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November 23, 2020

Meet Kristian Jones, our new Principal of Design in Asia

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an incredible journey of growth in Asia, and we’re excited to welcome Kristian Jones to our growing team.

Having previously worked on projects across China, South East Asia, India, London and Dubai, Kristian brings his global design experience to our local teams to further strengthen our presence in Asia.

Prior to joining Unispace, Kristian worked at Siren Design Group, as Creative Director in Singapore. During his time at Siren, Kristian fused his knowledge of branded experience into evolving new thinking and approaches to workplace design. He was responsible for overseeing key accounts, including Allianz, P&G and Sembcorp, alongside pitching and managing the creative team.

We spoke to Kristian to find out more about his experience in the industry, what he’s looking forward to working on and what his thoughts are on the future of the workplace.

Q: What attracted you to Unispace?

A: Unispace is an agile, ambitious and innovative company – always looking to challenge and change the traditional process for the better of their clients and business.

With the current disruptive challenges and opportunities that define the new purpose of where and how we work, Unispace has been able to quickly provide new working models to respond to clients' future business needs.

Q: Tell us more about your expertise and experience.

A: Prior to joining Unispace, I worked across different areas within design, which included working on projects in branding, retail, hospitality and workplace. I am passionate about understanding people, their needs and ambitions – and how a space can create a memorable experience, enabling people to connect with a brand or culture.

Q: What are you looking forward to doing once you get your feet under the desk?

A: I’m looking forward to connecting with our global clients, understanding their workplace needs and how they may have evolved post-pandemic. In my role, I’ll be looking to further develop the design team across the region, in order to drive the creative value and collaborative nature of our work. One of my top priorities is ensuring Unispace retains a collaborative, multi-talented and diverse team, that delivers world class workplaces.

Q: What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

A: In 2014, I worked with Mars to create the company’s first flagship M&M World in Shanghai. The 1,600sqm store spans across two floors and offers the iconic M&M candies and merchandise. The design revolved around bold colours, which enabled customers to connect with the brand in a personable way – it was truly a colourful, chocolate experience.

Q: Tell us, what are your thoughts on the future of workplace?

A: Due to the impact of Covid-19 and conversations around what the post-pandemic workplace will look like, it’s clear individuals thrive on face-to-face collaboration. Our spaces need to foster and support these collaborative mindsets, even more so now, as we shift what the purpose of the workplace represents. I believe there will be a change in real-estate, where our homes will be utilised for focus space, and the office becomes a place that reinforces brand, culture, innovation and problem solving.

Q: And lastly, what’s one thing on your bucket list?

A: I would love to eventually be able to design and build my own beach house or mountain chalet!

Welcome to the team Kristian! 

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