MEDIA RELEASE: DesignSingapore Council Unveils First Batch of Scholarship Holders from New Scholarship Framework

Aug 7, 2018

 The Dsg Scholarship aims to nurture future design leaders with a heart to serve Singapore in the classical and emerging disciplines.


Singapore, 7 August 2018 – The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) is pleased to recognise five outstanding design talent who will be awarded the DesignSingapore Scholarship. They are Mr Shannon Teoh Yi Wen, Mr Chiam Yong Sheng Kevin, Ms Loy Kai Yi Tiffany, Mr Meyers Jacob Elias Jing-Long and Jonathan Ng Ming-En.

The scholarship holders will receive their awards from Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at the National Design Centre. Since 2005, the DesignSingapore Scholarship has been awarded to 54 scholarship holders in design disciplines such as Architecture, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Product Design, Service Design and Visual Communications.

Said Mr Mark Wee, Executive Director, Dsg, "The Council is committed to grooming design talent who have a heart for Singapore, and are able to respond to the challenges of disruptive technologies through design thinking and innovation that cuts across classical and new design disciplines. We look forward to our scholarship holders’ contributions to our nation."

Mr Shannon Teoh was one of the top graduates of his cohort for the Visual Communications and Media course at the Singapore Polytechnic. His fascination for design, particularly in East Asian regions, was sparked by a visit to the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. "I was floored by the sights, smell and incredible architecture that pushed boundaries. The Japan Pavilion especially left one of the deepest imprints," said Mr Teoh. Crediting strong national identity and stimulating ecosystem as the core of Japan’s design 2

DNA, his passion for Japanese design grew through exposure to books by Japanese designers and novelists such as Kenya Hara (Designing Design) and Junichiro Tanizaki (In Praise of Shadows). This affirmed his decision to further his education in Japan. His conviction was so strong that he embarked on Japanese language lessons five years ago to prepare himself for this journey.

Mr Kevin Chiam ignited his desire for design after stumbling upon the internal structure of a sofa which his father had dismantled to repair. His passion for industrial design motivated him to become the winner of multiple design awards in 2017. They included the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award and the Gold Award in the Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) for Product Design. He was also the NUS Valedictorian, Class of 2017 of the Division of Industrial Design. In between his accomplishments, he enjoys involving himself in projects with social elements such as designing kitchenware for the blind and walking aids to enhance senior’s mobility.

Ms Tiffany Loy is inspired by textile-making because it reflects human perceptions and attitudes. Her passion lies especially in weave because it is one of the oldest forms of textile-making which has remained resilient, relevant and essential throughout the passage of time. She was the Singaporean designer behind the Supertextures project, an international collaboration between a Singaporean company, The Rug Maker and Finnish producer, VM-Carpet. Launched in Maison & Objet Paris in 2017, the collection of woven rugs is now distributed internationally.

Mr Jacob Meyers views architecture as something larger than aesthetics. To him, it serves as a means to achieve social, cultural and economic change. Among his many academic achievements, he was also part of a group that worked on a project under the Ministry of Social and Family Development creating home interior design concepts for people with autism. Through this stint, he was exposed to designing delightful spaces through sensorial considerations such as colours and textures.

Mr Jonathan Ng was part of a team that put together Phosphene, an interactive light installation, one of the key highlights of the Singapore Night Festival 2017 presented at the National Design Centre. Phosphene was a 13m long faceted tunnel with over 1500 lights and a complex system of sensors that could track visitors’ movements within the 3

tunnel. He believes in harnessing the potential of technology to improve people’s daily lives and to enhance the interactions between people and the built environment. He gets ideas from the daily conversations he has, and the amazing stories he hears. He is also no stranger to top accolades. His awards included the Singapore Board of Architects prize, the Keppel Award of Excellence in 2018, and the MIT Club of Singapore excellence award, also in 2018.

Mr Teoh will study a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Design at Tama Art University in Japan; Mr Chiam will begin his journey on the Master of Arts, Innovation Design Engineering and Ms Loy will read the Master of Arts in Textiles, both at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom (UK). Mr Meyers will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture in the UK, while Mr Ng will embark on the Master in Architecture I programme at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the United States.

Earlier this year, the DesignSingapore Council announced a new scholarship framework that will provide designers a stronger and more holistic programme to support their careers. The framework offers career planning, mentorship, internship, and networking opportunities. The Dsg will facilitate job placements for returning scholars in companies with design and innovation capabilities, not necessarily limited to the design sector. Financial support has also been increased to cover living, travel and pre-studies allowances.

The new batch of scholarship holders will become part of the DesignSingapore Associates’ Network, where they will contribute actively to Singapore’s design scene. Through the network, they will also benefit from mentorship by past alumni of scholarship holders who have all done well upon completion of their studies. Many of them have even gone on to win local and international accolades, started their own design practices or forged successful careers in both classical and emerging design disciplines.









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Written on : 07 Aug 2018

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