17 June 2012, Beijing
Listening for solutions:
Simon Raper joins M Moser Beijing
“To me, the aim of interior architecture and design is to engage and stimulate.” says Simon Raper, who joins M Moser Beijing as a Director this month.
Simon’s varied career began at an architectural firm in his native England in the late 1980s. In subsequent years, his professional path branched into the areas of specialist workplace design, strategy, space planning and design team management for clients ranging from small companies to giants like General Motors, RBS and PwC.
Along the way, he refined his ability to establish rapports between the project team and end-user that quickly reveal the needs to be addressed, and collaboratively zero in on the most effective design solutions. Simon’s instinct for ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ with clients has also contributed to his solid reputation as a strategic planner.
“The key is simply to listen – to actually listen to clients and to see things through their eyes, rather than talking at them,” he observes.
In his position at M Moser, Simon will apply his talents to building enduring partnerships with clients who would benefit from the innovative, high-quality solutions the Beijing team is capable of delivering. Coaching of team members is another vital element of his professional approach.
As Simon remarks, “To me, coaching is not a one-way thing: you never stop learning in life, and I’m eager to listen, learn and benefit from the experience of others at the same time they’re learning from me.”