Calvin Chua

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design


Calvin Chua is an architect and urbanist working at the intersection of design, planning and advocacy.

He leads Spatial Anatomy, a design practice that develops spaces, objects and strategies for cities. Recent projects include envisioning a national design ecosystem for the Design Singapore Council, regeneration strategies for an agricultural village in Hainan and an entrance portal for Singapore Airlines. Complementing built projects, Calvin engages the wider design community through exhibiting and curating exhibition, including the 2017, 2019 Seoul Biennale and the upcoming 2020 Venice Biennale.

In parallel, Calvin serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, leading design studios focusing on urban peripheries and regeneration.

Passionate about geopolitical issues, Calvin is recognised as one of the global leading voices on Korean peninsula issues. For the past decade, he has led ground-breaking non-profit capacity building programmes and research on economic and urban development in the DPRK.

Calvin’s opinions has been featured on multiple news media, including CNN and New York Times. His professional and non-profit works have also been recognised by various institutions. Most recently, Calvin was longlisted for the UK Royal Academy of Arts Dorfman Award.

Prior to founding his own practice, Calvin worked with leading urban planning and architecture firms in Europe. Under Fundacion Metropoli, Calvin advised policy makers and local governments on innovation and the development of cities in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Under Balmond Studio, Calvin worked on a 400,000 sqm mixed use waterfront development in Colombo. He has also consulted for the Asian Development Bank on urban development in Central and South Asia.

A registered architect in the United Kingdom, Calvin graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


  • AA Diploma, Architectural Association, London, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma with Merit, University of Westminster, London, UK

Research Interest

  • Architectural and Urban Typologies
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Environmental Systems
  • Political Theory


  • Longlist for Royal Academy of the Arts Dorfman Award, 2020
  • Young Leader of Tomorrow and a Topic Leader for the St Gallen Symposium, 2015
  • Awarded Design Residency in Doha under the British Council Old Doha Prize, 2013
  • Winner of Wilmotte Foundation Prix W, 2012

Selected Publications

  • ‘Four Columns and a Roof: An Insight into Architecture in Southeast Asia’ in Beyond the West (Die Gestalten Verlag: Berlin, 2020)
  • ‘Strata Megastructure: Architecture of Flexibility and Enterprise’, in The Impossible of Mapping (Urban Asia), (NTU CCA: Singapore, 2019)
  • ‘Productive Peripheries: Rethinking the HSR Project’, The Singapore Architect, 2018
  • ‘Shorefront: A Microcosm of Georgetown’, The Singapore Architect, 2018
  • ‘The Office Park: Architecture between Nature and Production’, The Singapore Architect, 2017
  • ‘Pop-up Pyongyang´ in Dongwoo Yim et al, North Korea Atlas (Damdi: Seoul, 2014)
  • ‘A New Design for DPRK’s Construction Industry’, East Asia Forum, June 2014
  • ‘Greater Singapore: Exporting the City State’, MONU, Issue 18, 2013
  • ‘The (non) Architecture of Sustainability’, Singapore Architects, Issue 274, 2013
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