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Raffles Creative Practitioners

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International Creative Practitioners

Our educators are more than just teachers. They are creative practitioners and experts in their own professions. Collectively, their diverse backgrounds and wealth of cultural and industry knowledge translate into an added learning advantage for our students.

Their commitment to impart their knowledge and skills to our students of different nationalities, creates an environment which is rich in creativity and innovation. This conducive learning environment will broaden students’ perspectives, enhance adaptability and enrich their personal growth.

The Academic and Examination Board is the primary academic governance body within Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE).

The Academic and Examination Board members will be expected to have experiences that will contribute to RCHE’s ability to develop within the education community upholding academic freedom, quality and integrity in its Learning and Teaching Courses and in its scholarly activities. They shall also be responsible for all the assessments at RCHE.

Mr. Hector Arturo SALAZAR NAVARRETE

Chair

Programme Director

3D Design

Ms. Queenie CHAN

Vice-Chair

Programme Director

English Language Programme

Mr. ONG Kai How

Member

Management Representative & Manager

Mr. Giuseppe (Joe) SPINELLI

Member

Principal & Programme Director

Fashion Design,
Fashion Marketing and Management

Ms. Rosa Liane DA SILVA LOPES

Member

Programme Director

Interior Design

Mr. Terrence CHONG

Member

Programme Director

Visual Communication

Mr. Jay QUEK Hong Pern

Member

Creative Practitioner

Fashion Design

Ms. Sandra TJIA Fei Ling

Member

Senior Lecturer

Jewellery Design

Admissions Committees, which are sub-committees of the Academic Board, are formed for each course to consider all applications for admissions. The Admissions Committee shall evaluate the applications and make the admission decision for the RCHE award courses.

Ms. Queenie CHAN

Chair

Programme Director

English Language Programme

Mr. ONG Kai How

Member

Management Representative & Manager

Ms. Rosa Liane DA SILVA LOPES

Member

Programme Director

Interior Design

Mr. Terrence CHONG

Member

Programme Director

Visual Communication

The Academic Board has formed a Dissertation Committee to consider all academic aspects of the dissertations or major projects applicable to students in the degree courses. The Committee shall review and approve the title and nature of each dissertation topic and assign an appropriate teacher to supervise the student for the project.

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Chairman
Raffles University System

Dr Alana JAMES

Assistant Professor, Northumbria School of Design
Northumbria University Newcastle


Dr James is an experienced fashion designer, educator and researcher focused on creating sustainable change in the future of the fashion industry. She believes that garments should not be beautiful at the expense of people and the planet and through innovative design approaches aims to embed responsible values throughout the fashion product lifecycle.

From a research perspective Dr James engages in challenge-led investigations that reflect contemporary societal issues. From an educational perspective she encourages students to think differently, creating ambitious sustainable solutions.

Approaching complex issues from a multi-stakeholder approach, her strengths include engaging with fashion consumers and applying design strategies to encourage small shifts in behaviour towards large-scale sustainable change.

Dr James’ research explores responsible social and environmental practices in the fashion supply chain from a design perspective. Working closely with key stakeholders, in particular fashion consumers and brands, her work investigates how a collaborative approach can aid in moving the industry forward to a more sustainable future.

Since the publication of her PhD in 2015, entitled Influencing Ethical Fashion Purchasing Behaviour, lines of inquiry have continued to explore the diverse approaches possible in the implementation of sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Examples include: utilising zero-waste pattern cutting methods to lead the creative design process, engaging fashion consumers in a transparent business model, the inclusion of people in the product lifecycle in the consideration of ethics, the role of consumers and retailers in the application of sustainable values in fashion, how higher education contextualises sustainability as a key design tool and the challenges facing the adoption of circular principles in fashion.

