Design Competitions


Architecture Design Competition has been promoted by the Institute as early as the 1960s. Over the years, many notable buildings have been built through the design competition process

Our Service

  • Appoint a member architect to prepare a proper detailed Design Brief. The appointed architect will prepare the brief in close consultation with relevant personnel from the promoter
  • Prepare the terms and conditions to be packaged together with the design brief for the competition
  • Recommend and select jury panel
  • Organise the competition, which will include promoting to all our members and to all registered architects in Singapore. This is done through circulars, SIA Newsletter and SIA website
  • Provide all necessary administrative support in organizing the design competition.

Click the following to learn more on the SIA Design Competition Rules

Archi-Skin Design Competition

Supported by Luxx Newhouse, the latest competition organized by the committee is the Archi-Skin Design Competition.

The Skin is a complex organ that extends as the key interface between the inside and the outside. It also extends inwards and transforms into tissue that in many ways define what the organism is.

In Architecture, its “Skin” has a similar role. It protects, it extends, it negotiates with the environment to affect the spatial quality within as well as the urban context without. It can also be an armature and stratum for a multitude of systems. From living systems to system to convey people and services. It also can also swell out to accommodate an in-between zone that in itself is another space.

In the increasingly complex role in which the urban metropolis plays in natural ecology the design of the Architectural Skin becomes crucial. It cannot just be the boundary of an object. It needs to transcend and mutate to be relevant.

This design competition aimed to be a platform for the consolidation of the best examples of Architectural skin as well as the place for the ideation of what Skin can be for Architecture.

The judges are:

  • Mr Ashvinkumar (Past President and Chairperson for Design Competition Committee, Singapore Institute of Architects)
  • Associate Prof Erik L’Heureux (Associate Professor, NUS Department of Architecture)
  • Mr Jimmy Tong (President, Luxx Newhouse)

13 entries were received, of which 3 were selected to receive an ‘Honourable Mention’ at the presentation ceremony.

  • Past Design Competitions organised by SIA since the 1990s
    • 1997: Maybank Headquarter Redevelopment
    • 1997: The Board of Commissioners Currency of Singapore Headquarters
    • 1999: Marina Line Stadium and Museum Stations
    • 2000: SMU
    • 2005: The NUSS Alumni Complex
    • 2007: scape* Youth Complex
    • 2008: Tampines Town Council – Neighbourhood Renewal Programme
    • 2010: A&A for the Al-Ansar Mosque
    • 2011: Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)
    • 2011: Punggol Mosque (Al Islah Mosque)
    • 2012: OUE Artling ArchiPavilion
    • 2012: Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre (BPHC)
    • 2013: Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS)
    • 2016: St John’s Home For Elderly Persons
    • 2017: Archi-Skin Design Competition
    • 2019: Founders’Memorial International Architectural Design Competition

Design Competition Committee 2019-20

Chairperson: Cheong Yew Ke
Advisor: Ashvinkumar
Member: Lim Cheng Kooi