International Orientation – Our programme nurtures cross-cultural, cross-border sensibilities through a wide range of Student Exchange Programs (SEPs), overseas enrichment programs (OEPs), joint studios and workshops.
These collaborations, in the form of sponsored studios and research, joint workshops, field trips, hands-on projects, have enriched our students’ academic experience and also expanded the stable of our research undertakings. And overall, more than 30% of student cohorts have experienced at least one instance of short overseas studies (2 weeks) to a full semester of exchange with peer and aspirant overseas universities.
Presently, under its new initiatives to promote meaningful internships, NUS Architecture has obtained placements in reputable professional practices in China for all the students participating under its China Design Studio (CDS) programme in Suzhou. Recently acquired endowments would further encourage students’ placements in the best design practices.
NUS Architecture has the distinguished of collaborations with governmental agencies, statutory boards, social interest groups and overseas universities.
- Through International Forum on Urbanism (iFoU), NUS Architecture participates with the top European and Asian universities in discussing contemporary urban issues through researches and conferences.
- As a founding member of (modern Asian Architecture Network (mAAN, 2000) and Asian Coalition of Architecture and Urbanism (ACAU, 2004), NUS Architecture supports the “mind space” of Asian schools in developing educational leadership in Asian urbanism and critical studies of “modern” heritage in Asia.
- As a founder of inTA(International Network on Tropical Architecture, 2004), networking platform for international researchers and practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other about problems and solutions pertaining to architecture and urban design in the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, because of the shared climatic imperatives and opportunities in like regions. Tropical Architecture refers to man-made architectural and urban environments relating to the climatic and natural conditions of the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, and interacting with various local specifics of culture, urban fabric and technology.
- As facilitator of the inaugural ARCHIPRIX SEAsia 2012, with the support of Hunter Douglas Asia, NUS Architecture brought 11 regional schools of architecture to explore the “innovative use of technology in tropical architecture design.”
- As founder of the Great Asian Streets Symposium (GASS, 2001) NUS Architecture established the “Asia-based node of excellence on networks of ideas and results of research projects that focus on Asian cities”.
- Design and research collaborations in the past and present with government agencies: the Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), Housing & Development Board (HDB), Building Controls Authority (BCA), National Parks Board (BCA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
- Actively supporting Service Learning of NGOs: Gawad Kalinga (GK) Manila, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE-Phnom Penh), STEP (Step to End Poverty)