Background

Circa was formed in 2007 to offer a full design role for interior projects.

Our client coverage has been across Banking, Legal, Media, Insurance, Hotel industry, & Landlord building works.

During 2007 to 2010, with ICC coming online, our design director, worked with Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, & Credit Suisse to oversee their large project in Hong Kong (79,000 – 350,000sqft); & oversee Barclays Capital in Singapore (400,000sqft).

In 2011 to 2013 Circa was asked to be lead consultant on the Julius Baer new Asia HQ in Singapore, followed by Barclays requesting Circa to carry out the concept design & overview for their large expansion in India (Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi, & Chennai) .

Within the same period, Bloomberg also approached Circa to carry out a new design for their signature client space.

Recently we completed the Baker & McKenzie offices, Marriott Asia Headquarters, & Dentsu Aegis Network workplace. Currently we are working on the Clifford Chance Hong Kong offices.

Chris Browne, our design director, has worked for 24 years in design covering consultancy and D&B; while located in London, Shanghai, & Hong Kong.

Approach

We believe that with each project we should start by looking at the project history, clients hopes, requirements, & potential options so as to be sure of our understanding of design possibilities.

Our role is to consider human values, not just the functionality & aesthetics of the space.

Where the opportunity allows we like to implement observational research, which is to gather first hand information e.g. observe human activity / interaction & record what we see, in order to compare to what we hear. This is a very good foundation to start to look for design solutions.

Research cannot produce a design alone, so intuition built from experience & training is essential to bring creativity to solutions. We operate a mentoring system, & treat design as a team activity.