Pole’s appointment drives the intersection of space and experience, as he leads Unispace’s newest and most exciting offerings.
Melbourne, September 30, 2022 – Unispace, a global strategy, design, and construction firm creating people-centric spaces, today announced the appointment of Simon Pole to lead Downstream Unispace for the Australia & New Zealand region as Principal, Experience Strategy. Downstream is an experiential design firm acquired by Unispace in October 2021.
Pole has more than 25 years of experience in design, nearly a decade of which has been spent at Unispace. Most recently, he has served as the global leader of Unispace’s Innovation and Design teams. In his new role, Pole will remain at the forefront of Unispace’s innovation and drive the intersection of space and experience – both physical and digital – for Unispace clients, across the corporate workplaces, sports and entertainment, retail, and life sciences sectors such as Nike, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and Google.
“Simon’s appointment enables us to better serve our clients across an expanded offering and, together, build what has never existed before,” said Steve Quick, Global CEO at Unispace.
"If there is one constant within our design, it’s our ambition to authentically connect in dynamic new ways.” - Steve Quick, Global CEO, Unispace
“I am intrigued by how humans interact with objects, artwork, spaces and environments,” said Pole. “The opportunity to apply Downstream’s unique ability to create memorable integrated digital and physical experiences for our global client portfolio is really exciting. This is especially true now, as organizations across all industries are learning the ways in which digital and physical experiences can complement each other.”
Downstream joined Unispace in 2021 and has enhanced Unispace’s capabilities across global tech hubs, flagship retailers, major sports venues, education spaces, and other public and private destination environments around the world with industry-leading spaces that integrate interactive digital and physical experiences. Together, Unispace and Downstream provide agile, end-to-end strategy and design and build experiences fit for today’s ever-changing global brands. Across Asia Pacific, major Downstream clients and projects have included Telstra, PwC, and Essendon and Sydney Swans Football Clubs in Australia.
A strategy, design, and construction leader creating people-centric spaces for a rapidly changing world. Unispace is a global firm that offers a unified team solution for creating spaces that spark brilliance, deepen connections, foster a sense of belonging and propel success. With 5,500 projects completed, a presence across 26 countries, and 800+ employees worldwide, Unispace creates spaces powered by collaborative client partnerships, delivered seamlessly across borders, and enabled by real-world insights.'
Unispace was founded in 2010. After ten years as a privately owned business that experienced unparalleled growth internationally, Unispace was acquired by leading private equity firm PAG in 2021. PAG is one of the world’s largest Asia-focused private investment firms, with a network of 200 seasoned investment professionals in nine key offices around the world.
About Downstream Unispace
With 20+ years of experience, Downstream Unispace is a community of visionary designers, technologists, content developers, account managers and production leads. The company became part of Unispace Global in October 2021. Collectively, they are a company on the forefront of brand communication, reaching around the globe, building compelling brand experiences for some of the biggest and most dynamic companies in the world. With three global hubs in Portland, Amsterdam and Melbourne, Downstream harnesses the latest insights and challenges themselves to consistently seek out new technologies and methodologies to create the impossible.