Chong Keng Hua

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Associate Professor & Collaboration and Social Programme Coordinator

Telephone: +65 6303 6672
Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design
Research Areas: Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, Sustainable Design Science, Social Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Information Management

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Dr Chong Keng Hua holds a PhD in Architecture. He is the Principal Investigator of Social Urban Research Groupe (SURGe) and Co-Lead of Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) at SUTD. He is also the founding partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours LLP, an award-winning design consultancy specialising in collaborative public place design. He was appointed as a member of Jurong Lake District (JLD) Steering Committee in 2015-2017, advising the planning of Singapore’s second CBD; and curator for Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2018.

Dr Chong has been a Visiting Faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University, and was invited to lecture by many universities including University of Tokyo, Tongji University, RMIT University, Royal College of Art, and CENTRO University. His research focuses on social architecture, particularly in the areas of ageing, liveable public place and data-driven collaborative design. He was the Principle Investigator of several impactful projects, including “Creative Ageing Cities” supported by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, and “Second Beginnings” supported by Lien Foundation, raising the urgency of rethinking eldercare landscape in Asia and proposing new architectural typologies for future senior living. He is currently the Programme Lead of the “New Urban Kampung” Research Programme, which aims to foster stronger communities through data analytics, behavioural studies, simulation platform, and urban prototyping.

A pioneer in silver architecture and collaborative design in Singapore, his design of SilverCOVE Senior Wellness Centre has won the Best Silver Architecture (Community Space) and Best Approach to Support Ageing-in-Place at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2016, while his pavilion design for i Light Marina Bay 2017 has been featured globally and shortlisted for LafargeHolcim Awards 2017. He is also well known for initiating Park(ing) Day Singapore with his students, which has since become an annual nation-wide urban design movement.

Dr Chong is the author of the book Form-making in Traditional Chinese Architecture (2009), and contributor to the books International Perspectives on Age-friendly City (2015), and Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability (2017). His most recent books are Creative Ageing Cities: Place Design with Older People in Asian Cities (2018), and Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined (2018); the latter was shortlisted for INDE Awards 2018.


  • PhD, National University of Singapore, June 2008
  • MArch, National University of Singapore, June 2002
  • BA Architectural Studies, National University of Singapore, May 1999

Research Interests

  • People-environment studies and public place design
  • Social sustainability and participatory community design process
  • Socio-cultural cognition of space and architectural representation

Research Projects

  • New Urban Kampung Research Programme (Programme Lead)
  • Vietnam Community Participatory Action Research (Lead Faculty)
  • Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2018 (Curator)
  • Singapore Pavilion, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 (Curator)
  • Liveable Places (Co-Principle Investigator)
  • Creative Ageing Cities (Principle Investigator)
  • Social Urban Lab (Principle Investigator)
  • Redhill: Multidimensional Narratives (Principle Investigator)
  • Living in an Aging World: in search of new elderly housing and neighborhood design typology
  • Hub-to-Hub: Urban Art Project (Co-Curator)
  • Representation of architecture in Jiehua & Yingzao Fashi; cognitive studies on graphical representation of geometric space (PhD Thesis)

Research Opportunities

  • PhD Student
  • Research Assistant
  • Architectural and Urban Designer
  • Student Intern

Awards & Achievements

  • Finalist, INDE Awards, Influencer: Second Beginnings, 2018
  • Shortlisted for LafargeHolcim Awards: Dande-lier, 2017
  • Best Paper Award, International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), 2017
  • Best Paper Award, NUS Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS), 2016
  • Best Silver Architecture (Community Space) and Best Approach to Support Ageing-in-Place, Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards: SilverCOVE Senior Wellness Centre, 2016
  • Finalist for EDRA Great Places Awards (Place Design): SilverCOVE, 2016
  • President, ReallyArchitecture [re:ACT], 2015 – 2017
  • SUTD Award: Excellence in Serving to the Community, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, Int. Soc. Habitat Engineering & Design (ISHED), 2012
  • Highly commended for AR (Architectural Review) Awards for Emerging Architecture: Yuhu Primary School & Community Center, China (Design & project team), 2005
  • Jury commendation for Innovation for UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards, 2005
  • Winning entry for URA Southern Ridge Bridge Design: Alexandra Link, Singapore (Design team), 2004
  • Jury mention for URA Design Ideas Competition: Green Deck over CTE, (Chief designer), 2003

Key Publications

  • Keng Hua Chong, Fong Ing Kang (2018), Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined, Lien Foundation, Singapore.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Mihye Cho (eds.) (2018), Creative Ageing Cities: Place Design with Older People in Asian Cities, Routledge, UK.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Kien To, Michael M.J. Fischer (2017), “Dense and Ageing: Social Sustainability of Public Places Amidst High-density Development”, in Joo Hwa Philip Bay & Steffen Lehmann (eds), Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density & Sustainability, Routledge, UK.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Tongchaoran Gao (2017), “Urban Village of Start-ups: The Case of Sungei Road Market”, 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU): The Entrepreneurial City, Hong Kong.
  • Keng Hua Chong, et al. (2016), “Homelessness on the Streets of Singapore: Contestation and Alternatives”, Great Asian Streets Symposium: Crossroads, Singapore: 218-226.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Zheng Jia, Debbie Loo, Mihye Cho (2015), “Successful Aging in High-density City State: A Review of Singapore’s Aging Policies and Urban Initiatives”, in Caro, Francis G., Kelly Fitzgerald, eds., International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities, Taylor & Francis.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Quin Yow, Debbie Loo, Ferninda Patrycia (2015), “Psychosocial Wellbeing of Elderly And Their Perception of Matured Estate in Singapore”, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 29:3, 259-297.
  • Kien To, Keng Hua Chong (2013), “Heritage Conservation vs. Commercial Redevelopment in Historic City Centers: The Case of Hanoi’s French Colonial Quarter and Lessons from Singapore”, Journal of Habitat Engineering and Design, March 2013: 89-96.
  • Li Xiaodong, Chong Keng Hua (2010), Form-making in traditional Chinese architecture, Beijing: China Building Industry Press.
  • Heng Chye Kiang, Chong Keng Hua (2006), “Urban revitalization through housing induced public space”, 4th Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS), Singapore.

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