After graduating with a first class degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, I moved to the most exciting and dynamic architecture environment at the time – the megalopolis of Chongqing, Southwest China.2
I began studying Chinese language and calligraphy. Then, following a successful competition bid in partnership with a local architect, I established an architecture studio, going on to complete ten projects over two years with a team of ten people.3
4This came at a time when local investment began to shift from real estate to other emerging sectors. See ‘The Four Trends Driving China’s Future Growth‘, Forbes, July 2014.
5These were designed to house our portfolio companies and develop cross-cultural knowledge exchange respectively.