Who we are
We always strive to develop innovative and novel solutions to your needs — delivering spaces that transform the way people live and work.
Our studios located in Hong Kong and Singapore bring together architects, designers, project managers and technology specialists. We are united by our drive to ask questions, to listen and understand your needs.
Born in the USA, and professionally qualified as an Architect in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, Greg has practised since 1988. He has designed several highly-visible projects on complex and sensitive sites worldwide – from the USA, Europe and the UK through to China, Hong Kong and across Southeast Asia – many of which were recognised through awards and media coverage internationally.
In 1993, Greg relocated to Asia to help establish the Hong Kong office of Arup Associates, where he was Principal Architect of the Hong Kong Station Projects in Hong Kong’s Central Business District, and concept design leader for Bangkok’s MRT North Line Stations. His book, Arup: Hong Kong Station was published in Germany in 2000.
Greg was Co-Founder & Director of Hong Kong University’s MIDM Programme, Asia’s first & only master’s degree in interdisciplinary creativity. A lifelong advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration, Greg co-founded One Space with James Oliver in 2004. Philosophically, he applies to our interior projects the same rigorous design methodology that drove his urban-scaled infrastructure projects. Day-to-day, he leads the insights, design strategies and stakeholder engagements for our clients.
Greg is a frequent contributor to the media and has conducted speaking engagements worldwide. He was a recipient of RFP’s “Outstanding Individual in Industry Award” for Transformational Project Leadership.
James J. Oliver
James is a technology entrepreneur, with a background in Computer Science. He has over three decades professional experience in Asia and Europe, leading numerous IT build-out projects in addition to the day-to-day operations of trading floors and offices across both regions.
After spending his early career at British Telecom Laboratories, James joined Goldman Sachs in 1993, initially located on the equities trading floor in London, then relocating to Hong Kong in 1996. It was during his Goldman Sachs role as head of Enterprise Technology Asia that he first developed his professional interest in the design of interior space. Throughout a period of rapid growth in the region, James partnered with the corporate services team to select buildings that were capable of meeting the highly demanding IT needs of the business. He then led the IT design and fit-out of these new offices, hand-in-glove with the interior design team and other disciplines.
In 2003, he left the bank and founded the IT and Audiovisual services company, Principle One.
Having directly witnessed how close interdisciplinary collaboration can add lasting value to businesses, James subsequently co-founded One Space with Greg Pearce in 2004.
Educated in Toronto, Dickson has designed and led over 100 corporate, commercial and retail projects of various types and sizes since 2006, spanning from North America to India and across the Asia-Pacific region. Since joining One Space in 2012, he has established a diverse portfolio of successful projects that cover a wide range of sectors and clients.
Dickson’s multi-faceted leadership of our Design Teams gives focus to the uniqueness of each client and each project, to deliver enduring design strategies and solutions. He has a proven track record with our clients for whom business objectives must be captured comprehensively, interpreted imaginatively and realised practically, and then creating places where people thrive and collaboration flourishes.
Day-to-day, Dickson connects between our Clients and our Design Teams in support of our mission towards design excellence, practicality and integrity.
Some notable clients include KPMG, Hang Seng Bank, Blackstone, China Everbright, Swire Coca-Cola and Futball Club Barcelona.
Karin is a Design Unit Head with more than 12 years post-graduate experience. She is a comprehensively skilled interior designer with particular expertise in space planning and efficient space utilisation. Her masterful resolution of large-scale design and planning challenges shows an uncanny adeptness in both the pragmatics and the nuances of workplace optimisation, as well as the broader User Experience (UX).
Over the years, Karin has led an elite design team to deliver numerous agile workplace projects and customer experience centres. The success of these projects has been due in no small part to her extensive design knowledge and project management expertise. With her tireless pursuit of design excellence, knowledge of materials, attention to detail and professionalism, Karin communicates helpfully and purposefully with our clients to open up new pathways of discovery – ultimately to design and execute highly-tailored, enduring, and cost-effective outcomes.
Some notable clients include Hang Seng Bank, AIA International, Tencent, Lee Kum Kee, Bank Julius Baer, and Citibank.
Jan joined One Space in 2007, making him one of our longest-standing teammates. He leads a Design Team responsible for numerous large-scale and complex projects for both our regional and multinational clients. Since earning his first higher diploma in Interior Design in 2005, followed by a BA in 2007, Jan has led and designed more than 50 corporate, education, financial services and retail projects. His direct leadership in the brief assessment, space planning and design development stages is instrumental to the success of many One Space projects.
Jan’s extensive knowledge and experience in the industry provide invaluable foresight into how our projects can best evolve from concept stage to a well-crafted product. He is a committed team player, flexible and organised, with an unwavering focus on reliable project delivery. Some notable clients include HSBC, KPMG, Chinese International School, Manulife and Arcadis.
We are always on the look out for people who share our passion for delivering projects for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to boutique hedge funds to the world’s most iconic brands.