William Harald-Wong is the principal and design director of William Harald-Wong & Associates. He has played a significant role in shaping distinctive Asian identities for new cities and integrated developments. Some of his large-scale projects include Nusajaya, Malaysia and Cat Ba Amatina, Vietnam.
He is also the founder and chairman of The Design Alliance Asia (tDA Asia), a collaborative network of designers and consultancies from 13 Asian countries/regions.
tDA Asia provides consultancy services on national brand and export promotion strategies, and has worked with the Governments of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Laos. In collaboration with Hong Kong Design Institute, tDA has worked on an Asia-wide research project ‘Colours of Asia’ which received a generous funding from the Hong Kong Government. The ‘Colours of Asia’ exhibition, co-curated by William and Prof. Ahn Sangsoo, was one of the highlights of Hong Kong Year of Design 2012.
William also co-founded wREGA, the graphic design association of Malaysia. He was the vice-president of Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) from 2001–2003, with a special mission to open channels of communication between the designers of Mainland China, India and Southeast Asia, and the global design community.
William received the 2009–2010 International Design Achievement Award from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Qinghua University Fine Arts College, Beijing. In 2010, he won the 7 Bintang Lifetime Achievement Award by Design Development Centre Malaysia (DDEC) for his contribution to the creative industry and economy of Malaysia.
He currently serves on the regional expert panel for Design for Asia Award, Hong Kong Design Centre. He is also the ambassador for INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Network), and advisor for Icograda Design Week Sarawak (2012) and POOL, an Indian design publication.