As the recipient of numerous awards, including four National Day awards, Alan Choe became the third Gold Medal Recipient. His professional career has been closely linked with the Housing Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) as the founder and first General Manager.
It was in his capacity as General Manager of the URA that Choe helped create opportunities for architects to participate in competitions to bid for URA tender sites. This made possible numerous opportunities for architects and developers to bid for sites for the construction of office towers, mixed use buildings, hotels and condominiums that would otherwise not have been possible through private land sales. Choe has also played a key role in the master plans for the Old Raffles Institution, the Kallang Sports Complex, Sentosa architectural guidelines that both preserved the environment and allowed the development of hotels, and played a central role in the development of Sentosa Cove.
Choe’s educational involvement began as a lecturer with Singapore Polytechnic between 1960 and 1962. He is also closely concerned with Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College, serving on the Advisory Committee between 1970 and 1987, and then as a member of the Board of Governors until 1996. That same year he received the Service to Education Award from the Ministry of education.
His contribution to the community has led to Choe becoming actively involved in both public and private organisations. Among other roles he has served as a Board Member for the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board, Board Member for Sentosa Development Corporation, and for Jurong Town Corporation. He was Chairman for both Sentosa Cove Pte. Ltd, and for the NTUC Pasir Ris Resort. He has also served as Director NTUC Income.