SIA Practice Convention 2017


28 April 2017 (Fri), 9:00am – 5:35pm
SIA Theatrette, Level 3
6 CPD points / 7 PDU points
8:00 – 9:00am


9:00 – 9:15am

Opening & Welcome Speech

Segment 1: Design Theme of Shared Spaces and Constraints

9:15 – 10:00am

Our Tampines Hub

A people-centric and inclusive community hub, Our Tampines Hub (OTH) is purposefully designed for the residents of Tampines. Its design was conceived through an exceedingly participatory process undertaken by residents of all ages and interest groups. The design of OTH is a poetic union of the physical, socio-cultural and psychological landscape in Tampines. Building upon the past and present, the new community hub is set to instil a greater sense of pride and belonging amongst the people. OTH represents a new model of community-focus development that celebrates the community in Tampines through three key ‘E’s - “Engage, Enrich and Empower”. There is meaningful engagement within the community at all levels through diverse programmes, facilities and multiple interactions in various settings and events, ameliorating the residents’ experience. Through participation, residents of Tampines are empowered with ownership of the new community hub.

Mr Teoh Hai Pin

Mr Teoh Hai Pin
DP Architects Pte Ltd

Mr Teoh Hai Pin is a director at DP Architects. Mr Teoh has a wealth of experience in mega projects procurement and handling of complex designs. He has led the completion of notable local and international projects in various typologies, including Vivocity in Singapore to The Palm Springs in Beijing.

From residential and retail projects to massive landmark architecture development, Mr Teoh remains steadfast in his design approach. Objective, analytical, practical and collaborative, his designs are characterised by a sensitivity to the intended community, its site context and socio-cultural trends. This is best exemplified in his work on the Singapore Sports Hub. More recently, as a continuation to this aspect his architectural development, he is also actively involved in Our Tampines Hub – a community hub conceived through a unique design process that actively involved and engaged not only the stakeholders and contractors but also its end-users.

He is a firm believer of enrichment through progressive engagement. He sees clients and consultants as collaborative partners working towards a shared outcome. In the same vein, as a leader and project director, he encourages participation and a sense of ownership from his team members.

10:00 – 10:45am

Landscape Unlimited

Landscape in Singapore is a precious commodity. We do not have the benefit of a hinterland where we can escape to for respite from urbanity. Our city is also our sanctuary… where we live, work and play. What have we done and what more can we do to make the best use with the little that we have left?

Mr Leonard Ng

Mr Leonard Ng
Partner & Managing Director
Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Singapore

Leonard’s academic background and design interest lay at the juncture between man and his environment with the aim of finding a long term sustainable balance between them.

His approach involves extensive collaboration with diverse professions to foment holistic landscape based solutions that engage and educate users while respecting the environment.

His recent works features design that integrates the water found on-site with the surrounding urban development in a sensitive manner.

10:45 – 11:00am

Tea Break

11:00 – 11:45am

Acoustical Design of Nursing Home for Overall Performance and Users’ Well Being

New nursing homes are conceived as community facilities. It is desirable that they are connected to established community as it is the catchment of its patients, and hence its provider of community support. A major challenge of building nursing homes among existing communities is the scarcity in good land parcel supply. Inevitably, many land parcels designated for nursing home development are located in busy traffic and highly built up areas.

Good aural environment, thermal comfort and bright airy spaces are basic needs of a performing nursing home for elderly, and recuperating patients. These needs are important to its users as they are typically long term patients and users. In the setting of a highly built up urban environment, these basic needs are sometime conflicting. For a start, openings needed for ventilation are the major sources of noise and pollution.

This presentation discusses the total performance needs of nursing homes, centred in good aural comfort design. It seeks to address a balanced performing design through understanding the needs, the incorporation of integrated features such as noise barrier, the provision of daylighting and ventilation, layout concepts and materials selection. The objective is to achieve the prevailing authority’s requirements with respect to noise levels, and beyond, while not forgoing patients’ comfort and wellbeing.     

Prof Lee Siew Eang

Prof Lee Siew Eang
Associate Professor, Department of Building
School of Design and Environment, NUS

Dr Lee is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Building Energy Efficiency Hub at the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, NUS.

In addition to his work in Acoustics, Prof. Lee is responsible for developing and promoting the Total Building Performance approach in Singapore and the region.

A researcher consultant in Singapore and the region, Dr Lee is a recipient of the ASEAN Ministers’ Award for Excellence in Energy Management. He is actively involved in various significant projects, including serving as the principal investigator of the first Zero Energy Building project at the BCA Academy, the acoustics and building performance consultant of National Library of Singapore (2005), Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (2010) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (2015).

Dr Lee was an Advisory member of the BCA’s Green Mark scheme. He had served as Chair of Technical Coordination Committee and an Honorary Advisor of the Singapore Green Building Council, and was responsible for the development and promotion of the Singapore Green Building Product certification scheme.

11:45 – 11:50am

Queries Collection

11:50am – 12:50pm

Segment 1 Forum Discussion

Moderator – Dr Chong Keng Hua

12:50 – 2:00pm

Lunch Break

Segment 2: Practice in the Shared Economy

2:00 – 2:45pm

The Future Economy – Whither The Construction Industry?

