INSIDE THE CREATIVE MIND

The ‘Cities of Opportunities’ Asia Book Launch was a physical event held on Tuesday the 26th January at 5.30pm at the National Design Centre in Singapore as well as a live feed (virtual) event. Attendees got the opportunity to hear from some of the contributing authors of the book, with lectures and fireside chats moderated by Prof. Pomeroy. Panellists included award-winning architect and founder of Spark Architects, Stephen Pimbley; Cambridge University academic and course director of the IDBE programme, Dr. Kayla Friedman; former National athlete and Sport Singapore CEO, Lim Teck Yin, and British High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Kara Owen.

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Fireside Chats

About the Panellists

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H.E Kara Owen CMG CVO

British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore

Prof. Kayla Friedman is Course Director for the University of Cambridge’s Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) and Senior Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). As a licensed New York State Architect with ten years’ professional experience, she has explored the challenges of improving sustainability in the built environment and engaged diverse stakeholders in vision creation and implementation in the US and UK. Friedman holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge; Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St Louis and a BSc from the University of Virginia. She is particularly interested in how continuing education for working professionals can enrich their professional practice.

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Prof. Kayla Friedman

Course Director, IDBE, University of Cambridge

Prof. Kayla Friedman is Course Director for the University of Cambridge’s Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) and Senior Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). As a licensed New York State Architect with ten years’ professional experience, she has explored the challenges of improving sustainability in the built environment and engaged diverse stakeholders in vision creation and implementation in the US and UK. Friedman holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge; Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St Louis and a BSc from the University of Virginia. She is particularly interested in how continuing education for working professionals can enrich their professional practice.

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Stephen Pimbley 

Director, Spark Architects Singapore, Shanghai, London

Stephen graduated from the Royal College of Art London in 1984 where he was a Gulbenkian scholar. In 2000 Stephen set up Alsop’s Asia studios and designed Clarke Quay Singapore, winner of Cityscape Asia Best Waterfront development in 2008. In 2009, Stephen established Spark. He now leads the design and thought leadership of the studios master planning, architecture and research projects including: Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, GRiD, Singapore, Hefei Steelworks master plan, Guangzhou Shipyard master plan and HomeFarm SPARK’s research into urban farming and aged care living, winner of the Experimental Future Category at World Architecture Festival in 2016.

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Lim Teck Yin

CEO, Sport Singapore

Lim Teck Yin is the CEO of national sport promotion agency, Sport Singapore. He developed Vision 2030, the strategic direction for Sport Singapore’s work plans and organisational development. The new Masterplan’s tenet on partnering the public, private and people sectors in nation-building through sport has informed Sport Singapore’s integrated strategy across mass participation, high performance and infrastructure efforts. Lim also led and managed major national projects including the delivery of the 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015. Under his leadership, Sport Singapore launched ActiveSG, the national movement for sport, which has attracted over 1.7 million members since its launch in April 2014.