Centre for Asian Art and Design


Our People

Director of CAAD

Peer Mohideen Sathikh

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Peer Sathikh is presently Associate Professor at the School of Art Design and Media (ADM). Peer obtained a Master of Design (MDesRCA) in industrial design from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London and a Master of Design in product design from Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded the Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship to study at RCA. While at RCA, Peer won the Thorn EMI Award for his project on air travel and won the first International Student Internship Award from Sony to work at the Sony Design Centre in Tokyo. 

In 1996 Peer co-founded Inovasia Design in Singapore. Peer has won several awards for work done as design consultant at Inovasia, such as the Good Design Award 2004 from the Chicago Athaenuem, USA and the Singapore Design Award.Peer is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Product Design and Innovation Course at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore and the member of the Advisory Committee for the Industrial Design Course at the Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore.

Past President of the Designers Association Singapore (DAS), Peer is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Product Design and Management Association (PDMA), USA and the Design Research Society (DRS), UK. He has been invited/guest speaker at design and product development conferences in Singapore, Japan and India, where he has given key note addresses and presented papers on the subject of design, design culture and branding.


Advisor to CAAD

Chen Shen


Chen Shen is Vice President World Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum responsible for collection and research in arts and archaeology around the World. Dr. Shen joined the ROM in 1997 as the first Bishop White Curator of Eastern Asian Archaeology, and become the Bishop White Chair of East Asian in 2010. Shen began his archaeological fieldwork in China in 1984, followed by excavations in the U.S. and Canada. Currently he leads several projects in Palaeolithic archaeology in northern China, and his works include the World Heritage Site – the Zhoukoudian site in Beijing. His research focuses on human origins in East Asia, as well as material cultures in Early China. As a museum curator, Dr. Shen is responsible for the ROM's Chinese collection, galleries and exhibition. Dr. Shen has curated many exhibitions at the ROM, including 2002's critically acclaimed Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan, and most recent successful The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army, responsible for developing the contents of the exhibition 2010-2011 Canadian tour, and most recently the Forbidden City: Inside Court of China's Emperor 2014 – 15. Dr. Shen has also been integral in fostering working relationships between the ROM and numerous renowned museums in China, including the Palace Museum and the National Museum of China (both in Beijing), and Nanjing Museum (Jiangsu Province). 


Dr. Shen is also a professor in the Anthropology Department and in the Eastern Asian Study Department at the University of Toronto. He is also an Academic Trustee member at the Archaeological Institute of American, the North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

Gül İnanç

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Gül İnanç is a lecturer at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She holds a PhD in modern history from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey) in Second World War US Diplomacy. She has written three books and published various articles on West Asian diplomatic history. Her recent work focuses mostly on intercultural education for peace and conflict resolution, and education of global cultural heritage for primary/secondary schools. Her current projects include creating student activity books/animated films/story books/board games promoting global cultural heritage, investigating ways to offer university education for the youth of refugee camps and deciphering the codes of contemporary Islamic art in the interfaith contexts of the 21st century .

Kwok Kian Woon


Kwok Kian Woon (Ph.D, University of California at Berkeley) is Associate Professor, Associate Chair (Academic) and Head, Division of Sociology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU. His teaching and research interests relate to the historical and comparative understanding of modern social transformation and contemporary social change. 


He was a Fellow in the Asia Leadership Program in Japan since 1996 and a recipient of the Fulbright Research Grant at Harvard University in 1998. He is actively involved in civil society and the public sector, including as Honorary Chairman, National Archives of Singapore, Past President, Singapore Heritage Society, Member of the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Art Museum Board, Member of the Steering Committee on the National Art Gallery (and Chairman of its Museological Advisory Group), and Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Singapore Biennale 2006.


Kirti Trivedi


Kirti Trivedi is a Professor at the Industrial Design Centre,Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. After obtaining a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, he did postgraduate studies in Industrial Design from IIT, Bombay and the Royal College of Art, London.

In 1981, he worked as a UNESCO Fellow in Japan, under the guidance of Prof. Kohei Sugiura, and was introduced by him to the intellectual depth and the richness of Asian Design. Trivedi also pioneered India's first Master's Degree Programme in Visual Communication that year. He has since been engaged in research and documentation of the classical design traditions of India since 1984, with several publications on Indian Design Traditions.

Besides teaching and carrying out design research, he is active as a design consultant in the areas of graphic design, book design, exhibition and museum design, environmental graphics, signage and product design, with numerous publications and awards both nationally and internationally.


Vibeke Sorensen


Vibeke Sorensen is a Professor and artist working in film, video, digital multimedia and computer animation, interactive architectural installation, and visual-music performance. Her work in experimental new media spans three decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and on the internet. Her work combines documentary photography/film, ethnography, and architecture using hybrid physical-digital systems. She has a background in historic preservation for the State of New York, USA and has worked to integrate cultural preservation into new media development, and vis versa. She has a long history of collaboration with scientists and engineers, as well as with artists and designers, in developing new technologies that are multicultural and interdisciplinary, including at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California (USC), and Princeton University. Her research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, the USC Annenberg Center for Communication and Zumberge Fund for Innovation in Research, as well as Intel Corporation. She is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia. Currently, she is a Professor and Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.