Blueprint for Success 成就蓝图

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Paul Webber

Owner of Webber Design
Structural Engineers

“My philosophy at Webber Design has deliberately been totally different. I am a perfectionist and to me our reputation is all about consistency in our delivery and that can’t happen if you are spread too thin.”

It has been said that “Children are the builders of a brave new world” and as a child Paul Webber loved playing with Meccano sets and carpentry kits, experimenting with building structures and understanding how they stand up. That childhood passion has stayed with Paul and today as the owner of Webber Design he is one of the faces changing Australia’s skyline.

Graduating in Brisbane in a depressed economy at a time when jobs were few and far between, Paul was handpicked by one of his lecturers and employed to work for a leading Brisbane Engineering Firm. “That was my start and appreciating just how fortunate I was at the time, I have never taken anything for granted in my career.”

It wasn’t long until Paul, still in his twenties, was promoted to an Associate Director before heading to Hong Kong to work for a large multinational multidisciplinary practice in Asia.

“I was responsible for a team of over 30 structural engineers most of whom were Chinese and it was there that I developed a massive respect for their engineering expertise and work ethic. We worked on some incredible projects, airports, railways and tall buildings in Thailand, Southern China, Hong Kong and Vietnam. I loved it all. The intensity, the long hours and the experience was something that you couldn’t get in Australia at that time.”

Paul returned to Australia and became a Principal of a large Brisbane Structural Engineering practice for 5 years before opening up and growing their Melbourne practice for a further 4 years. “That was an exciting time for me being a part of Melbourne’s rapidly growing property market.”

With his growing success in Melbourne Paul was headhunted and accepted the position of National Structural Director for another large Australian Engineering company, “The job became more a management and administrative role and to be honest I hated it. It was not what I enjoy doing. I have always loved being hands on dealing with architects right from the beginning, being creative, making good engineering designs come to fruition and having fun. That was my skill set and what I enjoyed doing and why people enjoyed working with me”

At a crossroad and armed with a new vision, Paul started his own Structural Engineering company Webber Design in 2007. He admits that, “Apart from the start up costs It was a little daunting at first, being an outsider from Brisbane and starting on my own in Melbourne, however right from day one clients, architects and developers gave me their work.”

Melbourne office with Principals Pek Soon Kwan and Paul Malady
Melbourne office with Principals Pek Soon Kwan and Paul Malady

“Webber Design work hard for our clients and our approach and focus on cost effective designs has paid off over time.”

“Most of the engineering companies that I had worked for had a philosophy to open offices everywhere and be big. I understand that approach however big isn’t always better. I also saw first hand many of the downsides including, at times, a too rapid a growth without sufficient quality staff or systems in place, a loss of control and poor design outcomes which ultimately impacts on the bottom line and reputation. Of more importance though was that the clients were not receiving the best outcomes or service on many occasions.”

“My philosophy at Webber Design has deliberately been totally different. I am a perfectionist and to me our reputation is all about consistency in our delivery and that can’t happen if you are spread too thin. I employ quality staff across every level of the business who are all well respected in the industry. We remain client and project focused and that has proven to be my formula for success.”

A very respected and successful engineering company in Melbourne, Webber Design is now making its mark in Sydney. “I am not here to grow quickly but rather my philosophy, as always, is to maintain a controlled growth, delivering consistent quality work and cutting-edge designs. Since we opened the office here two years ago we’ve secured over 30 projects including most recently a role on the tallest residential tower in Sydney, the 65 level Greenland Centre developed by Chinese developer Greenland. We are working in collaboration with Arup and the contractor Probuild to incorporate our alternative structural design.”

Over the course of ten years, Webber Design has delivered more than $20 billion worth of projects and is one of the largest privately owned structural engineering firms in Australia. “I’ve always had a strong work ethic which I inherited from my parents and have always put pressure on myself to strive for perfection. Webber Design work hard for our clients and our approach and focus on cost effective designs has paid off over time. On reflection and perhaps based on my experiences in Hong Kong we employ a very strong multicultural staff base with many Asian engineers. Interestingly our client base is currently around 80% Chinese with a lot of repeat business.”

