Stephen Jones has been appointed Regional Executive Chair, China, for global architecture practice Woods Bagot, following Vince Pirrello’s relocation to lead the company’s North America operation. Stephen, based in Hong Kong, commences this role formally from 1 January 2018.
Since joining Woods Bagot in 2005 he has been instrumental in driving the business’ significant growth across Asia and also plays an active role in the global management of the 850–person firm.
Stephen has over 25 years’ experience working across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe, with a CV that spans the lifestyle, education and commercial sectors. Backed by Woods Bagot’s well developed design and management teams in the region, he is a hands on professional, and is currently leading major projects across the group’s studios in China, Singapore, Dubai and France.
Well known within Asia’s architecture and design sector as a regular industry and media commentator, Stephen embodies a ‘value through strategic design’ ethos, inspiring clients to explore how creative, considered design can support rich functions and express and prioritise a multitude of value streams – from financial, social, ecological, to digital or legacy value.
Woods Bagot currently has over 100 active projects in China, with particular strengths in retail, mixed-use, workplace, healthcare, education and hospitality architecture and interior design as well as master planning and urban design.
Their client portfolio in the region includes major global brands such as Apple, DFS, Google and HP as well as leading developers CapitaLand, Fosun, Greenland, Hongkong Land and Vanke, to name a few. The firm regularly advises international brands and companies investing into China, as well as Chinese brands and developers expanding into mature western markets.