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National University of Singapore

Located at the crossroads of the East and the West, the NUS Department of Architecture promotes intellectual diversity, innovative design and rigorous research in architecture, landscape and urban design. Central to our belief is the need for our design enterprises to be rooted in the cultural wealth of the region while actively engaging the world.

Our faculty, who come from more than ten countries with academic and practice experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US, conducts design studios focusing on areas of technology, urban design, landscape and environmental concern.

Complementing the studios is a system of guest lectures and intensive workshops by eminent academics and architects from around the world. Furthermore, international exchanges take place regularly with more than 15 leading schools of architecture worldwide. Every year, students are provided with ample opportunities for international joint studios and overseas voluntary hands-on building projects and field trips.

In addressing the critical issues of the contemporary Asian City more comprehensively, the Department has channelled its mission of its design education and research towards establishing a firm understanding an Asian eco-urbanism underpinned by a social dimension. Details of research and education activities are available on the Department’s website at www.arch.nus.edu.sg.

Keynote Speaker

Prof Tay Kheng Soon
Adjunct Professor
Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Principal Architect, Akitek Tenggara


President of the Jury:

Dr. Erwin Viray
Head of Graduate School of Architecture Design
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Kyoto, Japan

Jury members:

Mr Wee Hii-Min
Architect, Design Network Architects
Kuching, Malaysia

Mr Yip Yuen Hong,
Principal Architect, ip:li architects


Thu, 8 Nov Submission of Works

Day Hour Activity
Wed, 31 Oct Completion of Works
Internal selection of best 2 teams per university
Thu, 8 Nov Submission of Works
Sun, 9 Dec Archi-tours in Singapore
Thu, 15 Nov 14:00 Selection of Finalists by Jury
Sun, 9 Dec 09:00 Registration & Set-up of Drawings
09:30 Opening Ceremony
10:00 Keynote Speech: Prof. Tay Kheng Soon
10:30 Presentations / Jury Session
12:30 Lunch & Exhibition
14:00 Presentations / Jury Session
20:00 Welcome Dinner for Jury, Guests & Staff
Tue, 11 Dec 09:30 Workshop – 1st half
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Workshop – 2nd half
19:00 Award Ceremony and Farewell Dinner



Archiprix SEA 2012 finalists and supervisors coming to Singapore were invited to participate in an architectural tour on Sunday 9th of December under the guidance of architecture students from NUS. The 4-hour tour allowed participants to visit and appreciate new building developments around the City Centre and the Bay Area of Singapore. The list of places included public buildings and a housing complex that are representative of technological innovation and environmental concern in Singapore’s recent architecture.

01 Gardens by the Bay
Architects: Wilkinson Eyre (UK);
Grant Associates (UK)
Owner: National Parks (NParks)
Year: 2012
02 Marina Barrage
Architects: Team 3 (Singapore)
Owner: Public Utilities Board (PUB)
Year: 2008
03 National Library
Architects: T.R. Hamzah & Yeang (Ken Yeang);
DP Architects
Owner: National Library Board (NLB)
Year: 2005
04 Pinnacle @ Duxton
Architects: ARC Studio (Singapore);
RSP Architects
Owner: Housing Development Board
Year: 2010


The following finalists for Archiprix SEA 2012 have been selected to attend the final stage of the competition in Singapore:

University Team
Bina Nusantara University (Jakarta) A
Hanoi Architectural University A
Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture A
Institut Teknologi Bandung A
LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology (Borneo) A
National University of Singapore B
Petra Christian University Surabaya A
Saint Louis University A
Taylor’s University (Lakeside Campus) B
University Putra Malaya A
Van Lang University B



The following award winners were announced at the awards ceremony cum farewell dinner held on 11 December 2012:

Prize Project & Team
First Prize ‘ULUrban: Sustainable Tradition’
LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology (Borneo)
Team A
Participants: Ng Cun Tak, Yeo Kai Wen, Danny Chung
Supervisor: Tay Tze Yong
Jury Citation:
A comprehensive and sensual typology recognized and made into a fresh form without resorting to usual Western models, a refreshing way of looking at local built form, the roofscape plays a redefining role instead of the usual attention given to a corridor of a longhouse. An operation of the redefinition of a local tradition to bring it to a possible contemporary and a future form the jury finds the proposal exemplary and thus award it First Prize.
Second Prize ‘Biological Environment Restoration Project’
Bina Nusantara University
Team B
Participants: Hardy Suanto, Tri Apriliana
Supervisors: Albertus Prawata, Michael Isnaeni Djimantoro
Jury Citation:
A comprehensive proposal attention given from macro to micro, a project that has thought of everything, seemingly like a science project, thorough and precise in the problem definition and finding ways to offer solutions. The resultant architecture form that seem like a resort image, gave rise to reservations on the belief that other potentials are possible that can be explored to show more compelling image of the housing component of the proposal; for the thorough investigation and possibility it shows the jury commends this proposal and award it Second Prize.
Third Prize ‘FUNderneath’
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Team B
Participants: Belly Munandar, Dany Nugroho, Prathito Andy Wisambodhi, Raden Agung Yogaswara
Supervisors: Achmad Deni Tardiyana, Heru W. Poerbo
Jury Citation:
FUNderneath has a good problem statement, a good process of interviewing and seeking the view of the clients _ the children, and creating a construction that fits into the site. The fun wish to be a comprehensive playground for children is well commended. However, a more macro level of investigation that includes the urban condition and other users of the site and then focusing on the children’s playground as case study and focus of showcasing the potential of the site, could have made the project much stronger. With this the jury applauds the FUN underneath and award it Third Prize.
Merit Award ‘Heritage of Water’
Van Lang University
Team A
Participants: Nguyen Quang Tuyen, Tieu Dong Phuong, Nguyen Dinh Cuong, Hoang Duy
Supervisor: Truong Nguyen Hong Quang
Jury Citation:
The strong passion by the proposal is felt by the jury, the careful investigation and sensing of the life in the river, lead to a strong intent to what can be done in the Saigon River and life with water, though a manifestation of solidness in the strategy to explore potential approaches through an exploration of permutations could have been taken further. The jury joyfully commends the passion of the project, and awards it a Merit Award.
Merit Award ‘木³ (mu³)’
National University of Singapore
Team B
Participants: Chia Wei Jie Irvin, Lee Hon Bill, Tan Jia Xin
Supervisor: Abel E. Tablada de la Torre
Jury Citation:
A beautiful idea given emergence, a proposal exploring urgent issues of urban density and intensity, though certain aspects of the site conditions and technology integration give rise to some questions, this project is commended for a beautiful idea that can be explored further to show a possible world, much impressed the jury award this project a Merit Award.