Circular Design Foundation

Offered by School of Design & Environment

Short Course / 1 Day / TGS-2024043389 / 7.5 hours

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

Course Information

This one-day course introduces participants to the world of circular design. Learners will gain knowledge and practical skills to create sustainable solutions, products and services. The course enables learners to explore sustainable design principles, innovative earning models and critical strategies for transformation. The principles, potential and impact of circular design are made tangible through real-life case studies, engaging hands-on activities and dynamic group discussions. Learners will discover actionable tools to implement sustainable strategies effectively. By understanding the principles of circular design and sustainable innovation, participants will be able to help their organisations to take steps towards a sustainable future.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Creating awareness to why sustainability matters for an organisation
  2. Develop knowledge on the key principles and potentials of Circular Economy
  3. Introduction to Circular Business Models & Design Strategies
  4. Application of Circular Design through real-world Case Studies


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

This course focused on providing actionable understanding and overview of circular design and sustainable innovation. Thus, they are best understood through direct application in real-life context. For the assessment, each group will choose one of the proposed challenges and work on it during the course. This will help them to apply the frameworks and tools that are illustrated.

As part of their assessment, each group will do a final presentation of their crafted circular ambition and value proposition. Via this approach, learners will be able to demonstrate their application of the tools and techniques taught. This is the best way to assessing the learners’ level of understanding and overall learning outcome.


Course Run 1 Date: 27 Jun 2024
Course Run 1 Application Period: TBC
Duration: 1 Day
Time: 0900 – 1730
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Run 2 Date:  15 Aug 2024
Course Run 2 Application Period: TBC
Duration: 1 Day
Time: 0900 – 1730
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Lesson Plan

(1) The importance of sustainability
(2) Key principles and potentials of Circular Economy
(3) Circular Business Models & Design Strategies
(4) Application of Circular Design through real-world Case Studies
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
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

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

GST Increment in 2024
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Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fees$490.50
Singaporeans aged below 40, Singapore Permanent Residents & LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$147.15
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$57.15
Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents & LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$57.15