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Founders

Founder

Karen Tan

is grateful that she was given the chance to create the award-winning Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore. This first Pocket Project involved a successful regeneration and repositioning of a “run-down” but charming street in Geylang, resulting in rental uplift of 4-5x and capital value increase. Her involvement from start to finish includes delivery of conceptualisation/design, to development management, through to initial lease-up and content programming. In her past life, she worked in an urban regeneration developer in London, and has extensive experience in real estate investment banking at Citigroup, London. In her days of youth, she started off studying Architecture at the University of Melbourne, but ended up getting a BSc in Economics and a Masters in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics. She likes architecture, art and nice people.

Co-founder

Blaise Trigg-Smith

is excited to have found a way to combine her skills (investment & finance), degrees (urban design & economics) and passions (design & regeneration). She has broad experience masterplanning, structuring, funding & design-developing urban regeneration projects from the London 2012 Olympic Athletes Village to various East and South London regeneration partnerships and large scale mixed use projects in Jakarta. She, too, in her past life worked in the same said developer in London, and has extensive experience in real estate investment banking at Citigroup in London and New York. She completed her first degree in Mathematics at Dartmouth, and began her development career following a MSc in Urban Design & Economics from the London School of Economics. She likes beautiful things and interesting places and people.

Urban Planner

Sharon Tan

Before co-founding and managing Singapore’s only independent cinema, Sharon previously practiced as an urban planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the land use planning and conservation authority of Singapore. She completed her BSc in Urban Planning and MSc in Urban Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Planning in London. Her current dual role as urban planner in Pocket Projects and General Manager of The Projector marries two of her greatest loves – cities and films.

 

Pocket Projects Founders

Sharon Tan, Karen Tan, Blaise Trigg-Smith (at The Projector)