News / April 2017
Wednesday 1 March 2017
Introducing Karen Tham

“Urban planning and the public realm are not only important in helping make a city unique, they also help make it liveable and enjoyable for residents and visitors. Urban centres offer so much potential for designers and architects, we just need to unlock it,” says recently appointed HASSELL Principal Karen Tham.

Karen, who will be based in our Singapore studio, joins HASSELL after ten years with AECOM Singapore, where she was most recently Regional Director for Master Planning.

With more than 25 years’ experience in architecture and planning working in the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore, Karen’s portfolio includes a wide range of projects across architecture, urban planning, and public realm. 

Karen began her career in the USA working on award-winning projects, including San Francisco’s Embarcadero Centre Cinema and the Irvington Community Centre in Fremont, before moving to Hong Kong to work at HOK International and EDAW Hong Kong. In 2007, she established the first South East Asia office for EDAW/AECOM in Singapore, as the firm’s Director of Operations.

Most recently Karen has worked on master planning and design projects in South East Asia, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore, including the Jurong Innovation District master plan and the award-winning Singapore Sports Hub, the Tanjong Puteri Waterfront Development in Malaysia, the Bali Turtle Island Resort Master Plan, the West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong, and Dilmunia Health Island in Bahrain.

Karen is a member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects and former Vice President of the Singapore Institute of Planners. She is also a Certified Green Mark Manager (Singapore) and USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. 

“I am an advocate for sustainable design solutions, having been involved in projects that achieved Singapore Green Mark accreditation and USGBC LEED accreditation, and I’m looking forward to working with the international HASSELL team to attain these outcomes in current and future projects,” says Karen.



_Bahrain Dilmunia Health Island – AECOM and Ithmaar Development Company 

_Bahrain Dilmunia Health Island – AECOM and Ithmaar Development Company 

_Singapore Sports Hub – AECOM 

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