SIA-Getz Architectural Prize is an Award for an 'Emergent' architect with architectural excellence in Asia. We are proud to announce that we have awarded Chan Soo Khian to be the winner of 2006 and the first to clinch the Award.
Although Mr. Chan has been working mainly in tropical environments of Asia, he has been described as one of the new breed of Singapore architects. “Cosmopolitan”, “globally aware”, “overseas graduate”, “an elegant finalist”, were some of the terms used by the Jury to describe Mr. Chan. He has developed an architectural language using a distinctive interpretation of 'modernism' and at the same time developed a strategy that incorporates the culture and the lifestyle of Singapore.
Some of his works, with the use of advanced technology, are a direct response to sustainability and environmental issues. He has also worked on several high rise apartments – an ubiquitous housing form in Asia. The detailing in his works are meticulous, simple and elegant. His understanding and interpretation of space is intriguing and developed with relation to one of the basic aspects of Asian architecture - unity between built form and nature, internal / external space and the pervading influence of landscape.
Not only is Mr. Chan a talented designer, he is also a contributor to the discussion of architecture. He has been recognised previously both nationally and internationally with prizes and awards particularly the RIBA International 2005 for Lincoln International.
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