Student Achievements - 2013

Design Competitions


[ December 2013 ]

Architecture student Srisaravanan Subramaniam received the RIBA Commendation for Dissertation from RIBA President Stephen Hodder.




[ November 2013 ]

Architecture students Chua Ming Zhi, Terence and Ng Si Han won the First Prize for the "Mount Faber Ideas Design Competition".

This competition is organised by the Mt Faber Group, supported by Design Singapore, Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) and Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA).

"The Mount Faber Ideas Design Competition was organised to generate fresh ideas for a more vibrant Mount Faber – which currently houses a cable car station, restaurants, event venues and retail. The competition gave tertiary students from all design disciplines an opportunity to re-imagine Mount Faber, and form a rejuvenated pulse on top of the hill. The proposed ideas had to place emphasis on 3 main design concepts, (1) improve accessibility and connectivity to and from the main street level, (2) provide a holistic master plan which integrates all offerings, both existing and new at Mount Faber Park, and (3) optimise the utilisation of spaces to enhance park-visitor experience and encourage community activities."

The scheme was also exhibited at Archifest 2013.

More information can be found here.


[ October 2013 ]

MLA students won several prizes in different categories of the SILA Student Awards 2013 (Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects). The MLA tutors Hwang Yun Hye and Joerg Rekittke congratulate all individual students and winning teams. The work on Hanoi had been conducted in the frame of the Vertical Cities Asia competition in collaboration with NUS students of architecture and urban design.


[ September 2013 ]

Team comprising of Department of Architecture students and alumni won the BIM competition in the Architecture-Educational category.

Team members:

Company/Institution’s Name:
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
BCA Academy (BCAA)

Team’s Members:
Sim Yunwei, Adriel [Team Leader] (NUS Alumni)
Ho Li Shan (NUS Alumni)
Joshua Loh NUS
Pristine Chan NUS
Sky Lo Tian Tian (NUS Alumni)
Virginia Goh (NUS Alumni)
Tan Chun Liang (NUS PHD student in Building Science)
Elyas Fadhillah Goh (SP)
Jared Soh Boon Meng (BCAA)
Cho Chung Man (NUS Alumni)

Using BIM to explore how a series of concave and convex curves can create a large span roof structure capable of high building performance – in terms of energy, ventilation and structure.



[ August 2013 ]

The NUS Department of Architecture is pleased to announce the recipients of The Drawing Prize 2013.

The commendations are in the hand drawn and digital drawn categories.  The recipient will share a monetary award and receive a commendation certificate.  Additionally, all participants in The Drawing Prize were eligible to participate in a special drawing workshop conducted in late July.

Please join the department in commending:

Hand Drawing

Ng Si Han


Haemal Nair S/O Vijayan Nair


Digital Drawing

Phoaw Yen Shan

Tan Jing Xiang


Team NUS came in 7th out of 19 teams at the Solar Decathlon Competition 2013 held in China.

From Dr Huang Yi Chun::
"I think the students did a stellar job given they did this extracurricular, and had much less time and external contractors than other teams. The Aussies came in first, I counted 7 faculty and 38 students when they went on stage. We did well in most categories except the juried categories of engineering and architecture. The main reason is the difference in sensibilities, but I do think it is important to base this project on our Asian context (our "house" is a section of a high rise building)....Several parents visited and they are very proud of what the students have achieved, and convinced of the educational experience this project provided."


Year 3 Architecture student Baey Yan Ling voted Best Poster at the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference held at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands in July. It had 54 students and 14 staff members from 21 partner universities. The multidisciplinary theme of the conference was "Urban Challenges: building healthy, smart & creative cities for the future." Representatives came from a many different universities from all over the world: UK, USA, South Africa, Japan, China and Hong Kong.  

For the conference, Yan Ling presented on the theme "Urban Food Waste: How to Increase Food Waste Recycling in Singapore".


[ July 2013 ]

Vertical Cities Asia 2013. Team B from NUS came in third for their entry titled “The Collective City.” Organised by the NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE), the annual competition is sponsored by international philanthropic organisation World Future Foundation Ltd (WFF) and the Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation.

Team B - Third Prize Winner

Lee Kah Ling Sheralyn
Li Jin Mu
Ye Zi

Team B's winning design, "The Collective City"

Team A

Lew Teck Kiong, Melvin
Seow Cong Ming, Shawn
Lim Jing Hong, Brandon
Chan Yan Tao, Eugene

Team A's design, "Synapcity"


[ May 2013 ]

Architecture alumni Lim Chu Hwai won Award of Merit and Award of Excellence in the 2013 SARANY Design competition.

Award of Merit: Exposing Inner Metabolism

The main program of this design is a mediatheque with in-house media laboratory and media disposal chamber. This project aims to demonstrate the life cycle of media items through 3 stages of producing, consuming and disposing in its architectural design.

This project aims to demonstrate the life-cycle of the building itself - how the life-cycle of the old existing buildings could be extended and reconnected with another beginning of the new building life-cycle. Resource life-cycle & sustainability are of main concerns to this design, in line with the spatial expression it seeks to achieve - a raw and industrial building - a de-constructivist approach to design.

Award of Excellence: Spatializing the 6m Wide Borderline

This project aims to stand as a critique to the growing social issue of NIMBY and social polarization due to the development of the two regions - the Borderline then serves as the conscientious spatial mirror between the two states within the very space that separates them.



The team from Dept of Architecture won Second prize in the Lixil International University Architectural Competition (organized by JA and LIXIL Japan). Team members – Tsuto Sakamoto,  Firus Fizal, Zakiah Supahat and Chaw Chih Wen. They attended the open judging session in Japan.

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[ April 2013 ]

Year 4 student Mandy Oeni won the Tenth Annual BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowship Competition 2013. Mandy will travel from Singapore to Chicago, USA, to attend the“Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good” exhibition; and then on to New York, USA, to participate as a volunteer at the “FIGMENT” participatory art festival, and to study universally accessible places in the area. (For more event information, see Spontaneous Interventions and FIGMENT)

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NUS SDE (School of Design & Environment) students win big at green building contest! Team Greenworks clinched the first prize at the second BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition held recently. Congratulations to Architecture students Louis Lim (Year 3) & Lai Chin Wee (Year 2) who are in the team. Click here for more information.

[ February 2013 ]

Architecture student Lim Zhi Rui won commendation for WISE, the ninth international CAA Student Design Competition. The jury awarded seven commendations to a group of schemes that all reflected a generally high level of thought and inventiveness of approach. Each manifested particular qualities and added to the richness of debate on how to respond to the needs of elderly people across a range of geographically and socially diverse locales from Australia, Bangladesh, China, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda and the UK. Click here for more information.


[ January 2013 ]

Architecture students Chen Shunann, Quek See Hong, Leon Yzelman, Lynette Liew and Terence Chua won the Special Jury Prize for Best Urban Amenities in the 2013 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition. Click here for more information.