Head's Message


Design questions the present and explores the future. It involves the process of translating a vision into reality. Through constant evolution and innovation, the practice of architectural design promotes well and green environments by utilizing new technologies and forward-thinking spatial planning skills, while remaining rooted in the social, cultural and climatic context of the locale. The department of architecture at the National University of Singapore champions design excellence in teaching and research within a full spectrum of study and research programmes in urban planning, urban design, landscape design, architecture and sustainable design. We embed teaching in research and research in teaching by encouraging collaboration across research clusters and student enrolment in modules from different programmes. Most importantly, innovative and inclusive design exploration and production is at the core of all our teaching and research programmes. Additionally, NUS architecture takes advantage of the wide-ranging expertise NUS has to offer, by providing a platform for learning and research in collaboration with other disciplines.

The pace of globalization and rapidly increasing integration and interaction between societies means schools of architecture around the world must be, and are, concerned with both global and local issues, and making projections that suit global and local conditions. NUS architecture is no exception. Singapore is the hub of ASEAN, a vibrant region with strong economic and infrastructure development. ASEAN, with the third largest population and fifth largest GDP in the world, offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a sustainable and livable environment for the future economy. Other major economies in Asia, such as China, Japan, Korea and India, are also rapidly urbanized and developed and face the same challenges in environmental design. NUS architecture collaborates with institutions within these regions and globally in both teaching and research, to seek out spatial possibilities for the future. I welcome all to come explore with us.


Puay-Peng Ho  
Professor & Head of Department