Biography

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Adib Jalal is a placemaker, design curator, and community organiser whose life and work is a continued exploration on making our cities delightful and inclusive places to live in.

He is the Co-founder and Director of placemaking studio, Shophouse & Co, a consultancy that helps developers and communities create places for people through programmes and interventions that bring positive social and economic impact for the space and community.

Previously, Adib served as the Festival Director of Archifest from 2012 and 2013 where he restructured the festival to its current form by introducing the Archifest Pavilion competition and other content pillars alongside a new visual identity. Prior to that, he had stints as a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic School of Design, as a multi-disciplinary designer at award-winning design studio FARM, and as the Editor-In-Chief of FIVEFOOTWAY, one of the pioneer blogs about Asian cities which he co-founded in 2007. Passionate about nurturing communities, Adib also lends his time as a design mentor alongside contributing to his neighbourhood as a grassroots leader.

Adib is based in Singapore and holds a Bachelor (Hons) Architecture from National University of Singapore. On top of his commitments, Adib makes sure that he reserves special time for family, football, and catching up on his reading and writing.

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