Director, Park + Associates (Singapore)
Christina Thean graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and joined Park + Associates after completing her studies in 2001. She has since gone on to build a portfolio that spans across a wide spectrum of different typologies, from private dwellings to high-rise residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, cultural and civic institutions, as well as hotels and resorts.
A firm believer of P+A’s design philosophy that each project is an opportunity to transform space into a delightful experience, Christina undertakes her role as Design Director with the aspiration and commitment to deliver experiences that transcend visual stimulation.
Park + Associates’ work has garnered numerous architecture and design awards, earning critical acclaim locally and internationally. The studio’s very own office was awarded “Design of the Year” at the President’s Design Award in 2015 and Design Award for Interior Architecture at the 14th SIA Architectural Design Awards. In 2014, P+A competed against designers around the globe and emerged the winner of the category “Designer’s Own Office” at the Best of Year Awards in New York.
Christina also served as Co-Chair of the Singapore Institute of Architects’ membership committee in 2015 and 2016.
Founder and Director of Design, Ministry of Design (Singapore)
Architecturally trained in the US and licensed in Singapore, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent four years at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic.
As MOD’s Founder and Director of Design, Colin has been named “Designer of the Year” by International Design Awards USA 2010. He is also a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award, as well as the two-time Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, the highest international hospitality accolade. He was awarded Hong Kong Perspective’s ‘40 under 40 architects’, and was named in Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize 2007 as the ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness’. Recognised as ”Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.
Founder and Creative Director, The Press Room (Singapore)
An architect by training, Kelley Cheng is a modern day polymath who has immersed herself in the roles of editor, writer, curator, spatial designer, graphic designer, video director, interactive designer, and educator. She runs her own publishing and design consultancy The Press Room, designing everything from books to brands, exhibitions, documentaries, and even stage and film sets. As a creative director, her graphic and branding projects include the Youth Olympics Games, Singapore Pavilion at the World Expo Yeosu 2012, The National Art Gallery Singapore, and more.
Kelley has curated and designed many high-profile exhibitions including President’s Design Award 2015 and 2017; augmented reality art show “Martell 300 Air Gallery”; “Project 6581” for Japan Creative Centre; co-curated “Rotations: The Art of Tim Yip” and “TributeSG” with Esplanade; co-curated iLight Marina Bay Light Art Festival 2009 with Randy Chan; the exhibition “Limit-Limitless” at the Venice Biennale for architectural firm MKPL Architects; and a big scale architectural exhibition for REDAS (Real Estate Development Association Singapore) celebrating SG50.
An active educator, she had served as adjunct lecturer in Visual Communications at Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and The Glasgow School of Art, Singapore; and an adjunct lecturer in Interior Architecture at LaSalle College of the Arts. She is also a frequent name on international design judging panels Red Dot Awards, Nagoya-Do!, Creative Circle Award, etc.
She is a board member of the Design Communication Industry Advisory Group for LaSalle College of the Arts, and Singapore Polytechnic Design School Advisory Board, among others.
Principal, Mim Design (Australia)
Her philosophy is to produce unique and individual design results that not only reflect the client or their brand but also enhances their lives.
Commencing her career at architecture and design firm Buchan Group – where over a period of 12 years she progressed to become an Associate Director within a team of more than 200 people – Mim combined her interest in retail with a love of design and worked on both Australian and international projects, in New York and Los Angeles.
Miriam founded Mim Design in 2000. Based in South Yarra, Mim Design is a mid-sized studio with a team of 25 that delivers design projects from individual and multi-residential, through to hospitality, hotel and retail.
A frequent keynote speaker at top-tier national events, Mim has led her firm to be a powerhouse nationally and internationally, with Mim Design nominated for and winning a myriad awards for work on projects including Seed Heritage, Upper West Side and the Lexus Design Pavilion at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2014.
Miriam believes in being continually inspired by surrounding environments and seeks a strong sense of design and rational use of purpose for each individual project. Miriam sees every project as a design opportunity to think differently and bring forth fresh and timeless ideas, along with tailored planning and sense of proportion.
Head of Department, Interior Design, The Glasgow School of Art (UK)
Patrick is Head of Department and Programme Leader for both the undergraduate and masters programmes in Interior Design at The Glasgow School of Art. He is also Programme Leader for the departmental partnership in Singapore, and sits on the Council of Interior Educators (IE), the national subject body for the discipline.
His research is directed towards the nature, quality and value of the interior in urban contexts. His particular focus is on atmosphere in the built environment; the development of representations of the spatial via digital and analogue edges and interfaces; interiority and sound; and the cultural significance of the industrial ruin.
