Management Team

Tay Chok Leng, Tiger
Tay Chok Leng, TigerPrincipal

Mr Tay is the Founder of Inspiration Design International School since 1989.

He is a distinction graduate with both Rhodec International in United Kingdom and the University of Canberra’s Bachelor, Australia majored in Applied Science in Environmental Design (Interior Design Specialisation).

He has over 28 years of professional experience in the environmental design industry and has worked on environmental design which includes landscaping, architecture, prestigious commercial and residential projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and China.

Since 2004, Mr Tay has been a judge for the installations at the annual International Furniture Fair in Singapore and Career Fair. He is also a regular public speaker in environmental design seminars in Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

As the School Principal and Design Director, Mr Tay teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects. He also institutes quality assurance on all teaching practices in the school.

Robin Ho Kwok Seng
Robin Ho Kwok SengVice Principal, Academic Services

Mr Robin Ho received his first academic qualification from National University of Singapore majored in Social Science and and further graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK with a Masters of Business Administration (Financial Studies).

An experienced people developer and business development professional, Robin specialises in relationship-building, communications and training.

His latest endeavour involved working on a social enterprise project to provide low-cost, high-value, motivational and enrichment learning opportunities for underprivileged and under-achieving youths.

He has diverse industry experiences which include Education (Private & Public Schools), Design (Interior & Graphic), E-Learning (K-12), Workplace Safety & Health (Marine, Oil & Gas, Construction), Spa & Beauty, Sports and Fitness, Security & Surveillance, Manpower & Recruitment, Pharmaceutical, as well as Seminars and Events Management.

Robin is most passionate about Human Relations, Health, Fitness and Learning.

He is the Vice-Principal in the Academic Services of Inspiration Design International School and he teaches Design Communications.

Jean Chua Wen Yu
Jean Chua Wen YuDirector, Corporate Services

Jean Chua is the co-founder and director of Inspiration Design International School. She has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the Corporate Services. She oversees the efficient workflow of the Corporate Services which includes of maintaining strong client relations, establishing the professionalism within the organisation, and administration procedures.

Jean Chua plays a vital role in the organisation by sustaining strong client relations in the region’s of creative design industry.

Such relationship provides Inspiration students and graduates with the opportunities for real life learning experiences during their course of learning which prepares them to achieving a higher academic qualification overseas.

Jean was intimately involved in the planning, organisation and implementation of further career advancement for Inspiration’s students and graduates. This initiative has allowed Inspiration’s students and graduates to be assured in the revolutionising Creative Design Industry.

Academic & Examination Board

The Academic Board is the principal policy-making and advisory body on all matters relating to and affecting the School’s teaching, research and educational programmes. It presides over strategic planning and management processes and thus upholds academic quality and integrity, determining the educational character and mission of the school.

To ensure that academic standards and fair practices set by the Academic Board are rigorously maintained, the Examination Board takes responsibility for the development, proper implementation and review of all examination and assessment procedures.

The Academic and Examination Board meets at regularly scheduled intervals or when necessary to discuss and implement any issues brought to its attention.

Tay Chok Leng, Tiger
Tay Chok Leng, TigerPrincipal

Mr Tay is the Founder of Inspiration Design International School since 1989.

He is a distinction graduate with both Rhodec International in United Kingdom and the University of Canberra’s Bachelor, Australia majored in Applied Science in Environmental Design (Interior Design Specialisation).

He has over 28 years of professional experience in the environmental design industry and has worked on environmental design which includes landscaping, architecture, prestigious commercial and residential projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and China.

Since 2004, Mr Tay has been a judge for the installations at the annual International Furniture Fair in Singapore and Career Fair. He is also a regular public speaker in environmental design seminars in Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

As the School Principal and Design Director, Mr Tay teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects. He also institutes quality assurance on all teaching practices in the school.

Robin Ho Kwok Seng
Robin Ho Kwok SengVice Principal, Academic Services

Mr Robin Ho received his first academic qualification from National University of Singapore majored in Social Science and and further graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK with a Masters of Business Administration (Financial Studies).

An experienced people developer and business development professional, Robin specialises in relationship-building, communications and training.

His latest endeavour involved working on a social enterprise project to provide low-cost, high-value, motivational and enrichment learning opportunities for underprivileged and under-achieving youths.

He has diverse industry experiences which include Education (Private & Public Schools), Design (Interior & Graphic), E-Learning (K-12), Workplace Safety & Health (Marine, Oil & Gas, Construction), Spa & Beauty, Sports and Fitness, Security & Surveillance, Manpower & Recruitment, Pharmaceutical, as well as Seminars and Events Management.

