Having been recently appointed as the CEO of DP Architects, Ms Angelene Chan is the only female CEO out of the top five architecture firms in Singapore. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and first worked at the Canberra office of Woods Bagot for three years before moving to Singapore to join DP Architects.
She jointly headed the retail team that was working in Suntec City and ten years on, she became the director of DP Architects. Following, she won the pitch to design The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall covering 34ha and the 6.5 billion integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa. She firmly believes that driving inspirational and world-class design as the first and most important value is key, especially important when it comes to making a mark globally. For that to happen, she aims to enhance and empower DP Architects greatest asset, the team. Only with that, can they scale new heights. A two-time winner of the prestigious President’s Design Award – first in 2009 for the Republic Polytechnic campus designed in partnership with Japan’s Fumihiko Mari, and in 2015 for the Sunray Woodcraft Construction headquarters in Sungei Kadut, Angelene Chan is also the honorary secretary of Dover Park Hospice.
Named one of 20 leading Singapore architects under the age of 45 in 2010 by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), her next dream would be to design a winery. 2013 was an emotional year for her as she finally became a Singapore citizen and also got promoted to being the deputy CEO of DP Architects. Three years on and she ascended to the CEO seat.
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Angelene never expected to be chosen as the Woman of the Year, and told us all at the press conference this morning that she was so surprised when she got the call in April to say that she had won. She said: “I love architecture and being able to do what I love is already a blessing in itself”. Talking about her architecture firm, she actually wishes to share this award with all the females in the office – those who are wives, mothers, daughters and career women all rolled into one. “They motivate, support and inspire each other to pursue their passion for architecture and realise their individual dreams”. Angelene herself is a CEO, wife, mother and daughter, and she finds the time to dedicate herself to both her work life and her home life, a life-balance many struggle with to get right. She said, so poignantly, that for her “the most meaningful thing I can do with my time on Earth is to nurture, to give and to reciprocate love”. What a beautiful sentiment to live by.