SIA Conference 2019

Event start09:00 AM
Duration9 hrs ( from 9:00am to 6:00pm )
VenueMarina Bay Sands, Conference Room A, Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall B & C [1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971]
CPD6 points


This year, the theme for the festival is Craft. Throughout ages, part of architecture’s obsession is with the bespoke. Working alongside artisans, architects develop deep understanding of materiality and techniques that often reflect the genius loci. This discussion is timely and relevant as the practice and the construction landscape is rapidly evolving. If the broadest definition of craft is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we locate it within the realm of architectural production or construction in an age where expediency and efficiency are privileged? While we wish to focus on the role of craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more. The maker culture that leverages highly on open source and technology hacks the longstanding artisan mode of production. While the cut-paste approach democratizes and demystifies what used to be only exclusive to a few, it does raise questions on issues of equity and ethics. We wish to engage the fraternity, the academia, the agencies and the public in this discussion and the understanding of craft. At the very least, the festival wishes to honor and recognize those among us that have dedicated a lifetime in perfecting their craft of Architecture. Craft has always been an intrinsic part of architecture since time immemorial. Though it may not solve world problems, craft does indeed make us happier.

Keynote Speaker

Mr David Nelson (Head of Design, Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners)

Conference Fees (inclusive of GST):

SIA Member: $155.00
Non Member: $310.00
Student*: $30.00
Student (non SIA Student Member): $45.00



Mr David Nelson, Foster+Partners
Senior Executive Partner, Head of Design

David Nelson is co-head of design sharing design responsibility for all Foster + Partners’ projects. He sits on the practice’s Design Board that has full responsibility for design within the office. It has the authority to instigate, change and redirect design as deemed necessary. While David’s involvement is important in the early, conceptual design phases of a project, he ensures continuity and quality at every stage of a project, as well as encouraging the sharing of expertise across the project teams on various issues, such as urban design and sustainability. David is a Senior Executive Partner, and guides the studio strategically as a member of the Partnership Board.
He studied three-dimensional design at Loughborough College of Art and Hornsey College of Art, specialising in furniture and industrial design, before gaining a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art Environmental Design School. In 1974, he received a travelling scholarship to study town planning in northern Italy. Reflecting this education David also oversees the studios Industrial Design team. He joined the practice in 1976, working on a number of important early projects, including the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Hammersmith Centre. In 1979, he joined the team working on the design of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, eventually sharing design responsibility for the project. He was made a Director in 1984. He returned to London in 1986 and became the director responsible for a wide range of projects, including the American Air Museum at Duxford, Century Tower in Tokyo and many other projects in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA.
He has worked on many projects including the New German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin. He has also overseen a number of transport projects, including Bilbao Metro in Spain, North Greenwich Transport Interchange and Canary Wharf Underground station in London. Other projects include the Petronas University of Technology in Malaysia, Stanford University Laboratories in California, the McLaren Technology Centre and Production Centre in Woking, the new Supreme Court in Singapore, the Florence High-speed Railway Station, Deutschebank and Lumiere Residential in Sydney, Australia, Central Market and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the Apple Campus in California.
He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2002.

Mr Divooe Zein (Tseng Chih-Wei) , Divooe Zein Architects
Director and Founder

Divooe Zein (Tseng Chih-Wei), the director and founder of Divooe Zein Architects. Zein was raised up in Palau islands and studied in the international school SDA. After his practice of architecture, he established Divooe Zein Architects in Taipei and started the journey and field studies back and forth in between Bali islands in Indonesia and Taiwan from 2003 until now. At 2014, he established siu siu – Lab of Primitive Senses in Taipei, and started the teaching work in Shih Chien University Department of Architecture in Taiwan.

Established in 2003, Divooe Zein Architects is located on the back hill of the Shuangxi Yangmingshan National Park just outside of Taipei, Taiwan. The designs of the team take on a holistic approach that considers the building, environment, perception, and other factors. The team has worked on the renovation of historical buildings, innovative design of research institute, experimental housing, hotels, and more. Since 2014, it has been exploring the use of lightweight materials, as well as the applications and potential of composite materials.

Ms Varna Shashidar, Palinda Kannangara Architects

Varna Shashidar works with Palinda Kannangara, her partner on projects of ecological significance. She is an Indian Landscape Architect with a regional landscape practice that focuses on the creation of contextual landscapes. Varna graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from RVCA and obtained a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her interest lies in the intersection of the built and the natural world, and in the ecology and aesthetics of the everyday South Asian landscapes. She is a partner in Palinda Kannangara Architects.

