Steve Bourne


Profession : Architect
Position : Managing Director

Steve founded the practice in 1991 and over the last twenty years has won many competitions and had a large percentage of the firms work published. His early work included prestigious housing and condominium projects and by 28 he was the project architect for I M Pei’s Gateway, a million SF twin tower office development in Singapore.

Steve has an absolute passion for design and each project represents a brand new challenge: “we provide a service where we take the clients brief and interpret their needs and aspirations and convert these into a living breathing reality. Each client and project is special and to deliver the project on time and within budget is our professional responsibility.”

Steve’s interest in the environment has lead to new patents for solar heating and cooling of buildings and a new company solar.fin that also has ground breaking and extremely efficient solar voltaic and windmill technology. Very low and even neutral carbon foot prints are now quite feasible.

Key Qualifications:

A Registered Architect in both the UK and HK, Stephen has worked in Asia since 1980 on a variety of projects ranging from new towns, prestigious office buildings through to a range of interior projects. Awards include APIDA Honourable Mention for his Reuters refurbishment. Competition wins include the American Embassy Singapore, and a major new town in Limau Manis Malaysia as well as many interior projects.

Stephen is Managing Director of Design Chamber International Ltd. and has overall responsibility for all aspects of the company.



BA (Hons) in Architecture Studies (Oxford School)

Diploma in Architecture (Oxford School)


Professional Registrations/Memberships:

RIBA HKIA Chartered Architect


Experience Record:


Major projects include substantial work for Reuters and their subsidiary Instinet who are noted for the high technical demands of their briefs. Work in Exchange Square attained an APIDA award.

Many other projects has been published including offices for NBA, International Bank of Asia, Star Cruises, Koh-I-Noor and Miami Spice Restaurants, Berliner Bank, Sudwest Landesbank, Banca Monte Dei Paschi, Cliftons and Standartd Life, as well as Reuters and Instinet projects.

As Design Director for other companies notable projects include the relocation of Standard Chartered Bank to the Landmark, offices for First Pacific, Credit Agricole, refurbishment of the American Club and the secure VIP lounge at Kai Tak Airport.


Gateway of SingaporeArchitecture

Stephen was project architect for the Gateway in Singapore, designed by I M Pei and Partners and was responsible for major design packages including office interiors, service area and landscaping as well as co-ordination of all other consultancy packages. Overall he was in charge of tendering the project (US100m) in various packages and followed through to be site architect for the first year of the construction.

Other major buildings include the Haikou International Commercial Centre, Hainan (550,000sqft) and for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, the infield building, and two phases of the grandstand refurbishment at Happy Valley. Current work includes the refurbishment and hard standing at Middle island



Major new town planning includes Likas Bay Sabah, Yang Pu Port City, Hainan PRC and Limau Manis Malaysia (competition) other works include a 20 year development plan for Keele University UK (now complete).


Solar Fin Smart EnergySolar systems

Stephen has developed a new patented system for heating and cooling buildings which he has patented and is now being developed under his companySolar.fin The system has two moving parts and enables the sun to be trapped and stored or heat dissipated to the night sky making the building like a flower reacting to the different weather conditions. .