Alumni Adjunct Associate Professor
Chee Kien is a registered architect in Singapore, and researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. At other times, he is a writer, artist, designer, curator and traveller.
- PhD, Architectural History and Urbanism, University of California, Berkeley
- M.Arch. by research, National University of Singapore
- B. Arch. (Hons.), National University of Singapore
- B.A. (Arch. Studies), National University of Singapore
Professional Associations & Affiliations
- Director, Board of Directors, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE, U.S.A.)
- Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia (Malaysia)
- Member, Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (Malaysia)
- Member, Nature Society of Singapore (Singapore)
- Member, Singapore Heritage Society (Singapore)
- Member, South Seas Society (Singapore)
Local Advisory Boards
- URA Conservation Advisory Panel (2012-present)
- URA-MND Bukit Brown Cemetery Heritage Advisory Working Committee Member (since November 2011)
- URA-MND Rail Corridor Consultation Group Member (since 2011)
- MICA – National Art Gallery Implementation Steering Committee Member (2005-2006)
- MICA – National Art Gallery Museological Sub-Committee, Deputy-Chair (2005-2006)
Histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia.
- Supervisor of dissertation awarded a Commendation Prize at the Royal Institute of British Architects President Medals and Student Awards 2013, for Mr. Srisaravanan Subramaniam’s Seva and the Shrine: Transcending the Boundaries of the Hindu Temple in Singapore.
- Winner (as Supervisor of Studio Group), Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize Cycle 9 (2010/2011): Category: Conservation Area Study [Taiping, Malaysia]
- Honourable Mention (as Supervisor of Studio Group), Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize Cycle 9 (2010/2011): Category: Conservation Area Study [Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia]
- Supervisor of dissertation awarded Honourable Mention [only prize in the dissertation category], Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize – Cycle 8 in 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Mr Craig San Kin Mun’s Builders in Malaya: A Study of the Construction Industry in Kuala Lumpur at the Turn of the 19th Century, 2007
- Through the Eyes of Lee Kip Lin: Photographs of Singapore 1965 – 1995, Singapore: National Library Board, Singapore, and Editions Didier Millet, 2015.
- Last Train from Tanjong Pagar, (graphic novel, in collaboration with Mr. Koh Hong Teng) Singapore: Epigram Books, 2014.
- Cords to Histories (In English and Chinese), Foong Shoon Fui Kuan art and culture series, vol. 10, ed. Chong Wen Ling. Singapore: Foong Shoon Fui Kuan, 2013.
- Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957‑1966, Kuala Lumpur: Petronas, 2007.
- “Camp Architecture: Places and Home”. In Giving Strength to our Nation: the SAF and its People. pp. 103-109, ed. Goh Eck Kheng. Singapore: Landmark Books, 2015.
- “Imagining Nanyang: the Framing of Southeast Asia in Wong Kar‑wai’s movies”. In Asian Cinema and Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 109-125, ed. Lilian Chee and Edna Lim. Routledge, 2015.
- “Epilogue”. In Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Malaya, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, 213-4. Penang: Areca Books, 2015.
- “The Nation and Its Murals: A Reading of Figural Images in Malaysia, 1957‑69”. In The Nation: Narratives and Communities in the Asia Pacific, ed. Norman Vasu, Yolanda Chin and Kam‑yee Law, 30‑54. Comparative Development and Policy in Asia, ed. Ka Ho Mok and Rachel Murphy. Oxford: Routledge, 2013.
- “Sonny Chan: Situating Architectural Worlds”. In Green Ink on an Envelope: The Architectural Practice of Chan Sau Yan Sonny, ed. Ho Weng Hin and Tan Kar Lin, 24‑27. Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society, 2013.
- “Filtered Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia”. In Singapore Metropolitan Region, 153‑154. Singapore: Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, DOA, NUS, 2013.
- “Ventilation Blocks and their use in Southeast Asia”. In Casting Architecture: Ventilation Blocks, 23‑27. Singapore: Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, 2013.
- “Rambutans in the Picture: Han Wai Toon and Overseas Chinese Space in Singapore”. In Singapore in Global History, ed. Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairuddin Aljunied, 169‑195. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011.
- “Malaya in Art and Architecture”. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Vol. 16 no. 1 (Revisiting Malaya): 113-127. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2015.
- “The Path Less Travelled: No. 11 Geylang Lorong 24A”. Singapore Architect no. 273 (The New Conservators): 64‑73. Singapore: Singapore Institute of Architects, 2013.
- “Post‑tropical/post‑tsunami: Climate and architectural discourse in South and Southeast Asia”. (co‑written with Dr. Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne in Australia.). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol 32, No 3: 365 ‑ 381. (United Kingdom), 2011.
- “Southeast Asian Spatial Histories and Historiographies: a re‑examination”. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Vol 19 No. 2: 82‑105. (Australia), 2011.
- “Maidan to Padang: Reinventions of Urban Fields in Malaysia and Singapore”. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Vol 21 No 2: 55‑70. (United States), 2010.
- “Beyond Colonial and National Frameworks: Some Thoughts on the Writing of Southeast Asian Architecture”. Journal of Architectural Education, Vol 63 No. 2: 74‑75. (United States), 2010.
- “Double Cauldron,” at Destruction X Rebirth, organized by WeJungle at The Mill, 5 Jalan Kilang, Singapore, 31 January – 14 February 2015.
- “National Theatre @50,” commissioned for Singapore Biennale 2013, sited at Tank Road in Singapore from October 2013 – February 2014.
- Sound recording titled “People’s Park Complex: an Urban Soundbox in Singapore”, The Sonic City, as part of the “Mutations Exhibition” TN Probe Gallery, Tokyo (Japan), 10 November 2001 to 26 January 2002.
- ICOMOS Singapore (International Council on Monuments and Sites), 2013
- Singapore Dance Theatre, 1991
- The Architecture Society, 1990
- Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area, 1990
- Popular Book Store, 1988