Adib Jalal is a design curator, urban activator and writer with an interest in design, cities, place, community, family and food. Most of his time and work is a continued exploration of turning urban and domestic spaces into meaningful and memorable places.

He is currently the Creative Director of placemaking studio, Shophouse & Co and previously served as the Festival Director of Archifest, Singapore’s annual festival of ideas for the city in 2012 and 2013. Adib also co-founded a journal about Asian cities called FIVEFOOTWAY in 2007.

Beyond his placemaking work, Adib occasionally writes for design publications such as Singapore Architect, Art4d and CUBES and is also a design mentor and educator. His work has been featured in various publications including Monocle Magazine and he has been invited to present at prestigious events including the Kaohsiung Design Festival, the Venice Architectural Biennale and the World Architecture Festival.

Other than exploring cities, he loves creating things with words and lego, football, lightsabers and doing nothing.



as at October 2014


  • May 2014 - Present // Shophouse & Co, Director
  • May 2012 - April 2014 // Temasek Polytechnic Design School, Lecturer
  • 2012, 2013 // Archifest, Festival Director
  • Feb 2011 - May 2012 // Independent Creative Consultant
  • August 2007 - Feb 2011 // FARM, Senior Designer
  • May 2007 - May 2014 // FIVEFOOTWAY Magazine, Co-founder/Editor


  • Teaching in Higher Education Certificate (THEC), Temasek Polytechnic Learning Academy, 2013
  • B.A (Arch) (Hons) -National University of Singapore, 2007
  • A Levels - Temasek Junior College, 2000

SELECTED INVITATIONS - Presentations & Exhibitions

  • City Curator, Creative(c)ities, Kaohsiung Design Festival 2013
  • Creative Mornings (Singapore),  Topic: Urbanism. Oct 2013.
  • Pecha Kucha, World Architecture Festival, 2012
  • Presenter, Young Architect’s League, YAL Mash-up, Singapore, November 2011
  • Invited Content Curator, The Canvas Project , National Art Gallery (Singapore) January - May 2011
  • Presenter, Pameran Nasional Arsitek Muda, Indonesia,  June 2010
  • Presenter. Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, September 2008
  • Invited participant. “Cityscapers: By The Throat” by The British Council, Edinburgh, April 2008
  • Presenter, Rojak 10, City Hall, Singapore, December 2007


  • Jury, The Substation x MINUS Competition, Singapore, May 2012
  • Moderator. Young Architect’s League, YAL Mash-up 2, Singapore, February 2012
  • Moderator, Young Architect’s League, Emerging Voices Series, Singapore, November 2011
  • Facilitator. JTC-Re:act, I-cube design workshop,  April 2011
  • Guest Critic. Design My Place workshop, Singapore, December 2010
  • Organising Committee. mAAN*Y 2010, Singapore, June 2010
  • Facilitator. Challenge for Built Environment, Singapore, March 2009