I’m Adib Jalal, an urbanist based in Singapore. Occasionally I write, and sometimes I take long walks.

I’ve spent almost 15 years exploring the built environment as a designer, educator, curator, festival director, facilitator, and consultant. Mostly, my work involves building connections between people and place, and breaking down complex urban issues for discussion and action. I also write essays, give presentations, and contribute time on various panels.

In 2013, I co-founded Shophouse & Co. I also created Urban Ideas which is made up of a prize award for students, and a newsletter about cities. At the same time, I also write Dispatches, a newsletter about walking, writing, and being.

I am @adibjalal on Twitter and Instagram. My email is: hello [at] adibjalal.com

Work Highlights

Selected Projects

  • 2020 :: Co-creator of PodscapeSounds & Stories of the city
  • 2019 :: Field Research, Stakeholder Engagement & Development of Placemaking Masterplan for Somerset Belt Youth Precinct
  • 2019 :: Stakeholder Engagement & Place Visioning for Geylang Serai Cultural Precinct
  • 2019 :: Stakeholder Engagement & Strategic Recommendations for Pre-pilot BIDs by Heartland Enterprise Center Singapore
  • 2018-2019 :: Stakeholder Engagement & Strategic Recommendations for Jalan Besar Town Council Masterplan
  • 2018-2019 :: Curator of Our Gallery at Taman Jurong – a residential public art collection
  • 2018 :: Stakeholder Engagement for Sentosa Masterplan
  • 2018 :: Co-Creator, Curator & Producer of The City Ramble – key program of Singapore Design Week
  • 2016-2017 :: Stakeholder Engagement, Place Visioning, Strategic Recommendations, & Placemaking Activation of Funan Showsuite
  • 2014-2017 :: Co-Curator & Producer of Design Trails – key program of Singapore Design Week
  • 2014-2017 :: Co-Curator & Producer of Programmes at National Design Centre
  • 2014 :: Co-Creator, Curator & Producer of Transitional___, a transitional space activation
  • 2012-2013 :: Festival Director of Archifest – a festival of ideas for the city
  • 2007 – 2014 :: Co-Creator & Editor of FIVEFOOTWAY
  • 2007 :: Co-creator of Magical Spaces Project

Selected Invitations & Presentations


  • Guest of Honour, Graduation Showcase, Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Design & Environment.


  • Presenter, Pecha Kucha Penang Volume 11, Special Edition of World Architecture Day
  • Moderator, “To Our City With Love” – a panel on lovability of a city by DesignSingapore Council
  • Panelist, Advertising Week x Facebook, “The Future of Community”


  • Presenter, Let’s Connect! by National Arts Council, Singapore, May 2019


  • Panelist, Reviving and Revitalizing Cities and Spaces Through Arts and Culture by Culture Academy (MCCY), Singapore, November 2017
  • Presenter, Placemaking Week 2017 by Project for Public Spaces, Amsterdam, October 2017
  • Panelist, Smart Cities Innovation Awards by Le Monde, Singapore, June 2017


  • Speaker, Community Building Seminar by Housing Development Board, Singapore, May 2016
  • Speaker, Let’s Connect, Community Arts Speaker Series by National Arts Council, Singapore, March 2016


  • Speaker, TEDx Changi Airport Group, Singapore. January 2015


  • Speaker, Creative Mornings (Singapore), Topic: Urbanism. October 2013
  • City Curator, Creative(c)ities, Kaohsiung Design Festival. 2013


  • Speaker, Pecha Kucha, World Architecture Festival. 2012


  • Featured Creative, Singapore Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice. September 2008
  • Invited participant. “Cityscapers: By The Throat” by The British Council, Edinburgh. April 2008