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.
Currently, I am positioned in the education sector and teaching at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia (UBC)—located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. My pedagogical innovations and teaching experience at UBC 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 Ph.D. in architecture from the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore, where I was also a Research Associate. In 2014, I received the World Future Foundation Ph.D. 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 peer-reviewed journals that include Urban Studies, Town Planning Review, and International Development Planning Review. My co-authored book, Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning, was published in 2017 and caters to a general readership. And, from time to time, I dabble in writing blog posts.
Areas of Interest: urban cultures & urban economies in transition | social sustainability | public space & placemaking | neighbourhood & community planning | visual methods | pedagogy and curriculum design
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