Abstract

By convention, the architect “emerges” by taking leave of larger practices—by starting a new, small office with a clearly-defined identity. However, many young architects in Singapore are taking an alternate route: that of the emerging architect in the large practice. Is this the rise of a new type of celebrated architect? Is the large firm a viable place to establish a personal identity? What are the advantages created by this type of career path—leveraging, perhaps, on the established industry capabilities of large practices?

For this session, architects Jerry Ong (CPG Corporation) and Lawrence Ler (RSP) will share highlights of their own careers, as well as their thoughts on the contribution of Singapore’s larger offices to the professional and built environment.

About The Speakers

Jerry Ong (CPG Corporation)
Since joining CPG Consultants in 2003, Jerry has been involved in an array of projects, comprising healthcare facilities, commercial and residential buildings, institutions, as well as sports and park facilities. Most recently, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital won in the categories of Community & Culture Project Award (Built) and Sustainability Project Award (Built) in the 2014 Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets. Jerry has gained invaluable experience from his involvement across a wide range of projects and has displayed his versatility as an architect and designer.

Lawrence Ler (RSP)
Lawrence Ler is an Architect with years of experience gathered from Singapore and the UK. Prior to joining RSP, he has worked in RSHP, SOM and IJP Corporation in London. His diversified portfolio covers residential, education, religious, healthcare, institutional, hospitality, infrastructure, sports & recreation and master plan projects. Lawrence is one of the two Designers of the Henderson Waves which has garnered multiple awards including the prestigious President’s Design Award. Lawrence currently teaches at the NUS School of Architecture, Singapore, and also has taught at the AA School of Architecture, London.