Trecia Lim grew up in Singapore in the 1980s, in one of the last few kampungs in Changi, amidst the backdrop of a developing cosmopolitan country. She remembers the strong “Kampung Spirit” or “Gotong Royong” among the families living next to hers. At the age of 19, she started backpacking around the world, including many parts of Asia. She was very touched by the resilience of the people she came across as they battled their day-to-day hardships.
During her more than 10 years in the design and construction field in the corporate sector in Singapore and Australia, Trecia formed the belief that design goes beyond aesthetics and that a thoughtful and sensible design process can address critical social needs. In 2017, this design philosophy and her memories of the underprivileged communities she had met led her to embark on a journey to use architecture as a tool to improve human lives.
Trecia believes in the usage of natural building materials for long-term sustainability of building and communities thus taking up the following certifications:
Certification in Advanced Permaculture Design course, from the Philippines Permaculture Association
Certification in Natural Building Course, from the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Education Center, Thailand
Certification in Basic Bamboo Building Course, from the Cabiokid Foundation, Philippines
To design more meaningfully for communities, Trecia also took up a Certification in Universal Design Assessors, from Singapore Building and Construction Authority and an accreditation with International WELL Building Institute as a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP).
Trecia is a registered Architect with the Singapore Board of Architects and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She is also an accredited Design for Safety Professional with the Ministry of Manpower and certified in Supervision of Construction Works for WSH (WP02-PR-303E-1), from the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications.