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CLIENT NEWS: Chris Godfrey Named ‘Master of Design’ & Invited as Forbes China Awards Judge

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Chris Godfrey, Principal at HBA Residential, has been titled as the “Master of Design” by The SBID International Design Awards 2019. Chris is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architect with over 22 years experience creating highly-considered and finely-crafted private residences for the most discerning clients in China and around the world.

The SBID International Design Awards aims to showcase designer skills and influence good design for improvement on the wellbeing of home owners, consumers and business. The SBID is the Society of British and International Interior Design and this edition of the awards has received entries from 49 countries. SBID showcase amazing projects from 15 categories.

In Chris’ acceptance speech at the Awards ceremony on 25th October, Chris said:

“Lao Tze said ‘the Master is the one who knows what he does not know’. For me, to be a Master of Design is to embrace the wonder that you can never master the subject.

“With this in mind, I was deeply honoured and humbled to be named ‘Master of Design’ at this year’s Society of British and International Design Awards in London last week. For me, design is a never-ending and collaborative process; one of openness and receptive. Its path is not singular and linear; but manifold and meandering.”

A well-recognised thought leader in his industry, Chris has also been recently invited to be one of the esteemed judge of Forbes China’s 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs Awards 2019, which recognised the brightest and most promising Chinese entrepreneurs and innovators under 30 years old across various sectors in China. The judges of this selection are also the most successful and prestigious experts in their own fields. To find out more about the Awards, visit

Chris, along with HBA, started the Residential division in 2014. HBA Residential is a full-service boutique studio which creates distinctive, sophisticated, and sublime residences. Projects typically include private villas, penthouses, luxury residences, and houses for private individuals worldwide. HBA Residential services include Architecture, Interior Design, and FF&E selection.

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The article was written by Chong Peng.

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