Curriculum Vitae

Name: Dr Tan Puay Yok
Present Appointment: Associate Professor

Contact Information: 
Department of Architecture 
School of Design and Environment 
National University of Singapore 
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566 
Tel: (65) 65163531 Fax: (65) 6779 3078 
SDE 3:02-28

Research Areas:
Functional Performance of Urban Landscapes
Urban Greenery Solutions for the Built Environment
Urban Ecology
Teaching Areas:
Dissertation (MLA)
Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques (MLA)
Plant Science and Horticulture (MLA)
Integrated Design Studio (Msc ISD)
Academic/Professional Qualifications:
PhD (2002), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
B. Horticulture Science and Technology (First Class Honours) (1993), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):
Patent: Development of modular-bioretention system (US provisional application 61/552,740)
Patent: A plant housing device (200905150-9)
The Institution of Engineers of Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award (2008)
National Day Awards, Singapore: Commendation Medal (2005)
Career History:
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (2012-present)
Deputy Director/Research, Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (2009-2011);
Assistant Director/Research, National Parks Board (2002-2008)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Officer, Cornell University (2000-2001)
Assistant Director/Horticulture (Acting), Singapore Botanic Gardens (1997-1998);
Curator, Parks and Recreation Department (1995-1996)
Administrative Leadership:
Programme Director (Ag), Masters of Landscape Architecture. Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (2015-)
Co-Programme Director, Masters of Science in Environmental Management. School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (2014-2016)
Research and Teaching Group for Landscape Studies Leader (2014-)
Organizing Committee, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress, Singapore (Urban Ecology and Exhibition), 27-28 Jun 2011
Organising Committee, International Skyrise Greenery Conference, Singapore, 1-3 Nov 2010
Professional/Consulting Activities:
Review Editor for Urban Ecology Section of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2015-)
Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Ecology (2015-)
Editorial Advisory Board, Landscape and Urban Planning (2013-)
Advisory Board Member CITYGREEN (2014-)
Co-Founding Editor, CITYGREEN (2010-2011)
Assistant Editor, Gardens Bulletin (2005-2010)
Reviewer: Building and Environment; Landscape Research; Arboriculture and Urban Forestry; Urban Forestry and Urban Greening; Cities; Environmental Science and Policy; Landscape and Urban Planning
Reviewer: National Environmental Research Council (Valuing Nature Programme), United Kingdom (2016)
Technical Reviewer for MITACS, Canada (MITAC Accelerate research proposal) (2014)
Reviewer: National Research Foundationís Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge Grant Call (2014-)
Reviewer: National Research Foundationís Competitive Requests for Proposal
MND Research Fund for the Built Environment Technical Evaluation Panel (2007-2010)
Advisory and Judging Panel Member for Landscape Challenge competition, Singapore Garden Festival (2016)
Chief Judge, Landscape Industry Association of Singapore Awards of Excellence, 2013
Online Jury Panel. Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards, 2013
Design Advisory Panel (Urban Redevelopment Authority), Jurong Lakeside District (2011)
Judging Panel, Green Wave Environmental Competition (2005-present)
Judging Panel, Landscape Industry Association of Singapore Awards (2007, 2009, 2011)
Landscape Design & Horticulture Advisory Committee (LDHAC) member, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore (2015-)
Singapore Science Centre Steering Committee: Infrastructural Sub-Committee member (2014 - )
Planning Appeals Inspector (Ministry of National Development (2013-)
International Expert Panel, UN Conventional of Biological Diversity for development of City Biodiversity Index (2009-2011)
Major Publications (Maximum of 3):
Tan, P.Y., Ismail, M.R.B. 2014. Building shade affects light environment and urban greenery in high-density residential estates in Singapore. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.13, 771-874
Tan, P.Y, Abdul Hamid, A.R. (2014). Urban ecological research in Singapore and its relevance to advancement of urban ecology and sustainability. Landscape and Urban Planning. 125, 271-289
Tan P.Y, J. Wang, A. Sia (2013). Perspectives on five decades of the greening of Singapore. Cities. 32: 24-32.
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Updated: 20 July 2016