CIRCO Circular Design in Action

Offered by School of Design & Environment

Short Course / 3 Days / TGS-2024043286 / 21 hours

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Course Fees

Course Information

Accelerate your business’s transition to a circular economy with this hands-on Circular Design Sprint. The circular economy is a transformative approach to sustainability. It aims to move away from the traditional linear “take-make-waste” model and instead focuses on keeping resources in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value, and minimising waste and environmental impact.

The 3-day design sprint is based on the academic framework (CIRCO) developed by the Technical University, Delft, the Netherlands. The programme equips participants with actionable frameworks and tools to reimagine products, services, and processes in a sustainable way.

The sprint format provides a supportive environment for participants to explore circular design strategies and business models relevant to their own organisation and co-create innovative solutions. Under the guidance of industry experts, real-life business challenges are explored and concrete steps for new circular initiatives are mapped out. 

Join us to unlock impactful business opportunities and create innovative sustainable solutions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Creating awareness to why sustainability matters for an organisation
  2. Overview of key principles and potentials of the Circular Economy
  3. Value destruction of the linear value chain
  4. Circular Business Models
  5. Circular Design Strategies
  6. Application of Circular Design through real-world Case Studies
  7. Road mapping for implementation and transformation


Group project (Candidates will be grouped into teams to complete the project).

This course is focused on providing actionable frameworks and can be best understood through their application in real-life context.

For the assessment, learners can either use their own business challenge or choose one of the proposed challenges. In groups, learners will work on these challenges throughout the training. This will enable them to apply the frameworks and tools shared during the course.

After completing the project, all groups will need to do a presentation of their crafted circular ambition and value proposition. Via the presentation, learners will demonstrate their application of the tools and technique taught. Each group can use the Circular Business Canvas, Implementation Roadmap or any other relevant templates and presentation material developed during the course to share their work.  This is the best approach to assess learners understanding and overall learning outcome.


Course Run 1 Date: 22, 23 & 25 Jul 2024
Course Run 1 Application Period: TBC
Duration: 3 days
Time: 0900 – 1700
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Run 2 Date:  9, 10 & 12 Sep 2024
Course Run 2 Application Period: TBC
Duration: 3 days
Time: 0900 – 1700
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Lesson Plan

Day 1

(1) The importance of sustainability
(2) Key principles and potentials of Circular Economy
(3) Value destruction of the linear value chain
(4) Identifying Transformation Opportunities and Crafting of a Circular Ambition

Day 2

(5) Circular Business Models
(6) Application of Circular Business Models through real-world Case Studies
(7) Circular Design Strategies
(8) Application of Circular Design Strategies through real-world Case Studies

Day 3

(9) Strategies for Circular Transformation
(10) Case study and application session 1
(11) Road mapping for implementation and transformation
(12) Case study and application session 2
Project Presentation

Trainer's Profile

John Chan

Design Director (Chemistry)

John is a master at his craft. With meticulous attention he applies his knowledge at both levels of detailed user experience design as well as on a strategic systems level.

His reasoned approach also gives him a tremendous ability to manage complex stakeholders, and help resolve conflicting challenges with deft gracefulness.

In the mental health space, John lead the team working closely with MOHT to uncover new user centric features for based on insights gathered from youth. Leveraging on this, he lead the facilitation of a strategic visioning workshop with stakeholders of the mental health ecosystem to arrive at systemic opportunities to transform the model of care for youth and adolescents journeys towards mental health and wellbeing.

In 2021, he was the project lead for the Founders’ Memorial, working to define a future vision of the visitor experience for a landmark memorial commemorating Singapore’s founders. The work involved integrating the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team spanning New York to Tokyo.

Previous projects include working with SAA Architects on strategic future visioning of both Woodlands Health Campus’ Experience Blueprint for both patient and staff as well as HealthCity Novena’s master plan for 2030 and beyond.

As a founding trainer for CIRCO Hub Singapore and appointed Training Associate with the Civil Service College, John has 100s of hours of training experience for both the public as well as the private sector on design and innovation. He is also a ACLP certified trainer for Adult Education.

Theresa Chua

Theresa is a design enthusiast with a passion for empowering people through thoughtful design. 

With a background in architecture, Theresa spent five years in the public service refining her skills in urban design, public policy, placemaking and stakeholder management. Notably, driven by a people-centric approach, she transformed Car-Free Sundays at Telok Ayer, quadrupling participation through stakeholder consultation workshops. She excels at balancing user and organisational needs, exemplified by her work on national-level design guidelines. For her role in innovating towards the milestone conservation of Golden Mile Complex in, Theresa earned the URA Game Changer Award in 2022.

Currently, she delivers human-centered and impact-driven projects at Chemistry, driving consultancies that balance complex stakeholder networks, regulatory considerations and business objectives. More recently, she led the consultancy for employee engagement and workplace transformation for the Ministry of National Development, and also guided key aspects of the service experience strategy of Singapore's first assisted living facility at Parry Avenue.

As a certified CIRCO trainer, Theresa has strong experience in bridging the theories of circular economy into practice with her fashion label Dear Samfu, where she makes contemporary clothing from surplus fabrics, undertaking a planet-centric approach to tackle systemic issues of fashion waste and labour exploitation. 

Course Fees

SkillsFuture Credit
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Enhanced training support for SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) holders, please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

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Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fees$1362.50
Singaporeans aged below 40, Singapore Permanent Residents & LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$408.75
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$158.75
Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents & LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$158.75