HL was born in Singapore and educated in London, where he began his career in design for the hospitality industry. In 1979, he returned to the Far East to join the international design firm Dale Keller & Associates in Hong Kong. In 1981, he was invited to join another well-known design firm, Chhada Siembieda & Associates as the Managing Partner of the Singapore office. In 1991, that office became HL Lim & Associates, and the firm successfully completed several prestigious urban and resort hotel projects throughout Asia. In 2001, the company’s name was changed to Lim. Teo + Wilkes Design Works and today, it is known as LTW Designworks Pte Ltd (LTW).