Adib Jalal is an urbanist and writer who is curious about the cities and humanity that we share with each other.
He is currently the Co-founder and Director of placemaking studio Shophouse & Co, a consultancy that helps developers, government agencies, and communities create lovable places for people to live, work, and play.
Adib has spent more than a decade of his career exploring how to make our cities great places for people to live in. He has worked on developing placemaking strategies for urban developments at various scales and contexts including cultural precincts, shopping belts, and the residential heartlands. As a practitioner of a people-centered process, Adib has also conceptualized and conducted stakeholder & public engagements involving different community segments, businesses, and government agencies. His work also extends to the curation of placemaking programmes and activations to create a shared experience of the city.
Previously, Adib served as the Festival Director of Archifest – a festival of ideas for the city – where he restructured it to appeal to a wider audience by introducing the Archifest Pavilion and a new curatorial approach. He has also had stints as an educator at various tertiary institutions, as a multi-disciplinary designer at award-winning design studio FARM; and as the Founding Editor of FIVEFOOTWAY, a blog about Asian cities which he co-founded in 2007.
Adib is currently a World Cities Summit Young Leader and recognised by PlacemakingX, a global network of urbanist leaders, as a Thought Leader. He is also currently serving on National Heritage Board’s Heritage Advisory Panel and actively lends his time to mentoring students and speaking engagements to advance the idea of a people-centered lovable city.
Contact: hello [at] adibjalal.com