What were you doing before joining LASALLE?
Whilst studying, I worked freelance on many design projects. Upon graduation, I assumed many different roles in the design industry. My job then was mainly in art direction and copywriting. In 2001, I started to teach design, and in the following year, I had an important part in planning the curriculum. My passion for design and teaching led me to my current position.
Top row: Linking Cities, Designing Experiences project with a South Korean University.
Bottom row: A design capability project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
What are some interesting projects you have completed?
I worked on The Linking Cities, Designing Experiences project with a South Korean University in 2010. Students from Singapore and Seoul shared ideas and themes about the city. We made an inquiry into the issues of urbanism. We captured fascinating, multi-faceted insights. The project also included concepts in urban typology, urban environment, social settings of cities and physical infrastructure.
In another project, I worked with HIV women in Phnom Penh. We conceived a design capability project using design and design education to transform the livelihood of the women and their families. We worked with the women and taught them design and business skills so they can earn a better living for themselves. This social enterprise project was inspiring.
As dean of LASALLE’s Faculty of Design, what are your goals for your staff, and your students?
I hope to foster a multi-dimensional approach to teaching and learning design at LASALLE’s Faculty of Design. We need to keep up with changing needs of design and how designers can respond to changing demands. My goals for the teaching team is to explore ever-broadening capacities for design, and take on greater inter-disciplinary, collaborative approach to teaching. This is to respond to evolving societal, cultural and technological developments.