Bio

Hello!

Thank you for visiting. Allow me to share with you a little more of my background.

I began my early planning career in the public sector, working on community development initiatives at the provincial and federal levels of government in Canada. I continued further on the planning track through 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 a Lecturer in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. Immediately prior to my current role, I held a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship position also in SCARP. My pedagogical experimentations and teaching experience at UBC encompass both graduate and undergraduate education in planning. Additionally, I have taught students aged 15-18 in UBC’s Future Global Leaders pre-university summer program.

Before joining SCARP, 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 StudiesTown Planning Review, and International Development Planning Review. My co-authored book, Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning, was recently 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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