Thank you for visiting. Allow me to share with you a glimpse into the backstory.
My early exposure to planning was acquired in the public sector, through work assignments on community development initiatives at the provincial and federal levels of government in Canada. Soon thereafter, I continued further on the planning track via graduate studies, funded by a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, at the University of New South Wales in Australia, then later specializing in land use zoning and development policies as an urban planner with the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore.
I am currently exploring the higher education sector and have taught at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver Point Grey campus—located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. My pedagogic innovations and teaching experience encompass both graduate and undergraduate education in planning. Additionally, I have taught youths aged 15-18 in UBC’s Future Global Leaders pre-university summer program.
Immediately prior to UBC, I received my PhD in architecture from the National University of Singapore, where I was also a Research Associate at the then School of Design and Environment. In 2014, I received the World Future Foundation PhD Prize for my doctoral dissertation—an empirical study on neighbourhood nightlife and the spatiotemporal dimensions of urban informality in promoting social sustainability after dark.
I have published in journals that include Urban Studies, Town Planning Review, and International Development Planning Review. Most recently, I have contributed chapters to The New Companion to Urban Design and Companion to Public Space, both published by Routledge in 2019 and 2020 respectively. And, from time to time, I dabble in writing blog posts.
Areas of Interest: public space and placemaking | neighbourhood and community planning | urban trends and cities in transition | futures literacy and urban imaginaries | pedagogy and curriculum design
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