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Building Spaces That Matter

Woods Bagot describes its philosophy as “People Architecture” – putting human experience at the heart of the design process.

With more than 850 experts across 17 studios around the world, the company is known for its work on mixed-use, retail and workplace projects for clients including DFS, Qantas and HP.

The architecture firm has been operating in Hong Kong for almost 30 years, with key projects including the design for Apple’s flagship store at the IFC Mall, and the redevelopment of the InterContinental hotel and The ONE mall in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Stephen Jones, who became Regional Executive Chair – China in January, explained how the firm’s international structure helps them to deliver such major projects.

“It is our global studio model that allows us to work collaboratively across time zones and borders, using the latest technology to share design intelligence and strengthen our knowledge base around the world,” he said.

Jones’ personal interest in building and creating things started at a young age.

“I have been a builder and maker since I was a young man – from models to ceramics and boats,” he said. “I am a keen competitive sailor and even undertook a sail-making apprenticeship after leaving school, but ultimately I realized my passion for architecture and the built environment.”

His career took him from Australia to the Middle East, Europe and Beijing before he joined the Hong Kong studio of Woods Bagot in 2005.

“As a design professional who also leads a large firm in the region, I am acutely attuned to business drivers and what makes businesses tick,” he said. “In fact, I see design and architecture as a way to translate business and place-making strategies into spaces and places that matter.”

Jones’ personal projects in Hong Kong include Cubus in Causeway Bay, a cubism-inspired lifestyle and entertainment tower, and HKUST’s Lee Shau Kee Business Building.

Looking forward, Woods Bagot plans to continue focusing on its work for global brands. It also intends to raise the profile of its Urban Design portfolio in China, and enhance its transit-oriented development and healthcare projects in Asia.

Woods Bagot Asia Ltd joined the Chamber in 2007 “to solidify our commitment to the city, and to play an active role alongside our peers,” Jones said.

The company also values the strong membership network and range of events.

“As an organization with a strong history in Hong Kong, we greatly value the advocacy that the Chamber undertakes on behalf of Hong Kong’s business community.”

Company: Woods Bagot Asia Ltd

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