It’s not all about business. In his spare time Paul collects art, unusual chess sets and has a share in a few racehorses one of which won three races in Singapore and another winning a race on Oaks Day last year. “I used to play golf but sadly with my 24/7 business demands, I rarely find the time.”

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“I wouldn’t be the person. I am today without Deborah. I love everything about her. She is passionate, funny and a major asset to me in business and life. We are very close.”

More admirable is their commitment to charities. Paul and Deb are ambassadors for the St Vincent Hospital’s HIV fund in Sydney. Smiling he acknowledges “Most of my industry colleagues know that I am a soft touch when it comes to donating to a worthy cause. I believe it is important to give back when you have it to give.”

So what is next for Webber Design? “I am still as passionate today as when I first started my career. My focus as always is to keep mentoring my staff and building Webber Design as a brand that people respect and trust and continue to deliver great structural engineering outcomes for our clients and their projects.”


On site in Sydney
On site in Sydney


孩童时期,Paul Webber的主要玩具是麦卡诺组合模型和木匠工具箱,并且尝试剖析物体的建筑结构和组合原理,那份童年激情Paul留存至今,也印证了“儿童是勇敢新世界的建造者。”的说法。今天,作为Webber Design的创始者,他是改变澳大利亚城市天际线风貌的人物之一。



重返澳大利亚后,Paul 成为布里斯班大型结构工程业务的负责人为期5年,接下来开启墨尔本长达4年快速拓展的实践业务。“这是令人激奋的时刻,我加入了墨尔本迅速增长的房地产市场战局。”


而伫立十字路口并怀揣新视野,Paul 终于在2007 年创立了自己的公司 Webber Design。他承认,“最初的起步成本环节让人有点不安,作为来自布里斯班的局外人,我把起点设置在墨尔本,可是开业伊始,客户、建筑师和开发商就把他们的业务托付给我。”


如今,Webber Design作为墨尔本相当权威且领先的工程公司,目标定位涉足悉尼。

过去10年来,Webber Design已经成功交付价值逾200亿元的项目计划,也是澳大利亚最大的私营结构工程公司之一。“我继承了父母的强烈职业性特质,再加上极力追求完美的动力,我们为客户努力付出,其中聚焦在注重成本效益的设计方案显著有所回报。



至于更令人钦佩的是他们坚守投入慈善事业的承诺。Paul和Deborah是悉尼St Vincent’s医院的艾滋病基金会的大使。他微笑表示,大多数业内同事们都了解,如果提到捐赠有价值的事业时,他就会变得感性柔软,他相信最重要的是有能力做出回馈。

Webber Design的下一步将怎么走呢?“今天的我还是与初次开展职业生涯一样充满热情。我一直集中在继续引导我的工作团队,建设 Webber Design 成为人们尊重和信任的品牌,不断的为我们的客户及项目计划提供高质量的结构工程成果。”

by Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik


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The Alliance of the Watchmen & Leathermen 守护者&皮革族的联盟

Image(s) courtesy of Jaeger-Lecoultre


When two supreme artistry join efforts to boost the elegance of a watch, it’s also the time to celebrate the exclusive nature of this collaboration – a limited edition of 100 pieces of the Reverso Tribute Duoface watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Partnering with Argentina’s greatest bootmakers, the warm-toned pink gold case matches with the two-tone cordovan leather strap specially designed and hand-crafted with its own unique patina and finishes making it a one-off. A family business running since 1892, Casa Fagliano works a soft and supple leather known for its great strength, following techniques handed down by long tradition.

