Urban Renewal that Builds Place Affinity

Urban Renewal that Builds Place Affinity

Urban Renewal that Builds Place AffinityUrban Renewal that Builds Place Affinity

Urban Strategy - Conservation - Destinations

Hello, there!

We make the world around you better, one place at a time.

We are a consultancy that uses urban strategy, placebranding, conservation and placemaking to craft solutions, transforming spaces into places that build communities and most importantly, create optimum value.


What We Do

Through a human-centric and human-led ethos, we help cities and place owners build and rejuvenate areas or districts that their people can call home. We work closely with you the mayor, the city manager or the place owner to create solutions that are able to evolve through the wisdom of the actual end-users. 

  1. Place and Destination Strategies
  2. Place & Visual Communications
  3. Curation, Culture and Placemaking
  4. Rejuvenation of Heritage Areas & Buildings
  5. Cultural Districts


Shared Interests

The fusion of the Malaysian word, tempat and the Italian/Spanish word, simpatico, TEMPATICO represents "A place of shared interests”.

Tempat - A "place", a particular part of a space or an area, a particular town district or building.

Simpatico - Having or characterised by shared attributes or interests; compatible. A mutually endearing relationship. Of the same.



 Our team brings together more than 100 years of experience in place and destination strategy, placemaking, marketing, organisational transformation, design, branding and brand creation.


We'd Love to Work With You

We're based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we collaborate with a creative team of strategists, architects, urban planners, designers, community outreach managers and event managers.

People - We see the possible in impossible.


Jia-Ping LEE

Founder & Principal



“Jia-Ping helps you envision a brighter future. She makes things happen.”


Former brand and organisation culture consultant. Regular speaker at CEO and NGO meetings, and until 2016, coached SMEs on BFM 89.9 The Business Station.  

Created a destination brand in 2008 to revitalise George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Honorary Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage Trust of Malaysia) 2015 - 2019.

Created and co-curated Arts on the Move, the longest performing and visual arts programme in a Malaysian transit station.

Spearheaded the rejuvenation of Kuala Lumpur’s Heritage Core as Programme Director for Kuala Lumpur and later, Director of Partnerships at Think City. 

Working with Stipo, PlacemakingX and Project for Public Space, she led Placemaker Week ASEAN 2019 and Placemaker Awards ASEAN 2019; the first international placemaking event and awards in South East Asia.

Founding Senior Advisor and Regional Network Leader (Asia), PlacemakingX - a cooperative network initiated by a global group of urbanist leaders.

Keynote Speaker,  2019 Detroit Convention, organised by the Michigan Municipal League.

Introduced Arts for Health to Malaysia  in 2002 with funding from The British Council, Malaysia

Created the first Brand Masterclass in Malaysia for C-Suite participants

Created the Brand Strategy for Think City in 2014. Drew up the Advertising Strategy to launch Toyota Prius in Malaysia.

Guest Lecture  for 4 years (Production Management) at Sunway University College at the Department of Performance and Media


Pic source: Pop Digital


Yasmin Mokhtar

Founder & Principal


“I love to unravel the ball of yarn, organise and move things along.”

Former advertising account management lead, Yasmin has worked with global communications agency networks for more than two decades. Her experience spans creative (Interpublic Group’s FCB and McCann Worldgroup; and Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis Malaysia), media agencies (IPG Mediabrands) and brand consultants (Dentsu Aegis Network’s Merdeka LHS). She now brings her diverse experience covering multi-discipline communication and project management to the field of urban rejuvenation with Tempatico.

Yasmin’s adventures in advertising began in FCB, servicing Malaysia’s telecommunications giant, Telekom Malaysia, for six years. Her most notable campaign was ‘BlueHyppo’ - a portal launched by TMNet - involving a fully integrated campaign, which was recognised with The Best of The Best Award at the Direct Marketing Awards Malaysia 2001.

At Saatchi & Saatchi, Yasmin managed regional FMCG clients Danone (Snacks & Biscuits) and P&G (Head & Shoulders). Apart from brand and communication strategy, she developed ideas such as making Head and Shoulders ‘sexy’ and managed the process of conceptualising brand mascots (Cheezels, Chickadees) and kids’ game shows (for Danone’s Tiger Biskuat and Chipsmore).