In past Practice Conventions, the speaker spoke on market failures and the impact on the construction industry and practice.  This year she will turn the lens to the future and explore a possible economic model, how public policy measures in the construction industry could be implemented, and where it could take the profession of the architect.

Ms Catherine Loke

Ms Catherine Loke
Partner, Lander Loke Architects

Catherine Loke obtained her Bachelor of Planning & Design in 1989 and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1992 from the University of Melbourne. During the course of her career, she has worked briefly in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, and in Singapore since 1993. She has been a Registered Architect since 1998 and partner in Lander Loke Architects since 1999. 

Catherine currently serves as Chairman of the Small & Medium Architectural Practice Committee, Chairman of the Architects’ Appointment Committee and on the Council at the Singapore Institute of Architects.  She is currently the Chairman of the Panel of Examiners for the Board of Architects Professional Practice Examination, and an External Examiner for the Master of Architecture programme at the National University of Singapore.  In 2011 and 2012, she was the Facilitator of the Minor Works Contract Working Group which undertook a comprehensive review of the SIA Minor Works Contract First Edition 1987, resulting in the publication of the SIA Articles and Conditions of Contract for Minor Works 2012 in December 2012.  

Catherine has become a familiar face at the Practice Convention having previously spoken on the topics Architects’ Payment in 2010, Architects’ Fees – (Is there) Life Without a Fee Scale (?) in 2011, SIA Minor Works Contract in 2012 – Rebranding the Architect in 2013, Life Without a Fee Scale (The Sequel) and Risk Management in Contract Administration in 2014, Designing Your Contract in 2015 and Life Without a Fee Scale (Part 3) in 2016.

2:45 – 3:30pm

Reinventing Specifications

Late last year, SIACAD Pte Ltd embarked on the development of a prototype solution for handling HDB Building Specifications. Instead of writing yet another database application for specification clauses alone, the team expanded the scope to include BIM connectivity, links to external and internal knowledge bases, information sharing, collaborative decision making and much more. Although it was still a prototype / proof-of-concept solution, it was apparent to involved parties that this solution has the potential to reinvent our current information creation, management and distribution workflow. Comments range from “game changer” to “missing link in our work processes”.

The presenter will share with the audience the inception, journey and decision making processes behind  this project. The goal is to excite the audience and get interested members / firms to join us in the next stage of refining and completing this solution which we believe will be most useful for addressing the challenges of the new “Sharing Economy”.

Mr Ben Thum

Mr Ben Thum
Innovation Director

Ben Thum is the self-titled Innovation Director of SIACAD Pte Ltd, a commercial arm of the Singapore Institute of Architects. He graduated as an architect but after practicing for 5 years, decided to pursue his passion for software development. He then spent 20 years in software development and experimenting with various aspects of IT ranging from assembly code programming to non-linear digital video editing.

Ben started BIM with Revit in 2001, before AutoDesk acquired it. Since then, he has developed solutions that are currently used by firms in Singapore and the region. In 2011, the company joined the AutoDesk Developer Network. By May 2011, the company released eBDAS – a highly sought-after BIM solution for e-Submission in Singapore.

Besides hardcore programming, Ben is actively involved in training which he believes is an excellent source for ideas and inspiration. An avid reader, Ben spends his free time reading everything from history, science and politics to management, fiction and spy thrillers.

3:30 – 3:45pm

Tea Break

3:45 – 4:30pm

An Introduction to the Conditions of Contract 2016

The discussion will look at the comparative differences of this new plain language Condition of Contract that encapsulates aspects the latest legislation with the features of the previous versions.  A set of new tools (including an international version) that will assist the Architect in his role as contract administrator.

Mr Fong Hoo Cheong

Mr Fong Hoo Cheong
Executive Director
Singapore Institute of Architects

Mr Fong Hoo Cheong graduated from the NUS in 1990. He founded HCF & Associates and leads a specialised team of architects, designers and technologist.

Fong’s practice focuses his extensive and comprehensive experience and on the continuing research for a relevant process in the genesis of culturally relevant architectural morphology. He had managed to straddle the logistical demands of large scale projects while also creating progressive, idea driven and crafted architecture.

Fong believes in a ‘hands on’ crafted approach to each project to achieve high architectural skill and craftsmanship. His attention to not only the material form but also the underpinning ideas and approaches allows his work to be read in many ways. This presents in essence the core of what his architecture attempts to do for the observer and user, an engagement not only on a practical level but also immaterially.

Fong also believes in contributing to Architectural Education. He had been teaching at his alma mater as a studio master in NUS since 2000 and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor. As an extension of architecture theory and practice, he conducts lecture series, participated and chaired various lectures and talks on architecture and architectural pedagogy. He has also been a guest critique at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Fong’s extensive experience has seen active success in various design competitions and implementation work.

He has newly joined SIA in 2016 and is the Executive Director of SIA.

4:30 – 4:35pm

Queries Collection

4:35 – 5:35pm

Segment 2 Forum Discussion

Moderator – Mr Kuan Chee Yung


End of Convention