The Ong Siew May Professorship in Architecture was launched in January 2000 to honour the many contributions of one of Singapore’s most prominent architects and late former First Lady of Singapore, Mrs Ong Siew May. The Professorship was made possible with generous gifts from the Ong family and other corporate and individual donors.
The Ong Siew May Professorship is the first endowed chair professorship established in the NUS Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment. It enables the Department to appoint world eminent practitioners, academics and emerging architects to work with the department to address challenging issues on architecture, Asian urbanization; to explore collaborative developments for new solutions to create design excellence. The Professorship will enable exploration of culturally and aesthetically critical, technically wise approaches to better living environments.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
Professor Kazuyo Sejima (Yokohama National University) and Professor Ryue Nishizawa (Keio University), world renowned architects, are the Professorship’s first Distinguished Visitors. They made visits between August and November 2003 to teach the 4th year Architecture studio, delivered an inaugural lecture and a series of public lectures on their recent works. In their inaugural lecture, Professor Sejima and Professor Nishizawa presented their design approaches to projects which included the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa, Japan; Dance Theatre in Almere, the Netherlands; Centre IVAM in Valencia, Spain; the Glass Museum in Spain and the School of Art Zollverein in Essen, Germany. The visiting professors also participated in a discussion on academia and practice with NUS design staff. Work done during the visits was documented in the Ong Siew May Professorship 2003 publication.
Distinguished Lecture Series
The Ong Siew May Distinguished Lecture Series, funded from this professorship fund, was launched as part of the Department of Architecture’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2008 on the theme “Sustain/ability”. The speakers were
- Mr Huat Lim / ZLGDesign (Malaysia) on “Durability” / 12.09.2008
- Mr Rick Joy / Rick Joy Architects (USA) on “Suitability” / 31.10.2008
- Mr Marc Simmons / Front Inc (USA) on “Constructability” / 07.11.2008
- Mr Winy Maas / MVRDV (Netherlands) on “Radicality” / 09.12.2008