At McCann WorldGroup Malaysia, she was Brand Director of L’Oréal (L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline), Hawley & Hazel and Nestle Milks businesses. Later, as Client Service Director she managed the efficiencies of agency operations, talent programmes, social events and represented the agency at the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia. She is especially proud of McCann’s Silver Award at the 2012 Campaign Asia Agency of the Year Awards; and the Gold Award for A&M Magazine’s 2013 Creative Agency of the Year Award.

Initiating a digital transformation for herself, in 2014 Yasmin joined IPG Mediabrands to manage the Malaysia Airlines business after the twin tragedies of MH370 and MH17. As the brand underwent restructuring in 2015, Yasmin worked closely with client and agency teams to review and implement new communication processes and reviewing job descriptions to help create a new team. 

From 2017-2018, Yasmin was Managing Partner at Merdeka LHS where she oversaw the launch of Astro’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Campaign – Born to Love Football; launched Mid Valley South Key in Johor Bahru; created new brands with clients such as Fi Life https://fi.life/ and halal cosmetic brand Binti’s https://www.facebook.com/bintisbeauty/ 

In 2019, she moved to Publicis Malaysia where she assisted in managing the Nestlé business – integrating teams and internal processes, team evaluation and revenue projection and negotiation.


Our work

Curation, Culture & Placemaking Work



As the founder of The Listening Tree and Tabs Creative Projects, Jia Ping has  designed and curated multiple programmes such as "Listen to the voice within" an award winning Arts in Education Programme for PS The Children to teach children how to protect themselves from sexual predators.

She has also conceptualised and implemented several Arts for Health programmes with Selayang & KL Hospitals working with doctors and nursing staff as well as the patients of children's wards. She also produced an Arts in Education programme with funding from The British Council called Gorgeous by Anna Furse tackling eating disorders.

In 2017  Jia Ping  c and co- curated  with Susie Kukathas, Arts on the Move (AOTM), Malaysia's longest running arts programme in a transit hub in Masjid Jamek LRT station.  And lead the creation of the WUF9 village comprising, pop up parks, micro housing installations, pop up retail and interactive experience.

Rebranding See Hoy Chan



In 2012 The Listening Tree was approached to rejuvenate the brand in order to attract young talent in their effort to expand Damanasara Uptown and transition into the retail market with the development of The Starling mall and the adjacent apartments. 

The project comprised brand strategy development inclusive of talent and customer experience mapping. 

This brand strategy became the blueprint for the their HR with regards to their talent strategy and led the organisation down a LEAN path to address issues of delivery gaps, environment sustainability and place management. The strategy also supported the design briefs for both the mall as well as the apartments.

Damanasara Uptown and the Starling is now a thriving community thanks to the enlightened leadership of See Hoy Chan.

Pic source :  www.thestarling.com.my

Place Branding: Heritage Cities


  In 2008 Khazanah Nasional’s Korridor Utara (KKU) Division approached The Listening Tree to address the challenge of the hollowing out and rapid decline of George Town on the eve of it being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

KKU had assembled a team of local and international experts comprising master planners, heritage and conservation experts, architects, economists and traffic experts to create a compelling case for the rejuvenation of George Town.  The team however lacked an agreed narrative for George Town.


Jia Ping led the team towards a brand strategy that created a cohesive narrative that united members of the team towards a singular goal of George Town reclaiming its glory as the ‘Jewel of the East’- a brand that would pivot the city from an industrial base to the next stage, one that attracts new businesses and talent alike. 

 That strategy called The George Town Transformation Programme (GTTP) was to guide the growth of George Town’s heritage core for the next 10 years starting with the formation of Think City.  

The next stage of the branding was to create, design and write a high level presentation via video and documentation to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The results:  This strategy of GTTP and its subsequent Think City Grants Programme together with a host of state  and local government interventions have catalysed the rejuvenation of George Town garnering international titles as -Top 10 Best Cities to visit by the Lonely Planet (2016) and CNN in 2019 declared it the 13 Most picturesque towns. 

