Research Cores

Asia Research Focus – Our Faculty publications, the problem sets in our research-driven studios revolve around the key and strategic issues facing Asian countries.

Anticipating new demands and new kind of cities that will emerge throughout Asia, the Department addresses critical issues in design explorations and planning solutions.  They engage with the contemporary reality of “borderless” economies and technological advancements. Asia’s unique pressures to house, educate, and engage large populations provide NUS Architecture a set of design and research agendas formed by critical insights into uncharted territories of knowledge and experience. In this regard, the Department’s research focus responds to these emergent conditions through its four core research areas:

  1. 1. Design Technologies
  2. 2. History, Theory and Criticism
  3. 3. Urban Studies
  4. 4. Landscape


Sustainable Urban Development [Design Technologies]
The research group examines issues related to sustainable urban forms and developments in Asia, and in particular to the conditions of the Tropics. It researches on the relationship between human and natural landscapes, and on traditional and emerging technologies that will contribute to a new understanding of the human ecosystem.

Asian Modernity [History, Theory & Criticism]
Architectural heritage and modernity are the core focus of the research group. These themes are critically examined under contemporary settings; the global as well as the local contexts; and inter-disciplinarily. Issues covered include cultural identity, subjectivity, continuity, post-coloniality and place- and space-making.

High Density Asian Cities [Urban Studies]
Asian Urbanism relates to the effort to understand the distinctive characters of cities in Asia. There are various facets and each facet with its own unique problem: habitation and mobility are two examples. The research group attempts to understand the complexity of the East Asian cities and the implication of rapid urbanization on the liveability and the environment. The vision is to develop high capacity models to cope with demands and implication of high-density physical development.