Jon Sun Hock Lim BArch, MArch (Melb), PhD (NUS) was born in Malaya in 1942. He lectured in the National University of Singapore’s School of Architecture between 1972 and 2002. His primary research interest is the architects of Singapore and Penang (1786–1942). Lim has collected oral history related to the architects of Penang and researched the history of the island’s architectural practice.
His previous publications include a monograph entitled The Shophouse Rafflesia: A diffusion of a Malayan prototype in Southeast Asia (1992), and ‘Architecture of Southeast Asia’, published in the centennial edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture (1996). He also served as editor of Transforming Traditions, produced by the ASEAN Studies publication series (2001).His latest book is The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887–1941 (2015).