consider the customer's needs and sort these into some kind of order. Understanding this work is crucial. Clients have begun to take more of an interest in architecture as a value creator and quality factor over the past few years, and this is something that pleases us tremendously.
Adelina Mehra, our CEO, came here as a trainee. We discovered that we thought alike, and right from the outset she was a fearless sparring partner. When she moved to Stockholm, we opened an office there so that we could keep her. She has exceptionally good judgement as a CEO, as an architect and as a project manager.
Commissions relating to care are one of our specialist fields here at Semrén & Månsson, and Niklas Kruse is responsible for these. There were no hospital planning jobs available when he graduated, but we realised that we could not do without him and so we created one for him. He brings to the table 20 years of unbeatable knowledge of a dynamic field which is about to embark upon enormous development. He is ably assisted in his job by the fact that our office has experience of 50 years of hospital planning, with a CV which includes the design and redesign of Östra Sjukhuset hospital.
The company set its sights on overseas targets early on, and contact with Germany paved the way for inroads into Russia, and we had someone with unique skills working for us who could help with that. Maria Broman speaks fluent Russian, and she has relatives in St. Petersburg and a decent insight into Russian culture. Her contribution to this work has been invaluable. Before the Russian office opened, we opened an office in Szczecin in Poland. This gave us the expertise and the courage to be the first Swedish architectural office since 1917 to venture fully into Russia.
Working in different segments and on markets with different cultures may seem complex, but for us everything is straightforward: our offices are staffed by local people who all work in their own fields of expertise. Regardless of whether a project culminates in home in St. Petersburg or hospitals in Stockholm, all of us adopt a holistic approach and focus on the same targets.