Architect / Director,
Stephen is an Architect, Designer and Maker. Over the last 15 years as a director of Woods Bagot, he contributed significantly to the firm’s development leading major interior, architecture and urban design projects across Asia, Australia and Europe. Recognised as an innovative designer, energetic communicator and thoughtful collaborator, he has active interests in co-design process, value frameworks and quantitative design methodologies in professional practice. He believes design to be an essentially social and deeply human process; that through communication, experience and creative imagination is able to synthesis new knowledge essential to urban innovation. His significant experience is grounded in Asia-Pacific’s international cities where the firm has developed a range of award-winning Asian projects. Funan, Singapore, where 20 curated functions are synthesised to create a new urban setting that supports social vitality and elevated environmental impact; Cubus, Hong Kong, a pencil thin high-rise lifestyle tower develop ultra high density and compactness; Xian Dahua 1935, historical industrial mill, revitalises an extinct industrial setting into a cultural lifestyle district to revitalise local identity and livelihoods. These provide a critical outlook to the design practice connecting the emergence of Asia’s new urban typologies that have increasing global relevance. Stephen is active in improving the quality of our cities and places in urban environments, promoting value through strategic design and advancing Woods Bagot’s impact on realising the UN sustainable development goals. He is an adjunct professor at the HKU where he lectures on value in design; a visiting lecturer at Tongji University; registered Architect in Europe (SBA), registered member of HKIDA and founding member of HKIUD. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and an enthusiastic member of international and regional awards jury.