Ms Angelene Chan is the CEO of DP Architects, a premier Singaporean firm with 1,300 employees and 17 offices worldwide. Named one of Singapore’s 20 leading architects under the age of 45 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2010, Ms Chan has spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including Sunray Woodcraft Construction Headquarters, a bold design that redefines the typology; The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall at 120ha; Resorts World Sentosa, a $6.5bn integrated resort in Singapore; and two transformations of Wisma Atria, a landmark shopping mall on Orchard Road. As CEO of an influential architecture firm in Asia, she is committed to building purposeful architecture that fulfils the needs of the users and community, balances practical requirements of the brief, and invigorates the local context.
Her recent achievements include winning the President’s Design Award 2015, the nation’s top design honour, for Sunray Woodcraft Construction Headquarters, a light industrial factory boldly dressed in the company’s corporate yellow colour. Redefining the typology in its local context, the building also won the SIA Architectural Design Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the international Architizer A+ awards.
Ms Chan has been instrumental in driving the firm’s expansion into Europe in recent years; she is working on two residential towers in London’s Royal Wharf with a dynamic form and a façade that is sensitive to the changing seasons. She is currently overseeing large-scale retail and mixed developments in Georgia, Astana, Seoul, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur, raising awareness of DP’s design capabilities and the Singapore design brand beyond Asia.
Ms Chan’s key works have been exhibited locally and internationally. She has been invited to speak and judge at many international architectural conferences and events, including World Architecture Festival (London and Singapore); Archifest, Singapore’s premier design event for architects; President’s Design Award forums; and Architecture Construction Conference in Dubai. In 2011, her key works were presented at Berlin’s Aedes am Pfefferberg in an exhibition on emerging architects working in Singapore. In conjunction with the exhibition, she presented at a symposium on Liveable Cities at Aedes Network Campus Berlin. Seen as an active role model, she is often asked to share her experience as a female architect at local educational institutions, including Singapore University of Technology and Design, National Junior College and the Ministry of Education. Ms Chan supports the development of the next generation of architects by investing her time and the firm’s CSR efforts towards this cause.
Ms Chan has been made a member of Singapore’s Board of Architects in 2016, an exclusive statutory board of 15 that establishes and maintains the professionalism and qualifications of the practice. Ms Chan was recognised as a ‘Woman Who Makes a Difference’ at the second RBS Coutts and Financial Times Women in Asia Awards for shaping boardroom decisions and inspiring communities in 2010. She was also profiled in Conversation With: The Powerful Women series, a signature interview programme on Channel NewsAsia in 2008. Ms Chan served as chair of the Singapore Institute of Architects’ Publications Committee from 2011 to 2014, and is the editor-in-chief for DP Architects’ publications. These publications, produced under her purview, examine the social impact of the profession and contribute to the local and international architectural discourse.
As CEO, Ms Chan directs the strategic growth of the firm towards its vision to expand internationally. In addition, she steers the Human Resources and Corporate Affairs functions. She has initiated workplace programmes to connect the diverse DP workforce, introduced knowledge-sharing platforms to foster idea exchange and continuous innovation across the board, actively championing the relentless refinement of design.
Ms Chan has been a council member of Dover Park Hospice since 2009 and is currently their honorary secretary. She took on the 2011 rebranding and renovation of the hospice pro bono. She advises on the design of the new hospice building, and future design and building requirements that aim to improve the lives of the patients.
Ms Chan graduated with first-class honours from the University of Adelaide in 1987. Upon graduation, she was hired by Woods Bagot Pty Ltd in Canberra. During her three years with Woods Bagot, she designed and completed several office buildings and the Embassy of Spain. In 1990, Ms Chan moved to Singapore to head DP Architects’ retail team in the Suntec City project.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Chatham Room, Level 7, Conrad Hong Kong
The Development Forum provides a unique platform for the development community to analyse significant projects, share challenges and ideas, and explore new ways to deliver development and regeneration opportunities across the Asia Pacific. Each speaker presents a key transformative influence of today and conveys impacts through projects and city impacts.