Following his studies, Mark Wong pursued other passions in Singapore’s civil society and public service, before joining RSP in 2011. Since then, he has put his organisation and design skills to good use by melding varying interests and ideas through a wide-ranging portfolio of work.
These include small exhibition installations and interior fit-out, to large infrastructural and residential developments, such as the expansion of Changi Airport Terminal 1, and Cairnhill Nine & Ascott Orchard. As a member of a design team, he has been involved in countless design competition bids, for which some have emerged triumphant against steep competitions such as Gombak Camp Redevelopment and Mandai Redevelopment.
Mark believes that no task is too small to apply the most rigorous processes of design and critical thinking – questioning every assumption and commonly held convention to ensure that the brief, context, and users are understood thoroughly, so that the design solutions always address every need and aspiration fundamentally, meaningfully, and aesthetically.
He also advocates investing and empowering people’s voices so that everyone can bring their history, abilities, and talents to the table, whether they are clients, consultants, contractors, or colleagues. While he deeply respects every individual, Mark does not believe any single person is God’s gift to humanity. Instead, he believes the most successful works are those that harness and acknowledge the contributions of diverse people. Mark is therefore at his best when he brings out the best in others.