Mark joined the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) as Executive Director on 14 May 2018. He leads the Council in driving and implementing national policies on design as Dsg continues on its Design 2025 journey—which is to make Singapore an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city, by design.
A design veteran with wide industry connections, Mark has brought the work of the Council to the attention of global design leaders via platforms such as Brainstorm Design, Milan Design Week and the International Architecture Exhibition (La Biennale di Venezia). This has laid the groundwork for the Council’s upcoming plans to grow the Singapore Design Brand more aggressively overseas.
A respected experience designer, Mark is frequently invited to speak at design events. He aims to use these opportunities to deepen the conversation on defining good design for the Singapore context. Before joining Dsg, Mark led the Experience Design practice at ONG&ONG, the design group’s innovation and strategy arm, alongside founding his own award-winning architectural practice ANNEX A.
Mark is a design thinking pioneer in Singapore, having designed award-winning innovative experiences for the public and private sector. He has redefined user experiences for clients such as the Housing & Development Board, Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Stock Exchange, FRANK by OCBC, and Sentosa, alongside many others.
An award-winning architect, Mark was recognised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2017 as the top 20 Under 45 architects in Singapore that would define the next generation. He also represented Singapore at the 2008 La Biennale di Venezia.
A keen educator, he has taught a wide range of design subjects from architecture and interior design, to most recently teaching digital innovation and service design at NUS Institute of Systems Science.
Mark is passionate about how good design is key to shaping more desirable products, services, and places for people, and how it is increasingly being seen as an effective tool for social change. His book Let’s Experience Design! is available in most major physical and online bookstores.