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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

  Appointment: DIRECTOR
  Office: SDE1-04-15
  Tel: (65) 6516 6405
  Fax: (65) 6774 8684
  Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Dr. Lai Choo MALONE-LEE is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. She is a researcher on urban issues, with specific interest in urban sustainability, particularly on its nexus with development, economic growth and city culture. She lectures and writes on issues of city densification, livability and wellbeing and their links to sustainability. Together with her research team in CSAC, she has been investigating planning strategies for sustainable growth, particularly for cities in developing countries in Asia, which are complex and challenging but which also present tremendous opportunities for growth and development. She believes that regenerative processes and ecological resource management are fundamental for our cities’ future.

Before academia, Dr. Malone-Lee worked with the Singapore government in several areas, including strategic planning and heritage conservation. With a strong background on urban public policy and governance, she contributes to policy debates on critical urban issues through several government committees and think tanks. Regionally, she is a consultant with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). She serves as a Board Member of Singapore’s National Parks Board.

  • Sustainable Cities, City Densities and Urban Form, Cities and Climate Change, Environmental Planning


  • Global Trends in Urban Planning and Urban Design, Comparative Studies, Planning and Markets


PhD (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Masters (Town & Country Planning) Syd., BSc (EstMan) Sing., MSIP

  • RE5002 Legal & Institutional Framework
  • DE5107 Environmental Planning

  • Board Member, National Parks Board, Singapore (2012-1013, 2013-2015)


  • Deputy Director (Strategic Planning), Ministry of National Development (1987 – 1989)


  • Head (Urban Conservation), Urban Redevelopment Authority (1989 – 1991)


  • Consultant to United Nations ESCAP on a project to evaluate the Eco-Efficiency of PUB’s Active Beautiful Clean Waters Program (2009-2010)


  • Consultant to United Nations ESCAP on a project to assess capacity building needs on water management for Asia and the Pacific Region, 2011 – 2013)


  • Planning and Development in Singapore commissioned by URA, 2014.


  • Consultant on the Benchmarking Study and Establishment of Guidelines for Underground Space

  • Consultant, Urban Redevelopment Authority “|How to build long-term land capacity for Singapore”, 2012- 2013


  • Executive Committee Member, Urban Land Institute, ULI South Asia Chapter. (2011-2013)


  • Faculty Lead, in the “Leaders in Urban Governance” Programme (LUGP), Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), in collaboration with the Civil Service College (2011)


  • Member, Rail Corridor Partnership (2012) under the auspices of the Ministry of National Development, Singapore


  • Member, Policy Study Group on Physical and Environmental Sustainability, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (2007 to 2009)


  • Chair, Focus Group on Review on Landed Housing in Singapore, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Ministry of National Development (2007 – 2008)


  • Member of the Sports Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (to advise on the preparation of the Sports Master Plan), appointed by the Chairman, Singapore Sports Council (2003 – 2005)


  • Planning Appeals Inspector, appointed by the Minister for National Development under Section 17 of the Planning Act to review development appeals (1992 to 1998), re-appointed 2002 for appeals against the new Singapore Master Plan.


  • Advisory Panel Member, JTC Corporation, to review industrial development policies and processes in Singapore (2001 to 2002)


  • Member, Concept Plan 2001 Focus Group, appointed by the Minister for National Development to review Singapore’s Strategic Plan, Chair of the sub-committee on Work Space Projection for development of the commercial and financial sectors.


  • Member, Planning and Design Advisory Committee for the Redevelopment of Orchard Road, Singapore Tourism Board (1999 to 2000)


  • Jury Member, Sembawang Environment Competition for Tertiary Institutions in Singapore (2004 to 2014).


  • Jury member, The Singapore Challenge, The Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS), National Research Foundation, 2013.


  • Chair, Jury Panel on Rail Corridor Ideas Competition for “Community Ownership, Pride and Sense of Wellbeing” (2012)


  • Member of the Assessment Committee for the Research Excellence Awards to Outstanding Young Academics, University of Mauritius (2010)


  • Member, Jury Panel, EU Centre (Singapore) competition on “Green Innovations: Our Future Together (2009)


  • Conferred The Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian) in the 2013 National Day Awards


  • Awarded the Japan Association for Social Informatics for “Excellent Graduate Thesis” (1998)


  • Awarded the JSPS Gold Medal (1997)


  • Awarded the RONPAKU Scholarship by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) for PhD studies at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (1992)


  • Awarded Colombo Plan Scholarship for post graduate course in Town Planning in Sydney University, Australia (1980 – 1982)

  Last Modified: 2014-12-17