Dr Keith WINTER

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture & Visual Arts
School of Architecture, Computing And Engineering
University of East London


Dr Keith Winter is the Leader of the Visual Arts at UEL including Fine Art, Photography, Graphics, Illustration, MFA and Prof Doc. He is also the leader for both BA (Hons) Interior Design and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture at UEL

Keith has worked in small, medium and large practices throughout the UK and Ireland. He was part of the team for the Scottish Parliament by Enric Miralles in 2005. He designed a wedding palace tower in Moscow and masterplanned Leith Waterfront in Edinburgh for RMJM in 2006. With Edge Design Workshop EDW he designed a £15m Container project, and an £18m Data Centre and was on the team that installed a 1960s Futuro House on the roof of Central Saint Martins (featured in the Evening Standard, Timeout Magazine, Guardian). He has designed and detailed a number of private residences. He has been an ARB-qualified architect since 2008 and consulted on many design projects with firms such as CSK Architects, White Ink Architects, Clarkes Facades and McKinsey Group with Bershka Clothing. In 2015 he designed and oversaw the refurbishment of the prestigious UCL Art Museum in the Grade 1 listed building on Gower Street. He is currently designing and building a future sustainable city with his experimental studio Yeah Totally Ltd.

He has taught and lectured in many Universities around the world including Tokyo University of the Arts GEIDAI, NZU, RCA, ECA, UU and UCL. In 2013 he published the ‘Handyman Aesthetic’ for his PhD in philosophy, architecture and sculpture. He co-founded Allotrope Press in 2011 with Emma Dwan O’Reilly. He has shown artwork internationally around the world under the name Keef Winter including co-representing the Northern Irish Pavilion Venice Biennial in 2016. He is represented by Galeria Breve in Mexico City and had a recent solo presentation in Galeria BOCA in September 2023.

Upcoming/ recent shows include Composting for the Future, VOID Gallery, L’Derry March 2024; ‘sky every day’, with Richard Serra, N. Dash, Christine Corday, curated by B.Barretts Projects, projects+gallery, St Louis; Mahler Lewitt Residency, Spoleto, ‘Can’t Help It’ (solo) at Black Tower Projects, London; ‘Pre-Fix’, Northern Ireland Pavilion, Sella Del Giardini, Venice; ‘No Regrets’ (solo), Galeria Breve, Mexico City.

He has toured the UK, Europe, Japan and Mexico with his musical collaborations Tracer AMC, and Not Squares and played Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and recorded numerous BBC sessions including Maida Vale Studios in 2009 for Huw Stephens.

Dr Nina Hansopaheluwakan

Associate Professor in Design
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Sydney


Nina Hansopaheluwakan Edward is an Associate Professor in Design at the University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She teaches interaction design and visual communication units in the Bachelor of Design and Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts. Nina is passionate about the exploration and influence of digital interactive design, social design, semiotics, visual communication, human-centred, service design and interdisciplinary.

For over 18 years, Nina has taught in Visual Communication and Digital Interactive Design areas across Australia, the United Kingdom and Indonesia. Throughout her academic experience, she has held various leadership roles including Postgraduate Taught Director, Programme Leader, Global Collaboration Coordinator, International Short Course Program Director, Study Abroad Coordinator and Faculty Graduate Exhibition Coordinator. Nina is the Managing Editor for an international peer-reviewed journal, Information Design Journal published by John Benjamins Publishing, based in Amsterdam. She is also appointed as an External Examiner for BA (Hons) Digital Media at Coventry University in the UK, Egypt, Singapore and Malaysia.

Pauline Amphlett

External Examiner Mentor
University of Derby


She has been a design educator for 38 years and has extensive experience of working in the HE sector in the UK and has international experience of working and teaching in China and has worked as an external examiner and sat on a number of validation and periodic review panels across the sector in the UK.

Through her freelance business she aims to engage, inspire and motivate her clients with her specialist interest in applying social media, applying her knowledge of sustainability, recycling, packaging design, branding and design ethics to all aspects of her career throughout the UK

Magistrate (Justice of the Peace) North East Wales, Parish Councillor, Problem Solver, Graphic Designer/Photographer/Art Director with specialist interests in branding and packaging design using sustainable materials that are eco friendly to the planet.