This Art Deco design reflects its 1931 inspiration and will be sold exclusively in Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques. Driven by the Duoface concept, this watch offers two contrasting dials – both equally refined and each displaying a different time zone. Echoing its hand-applied hour markers – the Dauphine hands – on its slate grey sunray dial, it also features a small seconds in a round minute track softening the pure geometrical linearity of the watch. The words “Limited Edition – One of 100” engraved on its back emphasise the exclusive nature of this watch and its refinement will not escape those who appreciate craftsmanship at its authentic and original best. The pursuit of perfection by the Grande Maison and the renowned bootmakers is truly an inspiration to all.


Roppongi Hills Welcomes Cartier 六本木之丘迎卡地亚

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The new Cartier boutique’s recent opening in Roppongi Hills will evolve along with times, people, and society while staying true to the unchanging essence of the maison. Following one in Cannes, France, this is the second boutique that comes with a new format where furniture can easily and freely be rearranged. The limited-time gallery “TANK 100” – celebrating the TANK watch’s 100th anniversary – will be held in conjunction with its grand opening in line with its concept to present the space sometimes as a gallery, sometimes as a conceptual boutique. The opening saw the performance of Berlin-based electronic DJ Victor Tricard. Artist Shingo Katori has produced two original works of art inspired by Cartier’s legendary TANK watch, which is now being exhibited at “TANK 100”. While one will be displayed as a key visual at the gallery, the other, a luminous object conveying an image of TANK’s century-long history titled “TANKOTHEQUE” is displayed in the main room. The store interior is produced by Studios Parisien.

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东京六本木之丘全新卡地亚精品商店将随着时代、人文和社会的发展将继续真实保留典雅世家的不变本质精粹。跟随法国戛纳,这是第二家采用新格调设计的精品店,家具轻松随意地摆放。至于时间画廊 “TANK 100” 这是为了庆祝 TANK 系列手表的100周年纪念,除了将与宏大的开幕式结合,也以同样概念来展示空间,偶尔作为画廊,有时成为概念精品店。一开场来自柏林的电子 DJ Victor Tricard 也呈献精彩表演。而日本艺人香取慎吾创作了2件原创作品,灵感来自于卡地亚正进行展出的传奇 TANK 手表。在主要展览厅,主题为 “TANKOTHEQUE” 的关键视觉展示的画廊,是由一个发光的物体传递 TANK 长达世纪的历史影像。精品店内部设计由 Studios Parisien 所制作。

Lost & Found 失而复得

BVLGARI celebrated the homecoming of the two stolen masterpieces of Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam almost fifteen years after their theft from Naples, Italy. Thanks to the invaluable efforts and contribution of the Italian Guardia di Finanza and other competent authorities, the Embassy of Italy in The Netherlands was aware that major brands of ‘Made in Italy’ could contribute to the Museum’s efforts to restore the two masterpieces.

A special treat for BVLGARI invitees, the paintings “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” and “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen” were displayed at the Van Gogh Museum for one night only. BVLGARI’s most iconic and divine collections were inspired by Serpenti’s motif found in ancient Rome. The Diva collection, inspired by the Caracalla thermal baths’ mosaic floors, offers the perfect example of how BVLGARI is, and has always been, in tune with the world of arts.

Van Gogh Museum Celebrates Van Gogh Paintings宝格丽 (BVLGARI) 在阿姆斯特丹梵高博物馆欢庆梵高的两幅画作回归。这是它们当年在上述博物馆遭失窃15年之后失而复得,这两件杰作是从意大利的那不勒斯 (Naples) 寻获。

由宝格丽贡献并联合意大利大使馆与意大利金融警卫队,特别为归还这两幅珍贵的名画举办了一场庆祝会。至于重见天日的“斯海弗宁恩海景”和“离开尼厄嫩教堂”这两幅画作仅在梵高博物馆展出了一个晚上,受邀参观这个私密庆祝会的客人们过后也在博物馆里享用晚餐。宝格丽最具代表性和神秘的系列设计灵感来自于古罗马的蛇形 (Serpenti) 系统图案,还有从罗马卡拉卡拉浴场的马赛克地板启发的Diva系列提供了一个完美的例子,彰显宝格丽永远与艺术世界一致的步伐。