Ed Chew is a registered architect with the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM) currently dividing his time between practice and teaching. He teaches both architecture and urban design at Taylor’s University, continually seeking to merge the two bodies of knowledge. His interest focuses on exploring ways in which the principles of “making architecture” can be emplaced into the practice of placemaking.

His main area of interest is in the principles of community place-making; exploring the nature and meaning of place. His other areas of interest are: Tectonic Thinking - Where Making is Part of Designing; Role of Educational Institutions as Catalysts for Urban Regeneration and Growth; Architecture of the Third Age - Creating Places for Active Third Age Communities; and Upcycled Architecture - The Art of Using (and Re-using) Recycled and Reclaimed Materials to Create Architectural Space.

In 2011, Ed Chew gained international recognition by winning the Grand Jury Prize in an international lighting competition organized by Inhabitat.com and Philips USA. His 2015 entry to the UNESCO Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition was among the fifteen entries out of 1,070 design proposals from 117 countries, selected to grace the exhibition hall of the Garden of Babur, Afghanistan.