English Language Programme

Ms. Queenie CHAN

Programme Director

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Master of Arts (Honours)

Mr. David DESROCHES

Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Master of Science in Anthropology

Ms. June HO Ching Yee

Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Master of Business Administration

Mr. Celester GONH

Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Diploma in Music and Audio Technology


Fashion Design Programme

Mr. Giuseppe (Joe) SPINELLI

Principal & Programme Director

Ms. Swee WONG

Programme Coordinator

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Graduate Diploma in Education Leadership and Management

Mr. Jay QUEK

Programme Coordinator

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion

Ms. Madeleine WONG

Programme Coordinator

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion


Fashion Marketing Programme

Ms. Anisa Sia JOHNNY

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Fashion Marketing
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economic and Social History

Ms. Joyce LAI

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Fashion Marketing
Qualification: Bachelor of Science in Business and Management Studies (Marketing)


Interior Design Programme

Ms. Rosa Liane DA SILVA LOPES

Programme Director

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Diploma of Applied Arts (Interior Design)

Dr. YURDAKUL Toker Cagil

Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Phd in History of Art

Mr. Carlo JOSON

Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Master of Arts in Urban Design


Jewellery Design Programme

Ms. Sandra TJIA

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Jewellery Design
Qualification: Master of Education (Curriculum & Teaching)


Product Design Programme

Mr. Hector Arturo SALAZAR NAVARRETE

Programme Director

Expertise: 3D Design
Qualification: Bachelor in Industrial Design


Visual Communication Programme

Mr. Terrence CHONG

Programme Director

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts

Ms. Paola Andrea Gonzalez OSORIO

Lecturer

Expertise: Animation
Qualification: 

Mr. Muhammad Syahmi bin Mohd Azlan

Lecturer

Expertise: Animation
Qualification: 

Ms. LAI Fong Meng (Pat)

Lecturer

Expertise: Graphic Design
Qualification: 

Fashion Design Programme

Ms. Steffie SETIAWAN

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

Ms. Jenny WONG Swee Nal

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Associate Diploma in Fashion Design

Ms. NG Yan Ling

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Fashion Design
Qualification: Bachelor in Fashion Design, Bachelor in Business Marketing


Interior Design Programme

Ms. OI Way Lee

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Master of Commerce

Mr. Obispo Aljohn GONZALES

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Mr. LIEW Tuin Lay (Jack)

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Ms. Basak YUKSEL BALAKRISHNAN

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Master of Science in Interior Design

Mr. Ng Weng Chuen (Richard)

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts

Ms. Cindy ANG Beng Choo

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Master Degree in Design

Mr. LEE Hon Ming (Hugh)

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Interior Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Business in Convention & Event Management


Product Design Programme

Mr. Rohan Rajiv Mathur

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Product Design
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Product Design


Visual Communication Programme

Mr. HENG Jin Wei, Luke

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Master of Arts Fine Arts

Mr. Michael LOO Gim Hwei

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor Degree in Interactive Media Design

Mr. Woo Huey Yong

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor of  Applied Arts in Animation

Ms. SOH Qiu Ling

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor of Graphic Design

Ms. Cherine LIM Seok Bee

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Graphic Design

Mr. Leonard WEE Chong Wee

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in Illustration

Mr. Geoffrey CHIA Jia Shen

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: master of Commerce (Major Design Management)

Mr. Christopher BONG Siew Hua

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Master of Science in Computer Science

Mr. CHAO Yibo (Uri)

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Visual Communication
Qualification: Masters degree in Fine Arts


English Language Programme

Ms. Harpreet KAUR

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Dr. SNG Bee Bee

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Doctor of Education

Ms. Renajit Kaur

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

Mr. Lim Chong Siang (Jason)

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: English Language Programme
Qualification: Bachelor of Art Education