Robin is most passionate about Human Relations, Health, Fitness and Learning.

He is the Vice-Principal in the Academic Services of Inspiration Design International School and he teaches Design Communications.

Chong Huai Seng
Chong Huai SengMember

Mr Chong Huai Seng graduated from the University of Manchester with first class honours in Polymer Physics in 1973.

Mr Chong is currently a Director of Renate Kant Asia Pte Ltd, an art conservation studio that provides conservation and restoration services to the fine arts industry.

He is also a Director of Leading HR Pte Ltd and an Independent Director of Catalist-listed Plato Capital Ltd.

Mr Chong previously served as a Senior Officer with the Economic Development Board of Singapore for two years before joining the financial services sector in 1979, where he was the Managing Director of Vickers da Costa Securities and John Govett Asia for ten years from 1984 to 1994.

Mr Chong was the Managing Director of Sesdaq-listed Pan Pacific Public Company Ltd. between 1994 and 1997 and was the Vice Chairman and substantial shareholder of Panpac Media Ltd. from 1998 to 2003.

Dr Christopher Sear
Dr Christopher SearMember

Dr Christopher Sear holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in the Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Masters and Doctoral degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, UK. He is also a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

His career spans academic research and teaching, the creation and management of research teams in the pharmaceutical industry, and the commercial development of biomedical products and services. In addition to R&D, Dr Sear has developed skills in team-building, man-management and process standardisation through documentation and quality assurance.

In 2004, Dr Sear worked with A*STAR to complete the design, construction and start-up of the Biological Resource Centre as a biomedical hub in Biopolis, Singapore. In 2006, he conceived the need for a National Breeding Centre for research animals – to further support the burgeoning biomedical sector in Singapore – and subsequently gained Ministerial approval for the design and construction of this very specialised facility. Dr Sear over-saw the project from concept design to hand-over, and operationalised the installation as its first Managing Director.

In 2016, Dr Sear joined CCTech, a UK consultancy specialising in the design and development of highly-regulated biomedical facilities for British universities and industry. His specialism is the translation of scientific requirements and aspirations into refurbishment, new-build and enhancement projects for biomedical laboratories that are efficient, future-proof and cost-effective.

Tham Heng Mun
Tham Heng MunMember

Mr Tham Heng Mun graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours.

He has 36 years of working experience with the Port of Singapore Corporation (PSA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as Director (Corporate Services) and Deputy Director (Port Division). His experience is in marine policy matters, economic planning, shipping and maritime matters, port management, port development and policy analysis.

Having vast experience in the dealings of regional and international groupings such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Asia Pacific Economic Comission (APEC), ASEAN Port Association (APA), International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA), International Port and Harbours and the Asia Pacific Economic Forum, Mr Tham specialises in imparting communication skills to students.

Mr Tham teaches Design Communications.

Tan Yew Yaw
Tan Yew YawMember

Mr Tan Yew Yaw (Jim) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) from the National University of Singapore in 1996 before obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from Deakin University, Australia in 2001.

He has over 16 years of design and consultancy experience in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects in Singapore and China. In 2005, Jim spent a year designing and developing resorts in Mi Yun, Beijing and Yang Shuo, Guilin. From 2009 to 2011, he worked in the Singapore branch of China’s Jing Ye Engineering Corporation on Resort World Singapore and Universal Studio Singapore, managing 28 Theming NSC packages and contracts.

Having designed, developed, constructed, and managed close to 20 local construction projects, Jim has an excellent understanding of the contribution regulations and the by-laws of Singapore.

A specialist in many Construction and Building software and solutions, Jim is much sought after for Building Information Management (BIM) consultancy, solutions, and training, For the past 10 years, he has provided BIM consultancy and training for various organisations in Singapore, China, Brunei, including MediaCorp, Singapore Polytechnic, Chengdu Architectural Design & Research Institute, and Brunei’s Public Work Development.

Anthony Chia
Anthony ChiaMember

Mr Chia is a versatile manager and trainer experienced with domains like government, transportation, broadcasting, marketing and InfoTech.

At the Port of Singapore (PSA), Mr Chia developed computer systems. Before that he headed the Human Resources and Training Departments and personally conducted courses in Creative Thinking, Quality Circles and Port Management.

