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Archifest 2020


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Hello Empathy

| 2023 | As part of Singapore Design Week, the session started off with an introduction of how Hello Empathy was conceived, followed by an experiential session where participants played the card game and learnt more about autism through conversations, putting themselves in the shoes of persons with autism.

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TAB III series Architecture and beyond: Doing good is not enough

| 2023 | Organised by Cosentino, Moderated by WY-TO

Trecia shared her thoughts on why humanitarian aid has hardly made a dent in alleviating global poverty issues even though millions of dollars have been pumped into such efforts, and the steps that can be taken to eradicate poverty from the ground up.

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Designing for Special Needs Communities (Webinar)

| 2023 | Organised by Singapore Institute of Architects

Trecia gave her take on the important areas that architects and their clients should take note of when dealing with projects involving special needs communities.


How to be Kind

| 2022 | Organised by DesignSingapore Council, Moderated by WY-TO

In this discussion panel curated by WY-TO, Trecia and Qi Wei, along with Andre Tan from Xopo Design and Kuik Shiao-yin from Common Ground, shared on the topic of building a caring and inclusive society through better understanding of mental, emotional and physical aspects of design.  

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Love of Community, Pecha Kucha

| 2022 | Organised by Community X

In this Pecha Kucha organised by Community X, together with other community designers and thought leaders, Trecia shared about building a more resilient society through community design and leveraging on the love of community to address both local and global issues in a post-pandemic world.


Ar. You Ready? Young Architects Workshop

| 2022 | Organised by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Young Architects League (YAL)

Young Architects Workshop (YAW) is curated by SIA YAL to bridge the transition between academia and the industry. In this workshop, Trecia together with Jul and Alvin from Prose Architects and Josiah from DP Architects share their thoughts on the topic of 'Competitions'.


Confessions of an Arki Grad: My Mental Health and My Purpose

| 2021 | Organised by United Architects Philippines Graduate Auxiliary – Manilla Chapter

This series of webinars served to increase its members’ awareness of mental health upon graduation, especially during the pandemic times.


Mind + Space: Mental Well-Being & Space Series

| 2021 | Organised by United Architects Philippines Quezon City Saga Chapter

Trecia’s sharing, titled “Architecture for Humanity: Human-Centred Design” touched on processes, impact and innovative solutions that have been integrated in our various projects to design for users’ well-being.


Participatory Design + its emotional impact on Singapore and South East Asian Communities

| 2021 | Organised by DesignSingaporeCouncil and supported by National Design Centre

A sharing on how empathy is design solution’s forgotten formula and the journey of evoking emotions in communities through participatory design in both Singapore and South East Asia.

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| 2020 | A forum organised by Young Architects Studio

A discussion on the relevance of role of Architects as part of the Archifest 2020 theme, 'Architecture Saving OUR world'

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Why Volunteering is not Enough?

| 2020 | Organised by NGO Youth for Education, Indonesia

A virtual sharing on the works of WeCreate studio and a discussion on the need for NGO to be self-dependent.

BATAM Talk in Sei Bedok, Indonesia

Development Strategic Plan in Sei Beduk, Indonesia

| 2020 | A forum to discuss with the Batam community on the business, technology, together with Architecture, Design and the Arts for the development of Sei Beduk district.

Regional Connect, Shaping the Future, the Power of ASEAN Community

Regional Connect, Shaping the Future, the Power of ASEAN Community.

| 2019 | A forum to discuss on a collaborative future for the ASEAN community and how the Public sectors, Small-medium-enterprises (SME) can all contribute.

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Master's Tea Series: 'IN CONVERSATION' with Ms Trecia Lim

| 2019 | Organised by College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT), NUS 

A talk with the students from NUS on Architecture and Community space design and the experience of volunteering in less privileged and rural communities.

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| 2019 | As part of Singapore Design Week, a talk with a theme 'THE OTHER SIDE', shares about the need for collaboration and broadens the discussion to complementary fields of expertise and also focusing on the multifaceted routes taken by architects and designers in pursuits of a Successful Careers and Creative Balance.


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Singapore Design Week 2023, Singapore

| 2023 | FI&LD Exhibition, Hello Empathy

An exhibition offering a new philosophy in inclusive design, based in play and improvisation. Featuring some examples in environments, graphics, products, services, and experiences.


