Making an impact: Woods Bagot women making a difference in Asia.

Woods Bagot’s Asia region has taken International Women’s Day 2022 as a welcome opportunity to look back and celebrate the professional and social impacts our women have achieved in the past year within and beyond our Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore studios.

Congratulations and thank you to:

Jean Weng, Director, Beijing Studio Chair and China’s Regional Mixed-use Sector Leader.

Consistently impressive, Jean is an outstanding architect who balances her diverse and multiple roles with skill and finesse. By drawing on her 26 years of design experience across the mixed-use, workplace and residential sectors, Jean has led multiple Woods Bagot projects – like Beijing Sunshine Financial Center and Shenzhen Vanke Timemark – to successful milestones.

In the past year Jean’s passion for architectural innovation has seen her be invited as a keynote speaker to the World Architecture Technology Innovation Conference (WATIC) to present on the topic of our future practices and technological tools, share insights at Ideal Architecture Festival, and inspire positive industry change as a guest speaker for leading property firms Vanke and Gemdale.

Jean presenting to the crowd at the World Architecture and Technology Innovation Conference.

Yang Yu, Senior Associate.

Based in Beijing, Yang has specialised in the design of workspaces and commercial headquarters, and is an integral part of the design team working on Harvest Fund Headquarters Beijing, Shenzhen Ping ‘an Technology Workplace. This year, Yang stepped up as a keynote speaker at Frame Lab China – joining fellow industry leaders from in shedding light on the topic of the future workplace in the post epidemic era.  

Yang at Frame Lab China.

Camille Roche, Designer.

Driven by an inspiring understanding of the importance of wellness and sustainable practice in the design industry and beyond, Camille has recently gained LEED and TRUE certifications that have allowed her to educate herself and others on the topics of energy, environmental design, the pursuit and achievement of zero waste goals, cutting carbon footprints and more.

Camille put her formidable skills and passion to good work with her involvement in Hong Kong’s Advancing Net Zero competition, which proposed a viable and strategic approach to achieving decarbonization in Hong Kong by 2050. She describes the experience as an “inspiring exercise in collaboration and trust,” explaining her affinity with work and values that are “centred upon commitment towards a more liveable and sustainable future, leading with empathy and promoting diversity and equity in our studio as much as possible.”

Camille in action at the Advancing Net Zero competition.

Pearl Huang, Director and Shanghai Studio Chair.

Known throughout the global studio as an outstanding manager, Pearl has steered the growth of the Shanghai studio from 40 people to nearly 100 by drawing on her 20+ years’ experience working in the property and design industry.

An expert at integrating resources, Pearl believes in “design for good” and makes it a priority to give back to the community. Through these initiatives, the Shanghai studio – led by Pearl – has received a Business for Good Award from the China Social Enterprises and Impact Investment Forum.

Pearl has also taken the initiative to create a Women’s Club in Shanghai, aiming to support female designer’s career development and help each other with day-to-day challenges.

Pearl accepting the Business for Good Award on behalf of the Shanghai studio.

Winnie Suen, Senior Associate.

Based in Hong Kong, Winnie is a Designer who creates desirable, people-centric environments through spatial planning, form and materiality, visioning and cross sectoral co-creation workshops. Her latest achievement is her impact on the completion of Wuhan Greenland 606 Center, in which her employed her vast range of skills to improve the final result.

As a mother and member of Woods Bagot’s People and Culture team, Winnie actively in organizes and joins social caring programs – especially those that pay special attention to children and adolescents. She is passionate about providing resources to children who are “longing for sparkles in life,” naming tasks that contribute to this aim – like her 2 consecutive years providing pathways into the design industry for high school students, volunteering at RIBA’s World Children’s Day and guest lecturing to Chinese University Business School students on the retail project design process – among her most beautiful Woods Bagot memories.

Winne volunteering at RIBA’s World Children’s Day.

Rosie Olivier, Associate Principal and Singapore Studio Leader.

With 20 years of global experience spanning the UK, Middle East, and Asia, Rosie is a proud mother, leader and multifaceted designer who specialised in architectural interiors.

Rosie is passionate about empowering people and communities through a well-considered and integrated approach to design and project management. In the last year, she has led our Singapore studio through a process of stabilisation and regrowth, leveraging existing client relationships and winning several new high-profile workplace and mixed use projects in the region including Twitter, HP, Swiss Re and Sun Tower.

In June 2021, Cubes Magazine featured Rosie’s insights on workplace design in the face of a pandemic – enabling her to share her thoughts on how technology, well-being and empathy will drive the sector’s future.

Rosie also provides voluntary design and delivery support to the ‘School of Concepts,’ which is a social enterprise offering education for less privileged children who fall out-side of the mainstream Singapore schooling system. Rosie’s enthusiasm for helping others continues in the form of her role as keynote contributor and active member of ‘Lean in Circle’ in Singapore, which supports local networks of women to achieve their ambitions and encourages companies to build inclusive workplaces where women of all identities are supported and empowered.

The Lean In Circle, Singapore.