At MediaCorp Singapore Mr Chia, as Head of News, pivoted to the pacier CNN style, with more “live” coverage and direct reporting. As the first CEO of Radio, he made it profitable by drawing in 50% more advertising. He also personally conducted Creative Thinking workshops for his radio staff.

He was a pioneer of Cable TV in Singapore and the Asia Business News channel (now part of CNBC Asia). He worked at the C-level with multimedia companies like Pacific Internet, 1-Net Singapore, MNC Indonesia (JSX: MNCN) and Linktone Ltd (NASDAQ: LTON).

Mr Chia has a Masters degree (Civil Engineering) from MIT (USA). He was also a Colombo Plan scholar and scored double Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering (Hons I) and Economics from Newcastle (Australia). He was a part-time tutor for both universities for 4 years.

Ho Ai Ling
Ho Ai LingMember

Ms Ailing Ho is a qualified architect who has managed a variety of residential, commercial, institutional, and landscape projects ranging up over $51 million in value. She has also been involved in the project team of the high-end luxurious residential-resort developments overseas as well as a government hospital in Singapore.

She graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the National University of Singapore and a Masters in Sustainable Building Design with the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Singapore BCA Academy.

Ms Ho has a keen interest in the field of Environmental Design and has been registered with the Board of Architects since 2003.

Academic Members & Lecturers

Tay Chok Leng, Design Director
Bach. App. Sc. Env. Des.

MR. Tay is the Design Director of Inspiration Design International School since 1989. He is a distinction graduate with both Rhodec International in United Kingdom and the University of Canberra’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design (Interior Design Specialisation).

He has over 25 years of professional experience in the design industry and has worked on prestigious commercial and residential projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and China.

Since 2004, Mr Tay has been a judge for the installations at the annual International Furniture Fair in Singapore and Career Fair. He is also a regular public speaker at design seminars in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

As the School Principal and Design Director, Mr Tay teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects. He also institutes quality assurance on all teaching practices in the school.

Robin Ho Kwok Seng, Senior Studio Manager
MBA (Financial Studies)

MR. Robin Ho graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK with a Masters of Business Administration (Financial Studies).

An experienced people developer and business development professional, Robin specialises in relationship-building, communications and training.

His latest endeavour involved working on a social enterprise project to provide low-cost, high-value, motivational and enrichment learning opportunities for underprivileged and under-achieving youths.

He has diverse industry experiences which include Education (Private & Public Schools), Design (Interior & Graphic), E-Learning (K-12), Workplace Safety & Health (Marine, Oil & Gas, Construction), Sports and Fitness, Security & Surveillance, Manpower & Recruitment, Pharmaceutical, as well as Seminars and Events Management. Robin is most passionate about Human Relations, Health, Fitness and Learning.

He is the Vice-Principal (Academic) of Inspiration Design International School and he teaches Design Communications.

Au Yonh Haw San Deborah, Senior Studio Manager
BEng (Electrical, 1st Class), M.S.Logistics, M.Ind.Engr, M.Soc.Sc.(Eco.)

MS. Haw-San Au-Yong (or San, as she prefers to be called) has an interesting and varied background. Trained in various engineering disciplines, she also pursued degree in economics.

San worked 9.5 years in several multinational corporations, handling warehousing, transportation and process-redesign projects in the Asia-Pacific region. She managed the scoping, design, proposal and implementation stages of projects, before handing it off to the local operations team.

One of her major projects was setting up a bid-management process the Asia-Pacific region, so RFQs of different types can be turned around faster, with well-defined timelines and clear responsibilities.

Subsequently, in late-2012, San went on to start her own company helping her clients create functional residential, commercial and industrial spaces with efficient work flow and storage spaces. She has a keen analytical eye in identifying inefficient processes and believes that well-designed processes is the key to greater profitability and competitive advantage.

San has been featured or quoted in TV programs, newspapers and magazines on about 25 occasions since 2013. She holds 3 Masters degrees, upgrades herself constantly by reading up on behavioural psychology, and does keyboard recordings for a recording studio during her free time.

San teaches Design Communications.

Javin Soh, Senior Studio Manager
Master of Architecture (NUS), Bach. of Arts in Architecture (Hons)

Driven by passion towards the arts, I constantly expose myself in relevant fields, ranging from fine arts, installation arts, graphics design, interior architecture and architecture, to gain various insights.

Architecture can be dissected for analysis and what comes out is the fruit of conceptualisation. I am driven by being keen to design exploration, towards intention of characterizing spaces with developed conceptual thoughts, letting it define its final form and look to its intended content for verification, leaving users with memorable spatial experiences.

