New work on the shelves: Interviews in d+a magazine

You can’t miss it … It’s bright orange and features a very shiny house. It’s Singapore’s d+a magazine, issue 65, and it’s on sale now!

I had the honour (and great pleasure) of interviewing the two recipients of the President’s Design Award Singapore 2011 ‘Designer of the Year’ accolade for this issue of d+a.

My conversations with Tang Guan Bee (Tangguanbee Architects) and Chan Sau Yan Sonny (Chan Sau Yan Associates, or csya) revealed two very different architectural characters who share a singular passion for their work that remains after decades of practice.

Our conversations spanned topics ranging from humour in architecture, to tropical highrise, to the activities of the Singapore Planning and Urban Research group (SPUR) in the 1960s and ’70s, and much more. It was a privilege to gain first-hand insights into the past and present of their practices, and to collate their comments for d+a‘s readers.

I thank these icons of Singapore’s architectural scene for sharing their views and experiences in so welcoming a manner. Congratulations to them both for their most deserved honours!

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