Conference Program | Convergence : Crossroad in Singapore

“CONVERGENCE: CROSSROAD IN SINGAPORE” will examine three threads of convergence over three days: “Tradition and Innovation,” “Resilience and Sustainability,” and “Wellness and Place-making.” Each day will examine a theme led by a keynote speaker and a moderated panel session to conclude each daily subtheme presenter. The aim is to offer insights to key issues, challenges, trends and exemplary projects, on both global and local levels. This conference promises an engaging discourse featuring best-of class practitioners, leading architects and planners, industry leaders, academics and thought leaders on conversations relevant to the state of the architectural profession. In addition, design and cultural tours are conceived to offer greater insights into award-winning innovative projects that are contemporary and culturally significant.


Pre-Conference Day Nov. 01, 2018

National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

18:00 On-site Reception starts

18:30-20:00 Welcome reception and On-site Registration


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Tradition and Innovation

Day One

Day OneNov. 02, 2018


National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

7:30-8:30 Registration  

8:30-8:40 Welcome Thierry Paret, FAIA, AIA IR President

8:40-9:00 Open Remarks by Bill Bates FAIA, AIA Pres. Elect 2019 and Thomas Vonier, FAIA, UIA President, AIA Past President

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker: Jaime Von Klemperer FAIA/ KPF-NY

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 Presentation: Speaker TBA

11:15-12:15 Presentation: Soo K. Chan, AIA, SCDA

12:15-13:00 Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00 Panel Discussion: Moderator Thierry Paret, FAIA/ AIA IR President, Jaime Von Klemperer, FAIA/ KPF-NY, Soo K. Chan, AIA/ SCDA, Shiou Hee Ko, MSIA/ K2LD

14:00-15:30 Bus leaves National Design Center to Bukit Pasoh, past Chinatown. Walking tour around historic conservation areas of Bukit Pasoh, Duxton Park, Pinnacle, Tanjung Pagar towards URA Center.

15:30-16:30 Building tour of URA Center- City Gallery and “White Space”

16:30-18:00 Walking tour towards Ann Siang Hill, Amoy Street, Teluk Ayer and finish at Tanjung Pagar MRT.

18:00 Optional subway (MRT) to designated hotel Swisshotel the
Stamford, i.e., Tanjung Pagar MRT station to City Hall MRT (below
Swisshotel the Stamford, Raffles City)

18:30 Dinner on your own

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Resilience and Sustainability

Day Two

Day TwoNov, 03. 2018


National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

8:00-9:00  Keynote Speaker: Prof. Illa Azaroff, AIA/ +Lab

9:00-10:00  Presentation: Dr Ken Yeang, FAIA Hon./ Yeang & Hamzah    

10:00-10:15  Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 Presentation: Richard Hassel/ WOHA

11:15-12:15 Presentation: Isandra Matin/ Andramatin

12:15-13:00 Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00 Panel Discussion, Moderator Yew Kee Cheong, AIA, Prof. Illya Azarof, AIA/ +Lab, Dr Ken Yeang, FAIA Hon. / Yeang & Hamzah, Richard Hassel, MSIA/ WOHA, Isandra Matin, IAI/ Andramatin

14:00-15:15 Bus leaves National Design Center to Marina Bay Sands. Walking Tour of Marina Bay Sands and walk to Gardens by the Bay.

15:15-17:15 Gardens by the Bay. Depart by bus to designated hotel. Swisshotel the Stamford.

17:30 Arrive at designated hotel - Swisshotel the Stamford..


Awards and Gala Dinner

National Gallery SG: 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957

18:30-20:15 Cocktail reception

20:15-21:00 Dinner

21:00-21:30 AIA IR Awards

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Wellness and Place-making

Day Three

Day ThreeNov. 04, 2018


National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

7:30-8:40  IR Board Meeting @ National Design Boardroom

8:40-9:00  AIA IR Unassigned Member Presentation 

9:00-10:00  Keynote Speaker: Yoko Kinoshita/ ADH architects

10:00-10:15  Coffee Break

10:15-11:15  Presentation: Sam Oboh FAIA/ AECOM

11:15-12:15  Presentation: Greg Yager FAIA/ Calliston RTKL

12:15-13:00  Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00  Panel Discussion: Moderator Dr. Christine Buckner, FAIA/ Moser Associates, Greg Yager, AIA/ Callison-RTKL, Chris Chan, AIA/ MRY Architects

14:00-15:30  Bus leaves National Design Center to HDB Dawson Estate. Building Tour: Sky Terrace @ Dawson.

15:30-16:30  Bus to Enabling Village. Building Tour: Enabling Village.

16:30-17:30  Bus to Henderson Waves. View of bridge and Southern Ridge.

17:30  Bus to designated hotel - Swisshotel the Stamford.

18:30  Party (By-invite) 


post conference add-on  Nov. 5-7, 2018

3-day program in Bali, Indonesia - TBA. *Does not include Air transportation.  

Conference space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Proof of membership status is required.

  • Registration is for the conference ticket only. Fees include all education programs and activities as indicated in the conference program.
  • Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
  • Program subject to change as needed by AIA International.

AIA International Region shall in no event have any liability to registrants based on claims for indirect, special, or consequential damages of any type whatsoever, and shall bear no other obligation of any type except as expressly stated herein. AIA International Region reserves the right to cancel this conference and shall refund registration fees as applicable.

    Refund policy:

    • 30 or more days before the conference - 100% refund
    • Less than 30 days before the conference - 30 % refund
    • During the conference - no refund.