With devotion for Architecture, I love working with people, specially with people towards the same passion. Together, I strongly believe this is the formula for design of the future.

Suzanne Wong, Studio Manager
Specialist Dip. in Building Information Modelling (BIM), Bach of Arts (Design)

Ms. Wong has over 20 years of experience in Interior Design – holding both a Diploma in Interior Design from CAA and a Bachelors of Art from Curtin University.

Ms. Wong has worked on a multitude of projects on Hospitality, Residential, Office, and Retail – such as Holiday Inn Express, Novotel at The Pines, Orchard Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Show Units for Palmerah Apartment, Terrace House at Greenwood Crescent, Condominium Units at Clementi Woods, Deutsche Bank, Orang Tua Head Office, Cortina, Bezel, Capitol Orchard, and may more.

Kar Cher, Studio Manager
Masters of Architecture, Bach. of Arts (Architecture)

After working 3 years as an Architect, Kar Cher set up his own practice, e35 pte ltd in 2005. For the past 15 years, Kar Cher have immerse, in joy and pain, in more than 200 projects – varying from residential, commercial, institutional, and exhibitions.

Coming from a home of entrepreneurs, Kar Cher’s spirit of exploration has spurred him to start a board game cafe in 2007, an events company in 2010, a student acre centre in 2016, and an e-commerce store in 2019.

Kar Cher started teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2014 and the American University of Phnom Penh in 2016. Through the interactions with the younger generations, Kar Cher is motivated and inspired to explore ideas in the field of design. Kar Cher felt that IDIS opens an opportunity for him to get in touch with a spectrum of people, and for a great exchange of skills and knowledge.

Szczepaniak Paulina Maria, Studio Manager
Bach.Mgt., Dipl.ID.

MS. Szczepaniak Paulina Maria graduated in 2010 with BA in enterprise management from Warsaw Higher School of Management.

She had spent over 20 years in the Fashion Industry before moving on to pursue a professional career in Interior Design in 2014. Paulina has travelled widely and also studied at the prestigious Instituto Marangoni Milano before deciding to settle in Singapore. Paulina has brought an international flavour to her projects in Singapore which have included Residential and Commercial projects.

Paulina teaches Design Communications and across all spectrum of the curriculum based on her experience and live projects.

Eldred Quek, Studio Manager
BA. Archi (Hons)

MR. Eldred Quek graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture (Hons.), as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

These experiences has exposed his knowledge to the different disciplines of both Architecture and Engineering. Mr Eldred Quek is able to combine the aspects of Science and Design to the fullness of their functions, bringing out the best of both worlds when it comes to Design thinking and practices.

He is passionate, driven and possesses great knowledge and expertise. Mr Eldred Quek has been a Designer and Project Manager for architectural and interior projects with a combined experiences of more than 6 and a half years.

Kelvin Tan, Studio Manager
BA. ID.

MR. Kelvin Tan graduated with an Honours in Interior Design from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. He has more than nine (9) years of design experience in providing advises in both Residential and Commercial Interior Design fields. Mr Kelvin Tan possessed a wide spectrum in design studio knowledge and is constantly on the loop of the the revolutionising Creative Industry. He is a vibrant individual with a strong passion for making a positive impact in the design scene and in the lives of others.

Mr Kelvin Tan is also as avid cyclist and he believe in always moving forward with an endurance and steadfast attitude mind set, and he always bring life experiences in design to all his students.

Mr Tan teaches mainly Design Studio 1, 2, 3 and 4; Construction 1, 2 and 3; Colour Concept and Design; Computer Aided Design 1; Digital Imaging 2; Design Fundamental; Interior Design 1 , 2, 3 and 4; Design Practice Management.

Jayden Sim, Studio Manager
M. ID.

Mr. Jayden Sim graduated from The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK with a Masters of Design in Interior Design.

Upon attaining a scholarship for the Masters Programme, Mr Sim topped an international cohort with his research project and achieved the meritorious Chairman’s Medal of that year. With adequate amount of experiences in multiple design projects, he believes in pushing the boundaries to reach new pinnacles in the discipline.

Mr Sim teaches mainly Design Studio 1, 2, 3 and 4; Construction 1, 2 and 3; Colour Concept and Design; Computer Aided Design 1; Digital Imaging 2; Design Fundamental; Interior Design 1 , 2, 3 and 4; Design Practice Management.