Alongside his academic career Patrick is a design practitioner and consultant, and the co-founder of ‘Lapland’, a confederation of designers and artists concerned with the temporary occupation of commercial city space.
From 1998 – 2009 he was an Associate Artist with the award-winning theatre company Suspect Culture and responsible for design of the company’s brand, print, digital presence, costumes and sets. He has also worked with ‘Frozen River’, with clients across the arts and the public sector.
His work has been featured and referenced in iD, Blueprint, The Guardian, The Herald, MAP, NME (New Musical Express), and in the publications ‘Social Sculpture: The Rise of the Glasgow Art Scene’; ‘How Glasgow Stole the Idea of Contemporary Art’; and ‘The Suspect Culture Book’. Patrick has lectured in Singapore and Beijing, and has participated in conferences and academic panels both in Europe and Asia.
Founder and Design Director, Peter Tay Studio (Singapore)
Peter Tay of Peter Tay Studio is an award-winning celebrity interior designer to stars such as Zhang Ziyi, Stephanie Sun and Zoe Tay. His portfolio includes houses, residential apartments and offices; boutiques and showrooms for international brands such as Richard Mille, Manolo Blahnik, Armani Casa, Louis Poulsen, and Poliform (Space Showroom); and showflats for developers such as SC Global and GuocoLand. Peter’s projects are spread out across the globe, from Los Angeles to Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
Peter Tay graduated from the Architectural Association in London in 2000 and he worked with several leading contemporary architects before starting his own practice in 2001. In 2013, he published his first monograph, and it launched in Kyoto, Hong Kong and Singapore that same year.
Peter Tay participated in the “Time-Space-Existence” exhibition at Palazzo Bembo at the Venice Biennale, Italy in 2014. That same year, he won the President’s Design Award “Designer of the Year”.
Co-Founder & Director, RT+Q Architects (Singapore)
Born in Malaysia and educated in the US, Rene Tan – who describes himself as an accidental architect – now resides and practices architecture in Singapore.
Rene received his BA both in architecture and music at Yale and his MArch from Princeton. Today as Director at RT+Q Architects (a firm he co-founded with partner TK Quek), Rene leads a team of about 15 staff in their search for the elusive ideals in architecture. The lessons he learnt from music school shape their work. To transcend themselves, RT+Q pursues a counter-intuitive approach toward design. Rene has two daily reminders for his team and himself: ‘never think like an architect’ and ‘always put the wrong thing at the right place’.
RT+Q’s portfolio covers works of various types, scale and sizes; they have done work locally and internationally. Amongst recent projects are a tombstone, a bus stop, a high-rise residence and a ski resort. They have been conferred awards by the Singapore Institute of Architects, the Chicago Atheneum amongst others, and have been finalists at the World Architecture Festival on various occasions. Rene was ‘Designer of the Year’ laureate of the 2016 President’s Design Award in Singapore.
Active in academia, Rene teaches and lectures in forums, conferences and schools. He has held teaching appointments at Berkeley, Syracuse, Hong Kong and Singapore. In the fall of 2017 he was Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. Strong advocates of travel, education and fun, his office now confers the annual ‘RT+Q Rome Prize’ at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Founder, Steve Leung Designers; President-Elect (2015 - 2017) / President (2017 - 2019), International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI)
Recognised internationally, Hong Kong-born Steve Leung is a leading architect, interior and product designer whose works reflect a sophisticated and unique character of minimalism, with skillful adoption of Asian culture and arts.
Steve Leung is founder of Steve Leung Architects (SLA), Steve Leung Designers (SLD), Steve Leung Hospitality (SLH), Steve Leung Exchange (SLX) and Steve Leung Lifestyle (SLL) that together offer a highly diversified range of services and expertise.
Headquartered in Hong Kong with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, SLD has more than 400 staff working on projects spread over 100 cities all over the world. The Company is ranked Top 30 in “Top 100 Giants Research” by Interior Design Magazine and at Top 1 position in the “Residential Category” in 2016 and 2017.
Over the past 20 years, Steve has led numerous famed projects in China and overseas and received high acclaim worldwide. Some of his most renowned projects include yoo residences and 39 Conduit Road in Hong Kong, and London Shangri-la Hotel at the Shard, to name a few. Steve has won the Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards 13 times since 1999; he has been listed on The 50 Most Influential Persons of the Year 2015 by INTERNI, and The 30 Most Influential Designers by FORBES China. Steve and his team have garnered over 130 design and corporate awards in the Asia Pacific and worldwide, such as the Asia Pacific Property Awards, IIDA Annual Interior Design Competition and more.
Steve is also the President-Elect (2015 – 2017) / President (2017 – 2019) of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).