Abstract

FDAT and Red Bean architects would seem to be anomalies in the Singapore architecture profession. Both offices are developing significant portfolios of work in local practice, at a time when few small firms seem able to survive. This is even more challenging, when new models for large practices engage the traditional market sectors of the SME. How do the new small offices navigate this context? What means do they use to make themselves competitive to clients? And do there remain hidden advantages to the small practice, that large firms cannot match?

SUTD invites founding architects of FDAT and Red Bean, Donovan Soon and Teo Yee Chin, to share their insights on design and architectural practice in Singapore. Together we will explore the current situation of the small, design-driven firm—as well as its future in a changing world of practice.