Our Associates and Partners


Working with our associates creates a strong multi-disciplinary team

At Tempatico, we believe that our clients should work with senior level consulting teams. We seek out associates that are leaders in their field to ensure we deliver the best work. 

H&C Heritage Services Sdn. Bhd.

Ar Dr Helena Aman Hashim with Elizabeth Cardosa recently formed H&C Heritage Services Sdn Bhd to provide advisory and consultancy services on conservation and preservation of heritage buildings, structures and historic areas. H&C Heritage Services is committed to balancing the conservation of our heritage with the social, cultural, ecological and economic imperatives of today. Having established a reputation for high quality work with Badan Warisan Malaysia where Helena and Elizabeth were key members of the technical team since 2000, they have worked on several highly regarded conservation and restoration projects, heritage management studies, development plans and impact assessments, as well as educational and training projects promoting heritage awareness for youth and professionals alike.


2019 PAM Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Architecture (Category: Conservation); Restoration of Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman 

2018 Malaysian Institute of Planners Excellence Award GOLD; Iskandar Area Character Statement, Johor 

2017 PAM Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture (Category: Conservation); Refurbishment of Bangunan Suleiman 

2010 Award of Excellence, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation; Restoration of Stadium Merdeka


Stipo offers a window to a better city. Their values lie in long lasting quality, a strong public realm, soul of the city, and ownership. The Stipo team is an interdisciplinary team, approaching urban development as economic, social, cultural and spatial. We work in co-creation with users, investors and partners. We are open source.


Kai Assets

The success of a development project lies not only in its outstanding design, but a design that works for your business goals and gets delivered on time with no mistakes. 

At Kai Assets we endeavor to ensure that your projects receive the best out of design teams and your investments see maximum returns. In short, we are design-led yet business-minded.

Our strengths are three-pronged. 

  • We provide BUSINESS ADVISORY, where we study the feasibility of your great ideas, help identify opportunities, project return on investment, advise implementation strategies and track project performance at every level.
  • We provide INVESTMENT ADVISORY, where we will craft your investment strategy based on your goals and needs, market your project to potential investors and manage investor relations.
  • Finally, we are DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS, where we cover end-to-end of a development project realization process, from design strategy and management through to project delivery and Placemaking, ensuring every step aligns with your business plan and market needs.

KAI ASSETS would be the to-go-to entity if you have land but are at a loss as to what to build on it; if you have assets that require ‘turning around’; if you have a dull space that needs to be transformed into a meaningful place; if you have a Vision and require funding to turn it into a reality; if you require a funding structure and business model options or if you require a connection to the right network for your developments.

Visit us at KaiAssets.com  

Michael Stott

Michael is an urban designer and strategic planner who has spent the last 20+ years working around the world with extended periods in Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.


Michael’s diverse professional experience includes working for several globally recognised, leading consultancies and government entities, who are at the forefront of changing how cities are designed and planned.


Michael is the founding partner of p.s.urban, a strategic design studio that uses design thinking as the foundation to add economic, social and environmental value to places, communities, organisations and brands.


The company was set up by to create outcomes for clients where people, places and economies thrive. To achieve this, Michael leverages his global network of likeminded consultants and forward-thinking companies to provide sharp integrated insights – helping clients see where value lies, and which opportunities have the greatest potential.


As an accomplished facilitator and speaker, Michael regularly presents and consults on projects internationally on issues related to placemaking, urban renewal and creating healthy cities. He has also contributed to numerous publications, summer schools, urban design master classes and place-making seminars.


Michael’s expertise areas include: Placemaking, Temporary Urban Installations, Place Branding, Large Scale Mixed-Use Urban Renewal Projects and Master Plans, Public Realm and Open Space Design, Transit Oriented Development and Intensification, and Structure Planning and Precinct Visioning.

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Tempatico Sdn. Bhd.

29-07 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

email: jia.ping@tempatico.com mobile & whatsapp: +6019 400 8919 WeChat: JPLEE2018 email: yasmin.mokhtar@tempatico.com mobile & whatsapp: +6019 325 9395


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