Universal Design Studio acquired by WPP firm

Ajaz Ahmed,Jay Osgerby, and Edward Barber.

AKQA adds Olympic torch designers’ firms to global roster

The architecture and interior design practice responsible for the 2012 Olympic torches is joining forces with “innovation agency” AKQA in a new partnership.

AKQA, which is part of global ad agency WPP, said it had acquired a majority stake in Universal Design Studio, which was founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in 2001.

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