Staff Achievements - 2011


[ August 2011 ]

Prof Heng Chye Kiang received two awards conferred by the President of Singapore, S.R. Nathan, on the occasion of Singapore 46th National Day Celebrations:
1> Public Administration Medal (Silver) [Pingat Pentabiran Awam (Perak) ] MOE &
2> Public Service Medal [MND]

[ May 2011 ]

Mr Cheah Kok Ming received from NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan the highest accolade in teaching in the university - The University Educator Award. This year saw 4 awards in this category. Mr Cheah's award is particularly special - it is the first for the School of Design and Environment. Mr Cheah was also inducted as a Fellow into NUS Teaching Academy. Among other roles, as a Fellow, Mr Cheah Kok Ming will "spearhead efforts in promoting excellence in teaching and learning at NUS, and provide leadership in educational initiatives such as teaching and learning master classes and mentorship schemes."

[ April 2011 ]

Dr Imran Bin Tajudeen is awarded the ICAS Book Prize 2011 for the best PhD paper in the field of Social Sciences at the ICAS-AAS Joint Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on 2 April 2011. The award winning theses Constituting and Reconstructing the Vernacular Heritage of Maritime Emporia in Nusantara: Historic Adaptation and Contemporary Accentuations will be published with the ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) Publication Series under Amsterdam University Press.

Award Citation, ICAS Book Prize 2011 Best PhD, Social Sciences

Constituting and Reconstructing the Vernacular Heritage of Maritime Emporia in Nusantara is a rich and nuanced study of urban architectural forms in the ports of Austronesian Southeast Asia. In particular, the port cities of Nusantara have been shaped by both the regional diaspora and intra-regional trading and shipping networks, making them a uniquely dynamic - and challenging - environment for study. Imran bin Tajudeen's reading offers a number of useful interpretive interventions into the scholarship on native architecture, not only reading "artefacts as texts", but "texts on artefacts", incorporating the dimension of time both in terms of the "predicament of ruination" and in terms of the writing and transformation of history in heritage and preservation projects. Imran bin Tajudeen's work offers a new reading of the Asian urban built environment as a vernacular practice, continually being interpreted and reconstructed by local, state and regional actors, and therefore constantly in need of a creative and responsive scholarly approach. For its theoretical originality, its contributions of data from the field and its potential for advancing Asian studies scholarship, we are very pleased to award Imran bin Tajudeen the ICAS Best Thesis Prize in the Social Sciences.

Please click here to read the abstract.