Dr Regina Mapua Lim

BFA, BID, BArch, Dip Arch, MA, PhD
Associate lecturer, Joint Centre for Urban Design (JCUD)


After graduation, Regina established a design practice in the Philippines working on projects in Southeast Asia. As a design professional with a background in the visual and fine arts, product design and architecture, she has worked on projects covering a wide and diverse field, all of them commonly requiring the skills of good, rational and highly creative design solutions. Despite winning multiple design awards, there remained the nagging concern for socially responsible design over the aesthetically driven design criteria which led to academic explorations in the field of vernacular architecture, traditional settlements and development.

The research field opened up opportunities to analyse built environments in the context of cultural sustainability and development in Bhutan and Burma; Philippine cultural identity and traditional settlement in development and how a nation comes to terms with cultural diversity. Working with diverse cultures provided the opportunity to use more exploratory research methods in the oral and visual field using videos, oral records, moving pictures and still imagery.

This wide ranging global experience informs her teaching; developing a keen interest in qualitative research methods covering the equally broad topics of culture, identity and development. Regina has been educated in the Philippines, the United States of America and the United Kingdom receiving her Bachelors degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her DipArch, MA and PhD from Oxford Brookes University. She has lectured at Brown University, RISD, UCL and continues to contribute to seminars and workshops held in various academic institutions in the Philippines.