Jia-Ping Lee

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Place plays a vital role in forming identity and a sense of belonging. Healthy, peaceful places go a long way towards shaping healthy people and communities.


As part of the urban regeneration team of Think City, Jia-Ping has been driving the rejuvenation of Kuala Lumpur's heritage core. She also seeks to develop strong partnerships that will contribute towards the creation of better places. She specializes in connecting people and joining random dots to create and ensure delivery of relevant and meaningful urban programs.

Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Think City
PlacemakingX Role(s)
Senior Advisor
Regional Leader
Transformative Agenda Focus
Architecture & Planning
Sustainability & Resilience
Equity & Inclusion

Placemaking is...

...the art of creating places that draw people to idle, to have fun, to people watch, to earn a living, to form friendships and build bonds either with people, animals or nature.

First placemaking encounter

Think City had an MOU with PPS and I had the good fortune to do a place game with Cynthia Nikitin.

Favorite childhood place

The local swimming club

Favorite Place

The local coffee shop. Any place where there is a clean beach with white sand and clear water.

Fun Fact

I love feeding people


Kebun-Kebun Bangsar
Jia-Ping Lee championed a community activist within the local council to build a community urban farm on public land. The community farm, called Kebun Kebun Bangsar, has since garnered a huge following leading to spin off projects in other communities.

Arts on the Move
Championing a performance and visual arts program in a transit station to democratize the arts.

Key messages

Let's collaborate!