Margaret Goh Aik Suan, Studio Manager
BA. ID.

MS. Margaret Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

She has been a professional interior designer for more than 10 years and has worked on local and international projects for companies like NOL, APL, American Eagle Tanker, DBS Office Towers, Sun Microsystem, PWC and Philip Electrical.

Margaret’s range of design experiences span both the residential and commercial projects, with her specialty being banks and office designs.

Margaret teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on her experience and live projects.

Corrine Seng, Studio Manager
Dip. in Interior Design (Dist)

Ms. Seng has been doing designing since 1997 for both national and international organisations. Some of her latest projects includes Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Singapore Island Country Club, Alexandra Hospital, Capella Sentosa, National University Hospital, Singapore, The Cathay and many more.

Ms. Seng has also been part of the brewery scene and has worked with companies such as Martell, Hennessy, Remy Martin, Asia Pacific Brewery, Budweiser, and Singha.

Chong Yoke Heng, Studio Manager
Dipl. Animation, Adv. Dipl. ID.

MR. Edwin Chong graduated with a Diploma in Animation in 2011.

Edwin has a great interest in design and build, and architecture construction projects since getting involved in Interior Design projects in 2013.

His work ranges from retail, to F&B and commercials projects. His clients include a local Burger franchise in Surabaya Indonesia, a Mega Korean-themed mall supermarket in Bangkok Thailand as well as the office space for Japanese gaming giant, Bandai Namco.

Edwin is also part of a niche pool of Interior Designers in Singapore who provide design consultancy for cinemas.

Edwin teaches Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Design.

Mink Tan Tek Min, Studio Manager
Bach. Arch.

MR. Mink Tan graduated in Architecture from the University of Sydney before commencing on his architectural training and setting up his own practice in 1999. He is a registered chartered architect in Sydney and Singapore and specializes in innovative architecture and progressive interiors.

Mink and his team have worked a portfolio of projects that include 5-star hotels, luxury residences, resorts and F&B outlets for clients including the Fullerton Hotel Group, Fraser Hospitality and the Far East Organization.

Mink teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects.

Khairuzamani Bin Mohamed Noor, Studio Manager
Adv. Dipl ID., Dipl. Engr.

MR. Khairuzamani graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Inspiration Design International School. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of Architecture and Interior Design. He was trained in Queensland University of Technology, University of Western Australia as well as Singapore Polytechnic.

A passionate designer, Khairu creates innovative, intricate and contemporary design works for commercial, hospitality, institutional and residential projects.

Khairu is also a talented photographer that has been commissioned numerous times to capture the artistic styles of architecture and interior photography. His photography has been showcased on both local and international magazines.

Khairu teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects.

Toh Wee Liang, Studio Manager
Dipl. ID.

MR. William Toh graduated from Inspiration Design International School with a Diploma in Interior Design.

William has more than 9 Years Worked experience in the field of interior Design.

Since graduation, William has worked in various interior design fields. His passion leads him to accomplish various projects in the field of residential, retail, hospitality, offices, P.O.P, product, packaging design and many more. He is also a trained ICE EDGE software user & designer.

He believes that a designer must not only be passionate about designing, but also have excellent analysis skill, be hardworking, understand people and never stops exploring.

William teaches across all spectrum of the curriculum based on his experience and live projects.

Tham Heng Mun, Studio Manager
B. Soc. Sc.

MR. Tham Heng Mun graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours.

He has 36 years of working experience with the Port of Singapore Corporation (PSA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as Director (Corporate Services) and Deputy Director (Port Division). His experience is in marine policy matters, economic planning, shipping and maritime matters, port management, port development and policy analysis.

Having vast experience in the dealings of regional and international groupings such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Asia Pacific Economic Comission (APEC), ASEAN Port Association (APA), International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA), International Port and Harbours and the Asia Pacific Economic Forum, Mr Tham specialises in imparting communication skills to students.

Mr Tham teaches Design Communications.

Chua Swee Tian Adrian, Studio Manager
Dipl. Product. Des.

MR. Adrian believes that all designers design experiences above all, and good design should be timeless. Since graduating with a diploma with Merit from Temasek Polytechnic, Adrian has worked hard and rose through the ranks handling numerous local and overseas projects.

Adrian’s experience as a furniture designer gave him the foundation edge when it comes to crafting design that works. From pen to panel, design must execute well as well as achieving its objectives at the same time.

Adrian teaches Design Studio, Digital Imaging, Computer Aided Design and Design Practice management.