Hun Lin Neo
Senior Architect, RAIA
MArch, BArch Design (RMIT)
“I like to think big. My focus is on long-term objectives and outcomes. They are the ones that will create new connections, bring new meanings and promote a sense of community.”
Neo is an innovative all-rounder with almost a decade’s experience masterplanning and designing seniors living communities, multi-residential and mixed-use precincts across Australia and New Zealand. As a project architect he helps design and deliver diverse projects spanning residential aged care facilities, integrated retirement villages, community centres, independent living units and assisted living apartments.
Meticulous, pragmatic and calm under pressure, Neo oversees design output for key projects in our Seniors Living & Care sector, often while leading a project. He’s masterful at conceptualising and visualising spaces for clients and manifesting their ideas into reality.
Remarkably, Neo’s been leading design and construction teams since his early teens. As a boy scout in Malaysia, his training in survival skills included not only designing and building furniture and structures from available materials like bamboo, mangrove logs and jute, but sourcing, cutting and transporting them to site and managing the project finances. (Tough crowd!) By 16 he was leading design teams in competitions and camps, where he once made 16 gadgets in one night, and was subsequently awarded Malaysia’s King Scout Award. He’s still got the certificate signed by the King himself.
Clearly architecture, curiosity and problem-solving run in his veins. From a family of engineers and entrepreneurs, Neo is inspired by constraints, from topography to typology. He’s forever pushing himself to master new skills and knowledge, and he strives for projects with big ideas, rich narratives and a strong conceptual framework. But like many of our designers, his commitment to the Seniors Living and Care sector is also deeply personal. His mum’s negative experience in care has made him passionate about creating the best possible spaces in service of the best quality of life.