Monthly Update – March 2011

Market News

The new National Museum of China opened to the public after a number of years of repairs and renovations. The largest museum of its type in the world, the building covers an area of 200,000 sqm and is expected to receive more than 10 million visitors each year.

The Chinese Government this month announced yet another major infrastructure project with the green light given for the extension of the Beijing subway by 110km. Once complete, this will make Beijing’s subway one of longest in the world.

In Hong Kong, Foster and Partners has been awarded the West Kowloon Cultural District project…again! After a public vote with designs by OMA and Rocco Design Limited also under consideration, Fosters came out top for the second time having been awarded the commission originally a number of years ago.

West Kowloon from IFCphoto © 2011 Ged Carroll | more info (via: Wylio)

China topped world wide construction in 2010 having spent US$1,000 billion. This is expected to continue to grow to more than US$2,500 billion by the year 2020, even with the potential for a slowdown in the markets.

In Guangzhou, the Zaha Hadid designed Guangzhou Opera House opened to the public. Part of the redevelopment of central Guangzhou, it is hoped that this project will attract a lot of interest in art and culture within the Guangdong province.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadidphoto © 2010 William | more info (via: Wylio)

Poll Result

This month’s poll asked the question “How confident do you feel about the Property & Construction market conditions in Asia?”. As usual we had a fantastic response and received our 100 vote quota within a couple of weeks.

The results are as follows:


No real surprise with the results showing a cautious optimism in the Asia markets suggesting people feel that growth is sustainable providing companies take care and invest carefully. 85% of all respondents felt things were “good” or “extremely good” in Asia. Not one person felt that the markets were in any way depressed with only 14% feeling the markets are either “ok” or “not as good” as people think. Thank you to all who voted – interestingly, 70% of voters were Asia based. Only 5% of voters had no real experience working or living in Asia.

We will be posting this poll again throughout the course of the coming months/years to see if views are changing.

There will be another poll to vote on in April so remember to check back soon.

What’s Hot

March has been another incredibly busy month for us in Asia. Companies have really started to ramp up their requirements with a lot of our clients feeling that things are only going to get busier in the second half of 2011.

We have a particular and urgent need for strong Project Management delivery people to be based in China. These range from Project Director to Assistant PM level but all require a knowledge of building and construction in the China market. We have very strong relationships with a number of the top Hong Kong developers and some of the projects available to candidates are iconic and will be well publicised. Due to the shortage of experienced candidates, these developers are more open to considering candidates wishing to make the move to the client side from consultancy. Almost all the candidates being considered are architecturally trained.

In architecture and design we have a large number of opportunities in Hong Kong and in China. In Hong Kong, we have been asked to find senior to junior level candidates with hotel and retail backgrounds for both large and small practices – there really are opportunities to suit a variety of skill sets although a lack of Asia experience and language skills will make things tricky for people looking from overseas. We have a need for Director level staff in Interior Design and Urban Design and we also require strong Senior Designers with corporate office experience. In China, Mandarin speaking architects, based either locally or overseas, are in extremely high demand – a number of our clients are working with us to source returning Asian candidates from overseas to fulfil their requirements.

In engineering we are still keen to speak to candidates at all levels for opportunities on the client side and within some of the world’s top engineering and design names. Opportunities exist within building services, E&M and environmental design. We are also looking for some strong fit-out candidates for corporate projects in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Data-centre experience would be beneficial!

Most Urgent Requirements

We have outlined below the urgent vacancies we have had through from clients over the last month.

  • Project Director – Iconic Super-Tall Tower Development (to be stationed in Guangdong, China)
  • Senior Architects – Hong Kong & Shanghai – World Renowned Design Firm
  • Senior Project Manager – China, multiple locations – One of Hong Kong’s Top Listed Developers
  • Assistant Project Directors (Structures) – China, multiple locations – A Top Tier Developer
  • Director of Interior Design – Shanghai – Global Architecture and Design Name
  • Urban Planning/Design Director – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Global Architecture and Design Name
  • Senior Interior Designers – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Corporate Office Experience
  • Project Managers (Fit-Out) – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Corporate Office and Data-Centre Experience
  • Associate Directors (Architecture) – Shanghai – A Top International Design Firm looking for studio leaders

We also have many, many more roles posted on our website and these are only an overview of our top positions at this time. Please check back regularly and follow us on Twitter to be informed immediately of our latest requirements.

Please visit our website for more information on the above roles and our other vacancies:

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