Mr Kevin Mark Low, Small Projects

Kevin Mark Low studied architecture and art history in the United States from 1983 to 1991. Working alone since smallprojects was born in 2002, he lives, writes, designs and teaches primarily in Malaysia, the country where his architectural work originates. Engaged in the search for questions regarding things we believe we already have answers for, his work is plural in outcome, focussed on addressing necessity, relevance, and the specificity of context in the process of design.
With each project undertaken, big or small, he is interested in how elements and issues, both large and small, only ever find meaning in the intimate junctions where they meet, and how the big picture is less about finding radical solutions, than a radical way of framing questions. His work on office buildings, houses, master plans and mailboxes, cemeteries, park toilets, low cost housing and furniture have been published in the book, smallprojects (oro group 2010), distributed internationally, and in architectural journals in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Ar. Justin Hill, Kerry Hill Architects
Justin Hill joined Kerry Hill Architects in Singapore in 1981, two years after it was founded by Kerry Hill. He became a Director of the Singapore practice in 1990, and was a founding Director of the Kerry Hill Architects Perth studio in 1995.
He is registered practicing architect in both Australia and Singapore. His professional affiliations include membership of the Singapore Institute of Architects, and Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects,
with whom he is currently an elected National Councillor and Board Member. With the RAIA he has served on state chapter and national award juries.

Practice Profile

Kerry Hill Architects (KHA) is an award winning Architectural and design practice established in 1979 by Kerry Hill. From its first studio, in Singapore, the practice has evolved over the last 40 years with a project base growing from its original south-east Asia location. Its second studio was founded in Perth, Western Australia in 1995. Together the two studios comprise approximately 80 predominantly professional staff.
The practice has a strong commitment to regionalism in architectural solutions, resulting in buildings and strategies that demonstrate a strong relationship to the physical and cultural context of a project site and environment.

Mr Sam Conrad Joyce, SUTD
Asst. Professor, Director of Master Programs

Sam Conrad Joyce is Assistant Professor and Director of the Masters of Architecture course at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, in the Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar.
He explores the intersection of technology driven research and design practice, having prior worked at Foster + Partners Architects and Buro Happold Building Engineers working on projects such as the 2014 Olympic Stadium, Louvé Abu Dhabi, Apple Campus, Bloomberg London HQ, and Mexico City Airport.
Sam heads The Meta Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research group comprising of architects, structural engineers, cognitive-scientists, UX experts, and programmers. It seeks out conceiving, developing, and testing new interfaces to design processes; specifically how A.I. and Big Data can help find novel design solutions, with that goal that humans and computers should be collaborative co-creators.

Mr Rodney Eggleston, March Studio
Founding Director and Leading Design Architect

Rodney Eggleston is a founding director and leading design architect at March Studio. Since March Studio’s inception in 2007, Rodney has contributed to over 90 projects - ranging in scale. Highlights include 18 stores for Aesop skin care around the world, Hotel Hotel in Canberra which in 2015 received the World Interior Award at WAF in Singapore, and 4 AIA Award winning houses, including The Compound House which last year received the the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award. Raised on technology, Rodney remains passionate about handmade objects and traditional processes. March studio has grown today as a collective of architects, designers and creators who focus is on realising projects with ingenuity and respect for locations, materials, processes and people. Rodney is the 2019 Emerging Architect for Victoria.

Ar Chan Soo Khian, SCDA Architects
Founding Principal and Design Director

Soo K. Chan is a practicing architect based in Singapore. He is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a multi-disciplinary firm engaging in architecture, interior, landscape and product design. Mr. Chan is the recipient of several awards, including the inaugural Singapore President’s Design Award, Designer of the Year, the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia and three RIBA Awards. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Chan is Professor of Architecture (Practice) at the National University of Singapore.
SCDA’s portfolio ranges from master planning, resorts and hotels, high-rise luxury residences, commercial and institutional buildings, and private homes spanning Asia/Oceania, Africa, Europe and America. SCDA has more than 120 employees with offices in Singapore, Shanghai and New York. Mr. Chan is currently working on three residential towers in NYC, including 118 East 59th Street, 515 West 29th Street, and Soori High Line.
Mr. Chan is both the architect and developer of Soori High Line. Soori High Line marks Chan Soo Khian’s third global Soori-branded offering, joining his line of Soori Living furniture for Poliform, and the award-winning Soori Bali. Soori Niseko, a ski resort in Japan, is currently under development.


9.00am Registration
9.30am Opening Address by SIA President Ar Seah Chee Huang
9.40am Archifest theme ‘Craft’ Address by Festival Director Ar Alan Tay


Keynote Speaker (Mr David Nelson, Head of Design, Senior Executive Partner, Foster+Partners)

Q & A on Keynote Speaker

11.30am Lunch
12.30pm Session 01 Speaker 02: Mr Divooe Zein (Director & Founder, Divooe Zein Architects)
1.00pm Session 01 Speaker 03: Ms Varna Shashidhar and Mr Palinda Kannangara (Partners, Palinda Kannangara Architects)
1.30pm Session 01 Speaker 04: Ar Chan Soo Khian (SCDA Architects)
2.00pm Session 01 Speaker 05: Mr Kevin Mark Low (Founder, Small Projects)
2.30pm Session 01 Q & A
3.00pm Coffee Break
3.30pm Session 02 Speaker 06: Mr Rodney Eggleston (March.Studio)
4.00pm Session 02 Speaker 07: Ar Justin Hill (Director, Kerry Hill Architects)
4.30pm Session 02 Speaker 08: Mr Sam Conrad Joyce (Asst. Professor, Director of Master Programs, SUTD)
5.00pm Session 02 Q & A
5.30pm  Closing Address by Festival Director Ar Alan Tay (Partner,Formwerkz)
6.00pm  End of SIA Conference
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