Conference Program | Convergence : Crossroad in Singapore

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“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

Padang Deck - National Gallery Singapore , 1 ST. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

18:00 On-site Reception starts

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


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Tradition and Innovation

Day 1

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Download Walking Tour Routes and Info Day 1

Day One: Nov. 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

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker: Jaime Von Klemperer FAIA/ KPF-NY –  "DESIGNING NEIGHBORHOODS: Local culture and Global practice" 

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 Presentation: Hwang Yu-Ning, URA, “Planning Singapore”

11:15-12:15 Presentation: Soo K. Chan, AIA, SCDA, “Tradition & Innovation: Essence of Place”

12:15-13:00 Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00 Panel Discussion: Singapore’s Model of Urban Development. 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 “URA White Room”

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 2

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Day Two: Nov, 03. 2018


National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

8:00-9:00  Keynote Speaker: Prof. Illa Azaroff, AIA/ +Lab – "Living by the numbers in the 21st century.  Proactive or Reactive"

9:00-10:00  Presentation: Dr Ken Yeang, FAIA Hon./ TR Hamzah & Yeang  – "Eco architecture and Eco master planning: Experiments, Theory, and Design Ideas"        

10:00-10:15  Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 Presentation: Richard Hassel/ WOHA – "Garden City, Mega City – Strategies for the 21st Century Sustainable City”

11:15-12:15 Presentation: Isandra Matin/ Andramatin, “Architecture Archipelago”

12:15-13:00 Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00 Panel Discussion, Moderator Yew Kee Cheong, AIA/ AIA IR Board, 

Prof. Illya Azarof, AIA/ +Lab, 

Dr Ken Yeang, FAIA Hon. / TR Hamzah & Yeang,

Richard Hassell, 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

SKAI BAR - SWISSHOTEL: 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882

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 3

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Download Walking Tour Routes and Info Day 3

Day Three: Nov. 04, 2018


National Design Center, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

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

8:30-9:00 AIA International Presidents Presentations

9:00-9:30 Memorandum Of Commitment - Sustainable re-commitment

9:30-10:00 Panel discussion I : Place Making Framework, Moderator: Christine Bruckner, FAIA I AIA IR 2014-15 President

Ms. Margaret Brooke, Hon AIA HK


Ms. Rita Soh, SIA PP, President-elect ARACASIA I RDC MD

Mr. Gregory Yager, AIA, AIA SH PP I RTKLCallison

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:00 Keynote Speaker: Yoko Kinoshita/ ADH architects "How Can Architectural Design Contribute to Wellness and Place-making – Seeking Clues through Society and Environment"

11:00-11:30 Panel discussion II : Wellness Frame work, Moderator: Christine Bruckner, FAIA I AIA IR 2014-15 President

Ms. Samantha Allen, WELL AP MPH, Director, IWBI

Ms. Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2015 AIA President I Richter Architects

Mr. Chris Chan, AIA I AIA SH PP I MRY Architects

Ms. Cassia Patel, WELL AP I TOS:CTE Standard


11:30-12:00 Workshop - Break Out Table- roundtable discussions

12:00-12:15 Table topic Summaries and Next Steps

12:15-13:00 Lunch Buffet

13:00-14:00 Presentation: Sam Oboh FAIA/ AECOM - "Nuances and Nudges: Impactful Placemaking through Allegories, Anecdotes and Architectural Communication"

14:00 Conference Closing Reflections

14:15-15:45 Bus leaves National Design Center to HDB Dawson Estate. Building Tour: Sky Terrace @ Dawson

15:45-16:45 Bus to Enabling Village. Building Tour: Enabling village

16:45-17:45 Bus to Henderson Waves. View of Bridge and Southern Ridge.

17:45 Bus to designated hotel - Swisshotel the Stamford.

18:45 Dinner on your own.

“ 18 AIA CES LU’s, All “Face-Face”, many HSW as well tbc”

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.