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.
Design Partner, P A L Design Group; Chairman, Hong Kong Interior Design Association; Director, Hong Kong Design Centre (Hong Kong)
Joey Ho draws his creative inspirations from the far-reaching corners of Asia. He was born in Taiwan, raised in Singapore, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong (Master of Architecture) and The National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Architectural Studies). Each of these culturally diverse yet artistically vibrant locations have played a part in fashioning Joey’s unique and avant-garde perspectives of the world.
Joey has established a high-profile clientele in corporate, residential, education, hospitality and various other sectors, with projects in Hong Kong, the Greater China region, Singapore, India, the US and Australia. To date, Joey’s designs have won numerous internationally recognised awards.
A highly active and respected member of the design industry, Joey is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association, the Director of Hong Kong Design Centre, course consultant of Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, and advisory committee member of Hong Kong Trade and Development Council.
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.
Director, Bijl Architecture (Australia)
Melonie Bayl-Smith began architectural practice with a profound belief that ‘great design thinks ahead’. Since establishing her practice Bijl Architecture more than a decade ago, Melonie’s purposeful and robust design approach has resulted in many published projects and a string of industry awards. Today, this busy practice works across residential, educational and public sectors with ten professionals in the Sydney studio.
Over the past 15 years Melonie has also been a respected voice in the profession on a range of issues, and appears in the inaugural all-female publication Architette (2018), recognising prominent women architects internationally. Melonie’s contribution over many years to professional bodies, governance and education, were formally recognised earlier this year when she was elevated to ‘Fellow’ of the Australian Institute of Architects (FRAIA).
Melonie is currently Adjunct Professor at UTS School of Architecture and the State Convenor of Pathways for the registration of architects in New South Wales. She is active in teaching design studio and advocates for a broad architectural education that encompasses the challenges and opportunities faced by the architects and designers of today.
Principal / Partner & Project Director, Design Intervention (Singapore)
Nikki was born in the UK and studied at the London School of Economics before moving to Asia in 1990. She founded Design Intervention in 2004 and since then, the company has expanded to become one of Singapore’s most respected design studios.
Nikki’s work has been widely published both locally and internationally. For the last five consecutive years, her projects have been featured in the International Design Review, a compilation of works from the top 100 interior designers from around the globe. She is the only Singapore-based designer to have achieved this honour. Her ski chalet in the Japanese Alps was named the Best Interior Design project in Japan and for the fourth year in a row she has won Best Interior Design for a residential project in Singapore. Three of her projects have gone on to win the award for Best Interior Design for a residence for the whole Asia-Pacific region at the International Property Awards.
Nikki is joined at Design Intervention by Partner and Project Director Andrea Savage. Under their leadership, Design Intervention has been actively fostering local talent through an initiative called the Young Designers Award, which is now in its fourth year.
Since 2017, Nikki and Andrea have also been host of a new interior design TV show for HGTV called Come On In. The programme showcases how good design can transform the homes and lives of everyday people, and also provides insight into how design is executed and applied in Asia.
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, co-founding ‘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. 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, The Scotsman, The List, 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’. He has lectured in Singapore and Beijing, presented papers at conferences in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong and participated in academic panels in the UK, South Asia and the Middle East.
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.
Creative Director, Viewport Studio (UK/Singapore)
Voon studied architecture at the AA in London and the National University of Singapore, and has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and Rick Mather Architects among others.
Voon set up his own studio in 1997 and has completed over 450 international projects for clients as varied as Como Holdings, Walter Knoll, Delta Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic where he designed the latest crop of cabin interiors. He has won many prestigious awards including the President’s Design Award “Designer of the Year” (2012) and The Hong Kong Design For Asia Gold Award. He was also in the selection for the Compasso D’Oro, Italy’s most prestigious design prize. He is the creative head of Viewport Studios, a multi-disciplinary agency currently working on projects as far afield as New Mexico and Hokkaido.