Chong Keng Hua

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Assistant Professor

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Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design
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Chong Keng Hua


Dr Chong Keng Hua holds a PhD in Architecture. He is the Principal Investigator of Social Urban Groupe (SURGe), a research lab focusing on social architecture and urban research, and a founding member of SUTD Opportunity Lab (O-Lab). He is also the partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours LLP, a design consultancy specialising in collaborative place-making.

Dr Chong has been a Visiting Faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University (ZJU). He is the co-author of the book Form-making in Traditional Chinese Architecture. Building on his knowledge in cultural-spatial cognition, he is currently leading various research and design projects in Asia, investigating people-environment interactions especially in relation to aging, participatory community design, and social sustainability. He has contributed to a recently published book International Perspectives on Age-friendly City, as is currently working on the upcoming book Creative Aging Cities in Asia.

Dr Chong has worked at several architectural offices, where he was involved in many renowned civic projects, such as the winning design of Alexandra Arch at Southern Ridge (Singapore) and Yuhu Primary School and Community Centre (China). Besides design practice, he is also actively involved in civil society. He is the current President of ReallyArchitecture (re:ACT), a registered society that advocates socially sustainable architecture and urban design. He is a member of the Steering Committee overseeing the development of Jurong Lake District.


  • PhD, National University of Singapore, June 2008
  • MArch, National University of Singapore, June 2002
  • BA Architectural Studies, National University of Singapore, May 1999

Research Interests

  • People-environment studies and public space design
  • Social sustainability and participatory community design process
  • Socio-cultural cognition of space and architectural representation

Research Projects

  • Creative Aging City
  • Social Urban Lab
  • Ho Chi Minh City Community Participatory Design
  • Liveable Places

Completed Projects

  • Redhill: Multidimensional Narratives
  • Living in an Aging World: in search of new elderly housing and neighborhood design typology
  • Singapore urban transformation: Public space design in housing and urban park
  • Representation of architecture in Jiehua & Yingzao Fashi; cognitive studies on graphical representation of geometric space
  • Concept of space in traditional Chinese architecture (background study of PhD research),2002 – 2003
  • Appropriating vernacular space: ideology, identity and architecture (Yuhu Elementary School expansion project, Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China), 2002 – 2004
  • History of modern Chinese architecture, 2002
  • Typological transformation of public space in Singapore, 2002
  • Parametric design towards animated architecture: impact of animation software on architectural design process (Master dissertation), 2001

Research Opportunities

  • PhD Student
  • Research Assistant
  • Architectural and Urban Designer
  • Student Intern

Awards & Achievements

  • President, ReallyArchitecture [re:ACT], 2015 – present
  • Co-Curator, Hub to Hub Urban Intervention Project, 2011
  • Project leader, Mercy Relief, 2010
  • Regional manager, The ARCHIVE Institute, 2009 – 2011
  • Associate member, Design Committee, Singapore Institute of Architect, 2007 – 2009
  • Core member, ReallyArchitecture [re:ACT], 2006 – 2011
  • Highly commended for AR (Architectural Review) Awards for Emerging Architecture:
  • Yuhu Primary School & Community Center, China (Design & project team), 2005
  • Jury commendation for Innovation for UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards 2005
  • Yuhu Primary School & Community Center, China (Design & project team), 2005
  • Project leader, Youth Expedition Project, Singapore International Foundation, 2004
  • Guest Researcher, Design Knowledge Systems (DKS) Research Center, TU Delft, 2004
  • Winning entry for URA Southern Ridge Bridge Design: Alexandra Link, Singapore (Design team), 2004
  • Jury mention for URA Design Ideas Competition: Green Deck over CTE, (Chief designer), 2003
  • Research scholar (PhD), National University of Singapore, 2002 – 2006

Key Publications

  • Keng Hua Chong, Zheng Jia, Debbie Loo, Mihye Cho, “Successful Aging in High-density City State: A Review of Singapore’s Aging Policies and Urban Initiatives”, in Caro, Francis G., Kelly Fitzgerald, eds., International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities, Taylor & Francis, 2015.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Quin Yow, Debbie Loo, Ferninda Patrycia, “Psychosocial Wellbeing of Elderly And Their Perception of Matured Estate in Singapore”, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 2015.
  • Keng Hua Chong, Debbie Loo, Mihye Cho, Sunghee Shin, “Urban Seniors and Their Public Culture: Finding Space For the Elderly in Singapore’s Public Housing Estate”, International Conference on “Changing Cities” – Spatial, Morphological, Formal & Socio-economic Dimensions, Skiathos island, Greece, 2013.
  • Kien To, Keng Hua Chong, “Heritage Conservation vs. Commercial Redevelopment in Historic City Centers: The Case of Hanoi’s French Colonial Quarter and Lessons from Singapore”, Journal of Habitat Engineering and Design, March 2013.
  • Chong Keng Hua, “Crowd Sourcing Public Space: Learning from a Singapore Case”, Arte-Polis 4 International ConferenceCreative Connectivity and the Making of Place: Living Smart by Design, Bandung, Indonesia, 2012.
  •  Li Xiaodong, Chong Keng Hua, Form-making in traditional Chinese architecture (Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2010)