17th December 2020 | IN EXPERT INSIGHT | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Episode Nine A Unique Global Outlook on the Interior Design Profession with Chris Godfrey In this episode of the SpeakEasy podcast, SBID CEO & Founder, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE welcomes Chris Godfrey, the Global Principle of HBA Residential, and newly appointed President of SBID, in an exclusive one-to-one. As a British-educated Architect and interior designer based in Singapore with an expansive portfolio of design experience from the UK to the Far East, Chris shares a unique global perspective on the interior design profession. From his early design influences and origins in Glasgow School of Design as an aspiring Architect, to the evolution of his design philosophy overseas, Chris reveals his professional insight on working cross-borders in the Asian market as a British designer, where he set up the residential division of Hirsch Bedner Associates in China. Chris talks about the new ways of connecting in the context of a tactile industry, as well as the common misconceptions the industry faces about what interior design is, and how a professional interior designer adds genuine value for the clients and ultimate end-users. He shares his advice for young designers entering the industry and highlights his plans and vision for SBID as its new acting President. Tune in to the whole conversation to discover more. Listen on SpotifyListen on GoogleListen on Apple Chris Godfrey Chris is an award-winning Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Architect with over 22 years experience producing highly-considered and finely-crafted residences. In 2014 Chris moved to Asia to set up HBA Residential for Hirsch Bedner Associates. HBA Residential is HBA’s boutique highly-specialised residential design operation conceived solely to create distinctive residences for the world’s most discerning clients. As Principal, Chris oversees all Architectural and Interior Design operations, combining his expertise in both disciplines to cultivate a holistic design approach. Stay up to date with the latest episodes and click here to find out more.