JUROR 2014

Patrick Chia

Founder and Director, Squeeze Design
Founding Director, Design Incubation Centre,
National University of Singapore


Born in Singapore and studied Industrial Design in Australia, Patrick Chia’s designs has been exhibited and represented by galleries in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Since 2002, he has collaborated extensively with the Japanese company Time and Style. In 2006, Patrick Chia was awarded The Best Breakthrough Acts by the influential international design magazine, Wallpaper*, during its 2006 Annual Design Awards.

Patrick has been appointed Jury member for various competitions and awards such as the Red Dot Design Awards, James Dyson Award and the Singapore Furniture Award. He is a member of the Design Advisory Panel as well as the International Advisory Committee for the Singapore Furniture Industries Council.

Patrick has been the founding director of the Design Incubation Centre (DIC), National University of Singapore, since 2006. The DIC was recently voted by Surface Asia magazine as one of the most progressive design laboratories in Asia Pacific. Under his direction, the DIC has conducted design research and investigations into new tools and processes that explore and expand new possibilities for the design practice in Singapore.

Projects developed by the DIC have been published extensively in design journals and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the AMC Siggraph. The collection of table top objects developed by the centre under the d.lab brand has been represented by major galleries and retailers around the world and was awarded the Design of the Year at the 2010 President's Design Award.

In 2013, Design Incubator: A Prototype for New Design written by Patrick was published by Laurence King Publishing, UK.

Patrick received the Designer of the Year Award at the President's Design Award 2013 for his body of work, which includes his practice, research and teaching.