Gibert&Tan Design Studio

Gibert&Tan Design Studio


  • Practice: Gibert&Tan Design Studios
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  • Firm Location: Kuala Lumpur
  • Country: Singapore
  • Year: 2012

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Michael Gibert

GIBERT was born in 1976 in Burgundy, France, and has lived in France, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. He was awarded a full academic scholarship and studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University (Delft, Netherlands) before to receive his architecture license in 2003 at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Malaquais (Paris, France). He is a member of the French Board of Architects since 2007 and has completed his PhD in 2021 at Universiti Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). His research interests include Japanese architecture history and theory with an emphasis on the context of the early 1970s and conceptual shifts that introduced various Japanese movements Post-Metabolism. He has gained over 20 years a broad range of experiences leading projects of varying scales and typologies from residential, retail and conservation projects in France, Japan, China, Russia and Malaysia. He previously worked at Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates in Tokyo and Will Alsop Architects in London prior to set up the Kuala Lumpur branch for AlsopArchitects in 2008. In 2012 he founded GIBERT&TAN and since he has been leading all design and research works of the firm.

Tan Seok Foong

TAN was born in 1981 in Malaysia. Her interest in design was shaped by repeated travels in South-East Asia during her youth. She studied design in Kuala Lumpur and received her Bachelor of Design before to receive her Master of Development Administration and Planning at the University College London. She has worked since in several multinational companies in Malaysia engaging successfully with public and private sector clients. She has substantial experience of management and strategic development in Malaysia and overseas. In 2012 she co-founded GIBERT&TAN and since concentrates on the long term growth of the firm.

Practice Ideology

GIBERT&TAN is an incorporated architecture, planning, interior and design studio directed by Michael Gibert & Tan Seok Foong. The studio was founded on the premise that a small but expert group of individuals can deliver outstanding buildings. Our prism is in a permanent search for accurate interaction with the present, attentive and non-arrogant, with collaboration standing at the core of our methodology. Our interest does range from the pragmatic to the poetic and we endeavour to bring these conditions together to truly impact those who experience our works in real-time.

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