In recent years, debates about Singaporean identity in architecture have given way to the discussion of other issues: sustainability, technology, and social life. At the same time, Singapore’s architects are increasingly producing work that is recognized in international circles—projects with clear formal and material agendas. Against this backdrop, it would seem appropriate to re-engage questions of identity; at least, to identify those aspects of Singapore’s architecture that are identifiable as our own.
SUTD invites two significant architects, Yip Yuen Hong and Tan Kok Hiang, to share their opinions on the state of local contemporary architecture—how it is developing and what is possible futures may be. In particular, we will ask how Singapore’s architects are creating a sense of place within the common techniques and preoccupations of modern architecture.
About the speakers
Yip Yuen Hong
Yip Yuen Hong is one of the founding partners of ip:li Architects. He worked at William Lim & Associates, Housing & Development Board and Arkitek Tenggara II before starting HYLA Architects with Han Loke Kwang and Vincent Lee, in 1993. Yuen Hong is a registered architect with the Board of Architects and has honed his skills under mentor architects such as William Lim, Tay Kheng Soon and Liu Tai Ker. After two decades of practice, he has worked on a wide variety of projects both locally and overseas, as well as taught at LASALLE College of the Arts and National University of Singapore.
Tan Kok Hiang
Kok Hiang, is Managing Director of his own firm Forum Architects Pte Ltd, which he established with his wife and fellow architect Ho Sweet Woon in 1994. He has held numerous exhibitions and participated in various conferences locally and internationally and garnered more than 30 awards, including the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award in 2008 and 2010, the URA Architectural Heritage Awards in 2007, and two nominations and an honourable mention in the President’s Design Award. He is also involved in architectural education and sits on several professional committees.
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