Meet the Team
Strategic Advisor, Co-founder
Jan is an architecturally-trained community organiser who works closely with everyday people, to develop their capacity for influencing the built environment. Prior to helming P!D, she was a design consultant at ONG&ONG Experience Design. Her work in design and facilitation has spanned both the public and private sectors, including the Ministry of National Development (MND), the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Ogilvy & Mather. In 2015 she was conferred the title of PY Fellow under the Philip Yeo Innovation Fellows Programme, having been awarded PY Associate in 2014. Jan is also an artist and freelance writer. She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a M.Arch.
Executive Director, Co-founder
Mizah is a designer and community organizer who is a strong advocate for a participatory and community-centric approach in the design and planning of cities and neighbourhoods. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Design and Environment, and was previously a researcher at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities. Since the thesis for her Masters of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, Mizah’s portfolio of participatory-based works has expanded to include neighbourhood planning, public space design, and community art installations; working in partnership with grassroots organisations, educational institutions, civic groups and government agencies. She was a finalist in the Makers of More Challenge by Ashoka Changemakers, in 2015 and is nominated as a World Cities Summit Young Leader in 2018.
Larry is a strong believer that the “community has the power to shape and influence their built environment”. Graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a M.Arch in 2014, and having done a thesis focusing on co-creating spaces with the local rental housing community, he joined P!D in 2016 to further explore his passion for Participatory Design. Prior to joining P!D, he was an architectural associate at CPG Consultants. His work in design and project management includes the Enhancement to the UNESCO Heritage site at Singapore National Orchid Garden, Eight Riversuites and NUCLEOS @ Biopolis. In 2014, he was also the recipient of the BCA-CPG Industrial scholarship award as well as the URA Urban Design prize.
Jen is a designer whose interest in participatory design grew out of a love of visual communication and a belief that successful design should be inclusive and human-centred. Jen has a BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design from the Columbus College of Art and Design and an MA in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jen has had the privilege of partnering with several communities, addressing issues such as: connecting low-income older adults to affordable hearing devices, working with parents to make reading a priority in the lives of their children, fostering environmentally friendly places of worship with faith leaders, bringing pastors together to discuss racism and oppression against African Americans, and assisting in designing a redevelopment plan with community members of neglected neighbourhoods.
Keola graduated from Singapore Polytechnic as an Interior Designer by trade but dabbles in other forms of design and media in the pursuit of seeking new creative outlets, he seeks to find a growing path in the wide cast net of User Experience Design. Since joining P!D, he has learnt how participation and design can play an effective role in the growth of communities and social groups. He enjoys the interaction he has with the diverse groups of people and is always humbled by the experiences through the process. Keola lives to find new experiences in every way which includes playing music, brewing beer, delving into sub-cultures and exploring all of the good land and sea but always looks forward to coming home to have a bowl of bak chor mee.
Senior Project Manager
Mabel fell in love with all things Peranakan after moving to this part of the world. What started out as a personal interest later turned into a professional undertaking to share with people her passion for Singapore's cultural heritage. In addition to working at P!D, Mabel is a volunteer docent (guide) at the Peranakan Museum, where she was part of the training team for new guides. She has researched the history of Chinatown and taught a course on Singapore's architectural heritage for the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. In a former life, Mabel was a technical advisor at the Hong Kong Government’s Commissioner for Heritage's Office and worked as a senior architect at Simon Kwan & Associates Ltd. Mabel has undergraduate and master degrees in architecture and architectural conservation from the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Apphia is an avid kopi peng siew dai drinker and a sophomore at Nanyang Business School. She came to know about P!D through the rectangular box in her living room – P!D's feature on a Channel NewsAsia series and landed herself a position in the cozy office space as a social media intern in April 2017 and continues as a Communications Manager till today. Joining P!D has taught her so much about Participatory Design, the society and herself. She discovered the potential and impact of including the community and stakeholders in the decision-making process and hopes to continue to influence change through the efforts in online marketing.
P!D Fellowship Programme
Lee Li Fang
Li Fang is an analyst with a strong passion in developing the community’s interest and potential to build up their own environments. Inspired by the extent of public responsibility in Swiss cities, she believes that public participation creates a more equitable and loved environment for many. She enjoys using her professional skills to provide data supported analysis for the design community. During her free time, she delights in being involved with community engagement projects with Participate in Design and also does exciting craft programmes and hands-on land building and maintenance activities with Ground-Up Initiative to keep a grounded connection to the Earth.
Jarrod is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, with a strong interest urban and social policy. He has been volunteering with P!D since October 2017. A former student of sociology, Jarrod believes that community participation is vital for well-designed urban spaces and social programs, and for giving residents a greater sense of ownership in the development of liveable cities. He has also embarked on research and projects around social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and design thinking. Outside of school, Jarrod spends time seeking out new additions to his (unhealthily large) collection of floral shirts.