Woods Bagot has announced the appointment of Steve Hargis, an industry veteran in design strategy for real estate and business, as Global Consulting Leader. From his base in San Francisco where he has practiced for the past 20 years, Steve will direct the Woods Bagot’s award-winning consulting practice worldwide, serving clients across the firm’s key industry sectors – workplace, institutional, lifestyle, sport and transportation.
Steve specializes in addressing the challenges facing a growing number of corporations and institutions today. His portfolio encompasses research and design innovations that improve facility performance, optimize utilization, integrate new technologies and better engage an increasingly multi-generational, multi-regional and mobile employee base.
Ross Donaldson, Managing Director of Woods Bagot said: “Steve is an important addition to our global leadership team – part of an ongoing initiative to increase Woods Bagot’s value to our clients. We’re moving beyond the design and delivery of great projects, to partnering with clients to enhance performance through the entire real estate life cycle – from planning through design and into operation.”
Steve Hargis notes: “The stages upon which we live, work, learn and play are converging, and the consulting practice is key to integrating these stages together into holistic built environments that better serve people and organizations. Through a strategic, collaborative approach, the consulting process helps businesses understand and improve their operations and culture, ultimately increasing profits and making a meaningful impact on all stakeholders.”
Steve’s real estate consulting expertise is informed by over three decades of expertise in the fields of architecture, interior design, project management and product design. He has held architecture, interior and consulting roles in Houston, New York City, Mexico City and San Francisco, working with global clients such as Cisco, Zurich, Yahoo, Microsoft and Shell. Steve is also a veteran contributor to industry organizations, holding both global and local chapter positions at CoreNet, and is a subject matter contributor to the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at UC Berkeley.
About Woods Bagot
Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm, with a team of over 850 people working across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The firm’s unique ‘Global Studio’ philosophy drives unprecedented knowledge sharing and true collaboration across time zones, producing innovative, inspired and functional design solutions. Underpinning Woods Bagot’s knowledge culture is Public, the firm’s research arm, created in collaboration with leading thinkers and academics.
Specializing in five key sectors – Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace – Woods Bagot’s diverse portfolio spans more than 140 years, a legacy of design excellence. The firm’s recent projects in North America include: Hakkasan locations in New York, San Francisco and Beverly Hills; Westfield’s North American headquarters in Los Angeles; and the Ward Village Sales Center, an award-winning renovation of the historic IBM Building in Honolulu.
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