Originally from the US, where he has also practiced, Robert has held design leadership roles in China, with Hassell, JLL and Gensler, for more than a decade and has a thorough understanding of the market’s rapid development as well as the changing needs and aspirations of organisations there.

Robert is a creative thinker drawing on his knowledge of urban planning, public policy, history and cultural anthropology and is an art and architecture contributor for Chicago Public Radio www.wbez.org. Recent projects that Robert has worked on include: the workplace campus for a global sports brand, Shanghai Park Avenue Central, and the Shanghai Tower.

With a combination of local insight and global perspective, and a dual background in architecture and interior design, Robert is a perfect fit for BDG as a business that is focused on every facet of designing creative exemplary commercial spaces that support business strategy and people.

2021 continues a period of exponential global growth and reach for BDG with over 25 significant projects underway worldwide, supported by strategic opening of studios in Sao Paulo and Shanghai to support ongoing projects in the LATAM and APAC region respectively, such as Sydney, Brisbane, Sao Paulo and Mexico.

The New York studio which opened in May 2019, continues to grow in size and reputation, delivering significant projects across North America, including WPP campuses in Detroit, San Francisco and Toronto.

Gill Parker Global CEO of BDG architecture + design says:

“The role of the workplace in society has been brought into sharp focus following the pandemic and the resulting changing behaviours of people and their organisations. BDG’s expanding global force during this time, reaffirms the needs for data driven workplace solutions that drive ambitious organisations forward. People, place and purpose are at the heart of all our projects, creating environments that actively support and encourage collaboration and independent thinking for the betterment of the individual and the organisations in which they work.”