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| 2022 | 'Good Design Research, Hello Empathy

Good Design Research is an initiative launched by DesignSingapore Council to support designers in their efforts to tackle some of Singapore’s biggest challenges, from sustainability to pandemic-induced issues. The exhibition showcases the various research projects, including our research on hello empathy - a conversation card game that spreads awareness on the autism community.

2020 Archifest Exhibition

Archifest 2020 Exhibition, Singapore

| 2020 | 'Architecture Saving OUR World', The Learning Village

A working exhibition with the Karen Community in Myanmar that showcases a process-driven architectural design and planning that uncover latent community needs and empowering the communities.

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| 2018 | Design for Resilience

An exhibition that focuses on resilient architecture and sustainable materials for disaster-struck locations.


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Spirit of Enterprise, Neo Startup Award

| 2023 | ISOE organises the Spirit of Enterprise (SOE) Awards annually to honour and recognise local business entrepreneurs’ achievements. In 2023, Trecia was honoured the Neo Startup Award which is given out to entrepreneurs from promising start-up enterprises. 

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Cubes: Issue 104, When Good Design Is Not Enough

| 2023 | In this issue of Cubes, Trecia shares her thoughts on how designers can possibly consider the needs and experiences of all in our built environment and how spaces can be created to be not just aesthetically pleasing but also truly liveable for everyone.


Rice Media: What It Takes to Design a Loveable Singapore

| 2023 | In this feature, Trecia shares that the key to designing an inclusive city lies with first having the mindfulness to look inward and self-reflect, to identify the gaps that exist between people different from us, to then learn from them and involve them in the design process, and thus, further developing the empathy required to bridge gaps among the communities we’re designing for.

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| 2023 | Press Release: Construction for Char Yong Association's 65 million dollars Dabu Ke Ju Building to commence, construction set to be completed by the end of 2024. The Dabu Ke Ju Building project is a collaboration with Prose Architects.


South China Morning Post: How designers in Singapore are applying their skills to solve pressing problems, from tackling the waste crisis to serving marginalised communities

| 2023 | Trecia shares on our research and product design project 'Hello Empathy' which aims to foster a greater understanding of people with autism as well as their challenges and needs.


A+: Meet The Architects Tackling Social Inequities With Their Blueprints

| 2022 | Along with other architects, Trecia shares what it takes to impact overseas communities and the challenges added due to pandemic. 

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CNA 938: Asia First - with Arnold Gay and Yasmin Jonkers

| 2022 | Trecia comments on the article 'At 6pm, it feels like it’s lunchtime': Low pay, long hours driving away Singapore's young architect hopefuls' by Cheryl Lin from CNA.

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CNA 938: The "XX" Files - with Yasmin Jonkers

| 2022 | Trecia shares about her journey as an architect and what it means to design for social good.

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The Straits Times: Learning centre at The Majestic to help seniors avoid scam menace, apply technology in their daily lives The Straits Times webpage, President Halimah Yacob's Post

| 2022 |  Launched by RSVP Singapore, in partnership with Singapore Pools and CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the Majestic Smart Seniors Applied Learning Centre (MSSALC) provides a safe and welcoming space to bridge seniors and technology. MSSALC is a collaboration between WeCreate Studio and Participate in Design.

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早报 (ZAOBAO sg): 芽笼买地建会所茶阳两年后迁新居 (Char Yong (Dabu) Organisation's mixed-use development to move in 2 years) webpage

| 2022 |  Our project is featured on ZAOBAO Singapore! Covering an area of 1,700 square meters, the multiple trajectories of the seven-storey development not only considers wellbeing and economic design, but most importantly, it remains true to the heritage of Hakka culture. Upon purchasing the permanent site in August 2020, the Char Yong Foundation (CYF) commissioned the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) to host an open design competition on 28 December of the same year, to select the design that best meets the requirements in two stages. Attracting 88 entries and further undergoing a rigorous evaluation in Stage Two, our design, in a collaboration with PROSE Architects, was awarded the winning entry in September 2021. For Stage Two, we tackled the various design trajectories that compliment, if not transcend, architectural excellence as it is typically practised. 

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早报 (ZAOBAO sg): 为下一场瘟疫做好准备 (Preparing for the next pandemic) webpage

| 2020 | A press mention as part of the list of events for the Archifest 2020 Festival on how we can prepare for the next plague from the design perspective.

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D + A magazine Design & Architecture webpage

| 2020 | 'Because I Can'

A featured article that shared how Ar. Trecia chose the road less travelled.

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