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Founder & Managing Director, EDGE Design Institute Ltd (Hong Kong)
Gary Chang is a leading creative force within the architectural, interior and product design industry. By challenging traditional boundaries and rethinking spatial possibilities, he has built a reputation for his multi-disciplinary designs that combine modernism with tradition, innovation with familiarity, urbanity with nature, and art with practicality.
Born in Hong Kong, Gary graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1987 and founded his company EDGE in 1994. Since then, Gary has demonstrated his keen artistic visions through his numerous award-winning designs, keynote lectures and literary works. These include such notable works as the Suitcase House in Beijing, his Kung-fu tea-set for ALESSI, his book “Hotel as Home”, and the transformation of his 32m2 apartment. A YouTube video of the latter was a sensation and an inspiration to millions globally.
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.
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”; 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!, and Creative Circle Award, among others.
Director, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (Australia)
Madeleine Blanchfield was Associate Director at one of Sydney’s leading design firms for ten years, working on single dwelling houses, small offices and apartment buildings, before beginning her own practice in 2009 to focus most particularly on houses.
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects is an award-winning boutique practice of eight architects and interior designers, offering a bespoke architecture and interior design service, with tailored offerings to ensure clients get exactly the expertise they require.
Says Madeleine: “Our work strives to be timeless and elegant, refined and thoughtful. We believe that beautiful spaces can also be flexible and functional and we create honest, clear designs through diligent analysis, exploration and attention to detail. We create homes that are bold, luminous and that elevate the spirit.”
Founders, Takenouchi Webb
Established in 2006, Takenouchi Webb is a partnership between British architect Marc Webb and Japanese interior designer Naoko Takenouchi. Marc previously worked as an architect in London and Naoko as a restaurant designer in Tokyo. They began their practice together after working in Singapore for several years.
Takenouchi Webb is an award-winning and integrated design firm that develops architectural and interior environments with a focus on restaurant, hotel and bar projects. The studio believes in a holistic approach to design, developing the architecture, interior and furniture for each project. The design approach of Takenouchi Webb is a carefully considered combination of materials, detailing and precision combined with practical problem solving unique to each project.
Principal / Partner & Project Director, Design Intervention (Singapore)
Design Intervention is helmed by partners Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage. The studio’s work has been widely published both locally and internationally. For five consecutive years, their projects have been featured in the International Design Review, a compilation of works from the top 100 interior designers from around the globe. They are the only Singapore-based studio to have achieved this honour. Design Intervention has won Best Design for a residential project in Singapore eight times at the Asia Property Awards, as well as winning awards for commercial/hospitality projects too. Six of their projects have gone on to win the award for Best Design for the whole Asia-Pacific region at the International Property Awards with two projects achieving the highest award of World’s Best.
Design Intervention has been actively fostering local talent through an initiative called the Young Designers Award. Nikki and Andrea have also hosted a TV programme on HGTV called Come On In, which shows how good design can transform the homes and lives of everyday people.
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 and scales, both 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 and the Chicago Atheneum amongst others, and have been finalists at the World Architecture Festival on various occasions. Rene was a ‘Designer of the Year’ laureate at the 2016 President’s Design Award in Singapore. Also active in academia, Rene teaches and lectures in forums, conferences and schools.