Jocelyn stumbled into architecture by chance. While growing up, her community and building projects to Yunnan and Chiang Mai inspired her to empower neglected communities and improve livelihoods through architecture. Beyond the aesthetics, she is a firm believer in people-centric design through crowdsourcing and ground-up initiatives.

 

After graduating with a Masters of Architecture in NUS, her professional experience in design, planning and project management saw the completion of notable projects such as PLQ Office Tower and Camden Medical Centre.

 

In her personal capacity, she has also been involved in community and building works, like bringing awareness to Sex Workers on the importance of protection in Xi Shuang Bana and designing a Wellness Centre for the Women’s Alliance at Nubra Valley in Ladakh India to provide jobs for women.

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Jocelyn Chen
Project Architect

More recently, she also served as the Case Management Lead as part of a ground-up initiative called Project Providence (PP), and worked closely with a network of NGOs and government agencies to assist foreign workers in Singapore. PP was awarded the Organisation of Good (Special Commendations) Award in the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2020 ceremony.

On an average day she can be found dancing Zumba or (in better times), hiking the trails of undiscovered paths. For now, she is enjoying her new found COVID hobbies like adopting a permaculture mindset in gardening and landscaping to growing a SCOBY hotel.

 

As "serendipity" has led her to her passion and calling, she hopes that her aspirations to empower communities and transform societies through architecture will eventually be realised.