12 designers and designs recognised for outstanding achievements at Singapore's President’s Design Award 2011

11 November 2011
Singapore – The President of Singapore and the new patron of Singapore’s top design award, Dr Tony Tan, bestowed the honours to 12 designers and designs at the President’s Design Award ceremony on 10 November. This award is the highest accolade conferred to an individual or organisation in the field of design in Singapore. It honours the achievements and contributions of designers and designs that have made a difference to the lives of Singaporeans and to the larger global community.
Singapore – The President of Singapore and the new patron of Singapore’s top design award, Dr Tony Tan, bestowed the honours to 12 designers and designs at the President’s Design Award ceremony on 10 November. This award is the highest accolade conferred to an individual or organisation in the field of design in Singapore. It honours the achievements and contributions of designers and designs that have made a difference to the lives of Singaporeans and to the larger global community.
 
“A good diversity of design projects were represented in this year’s award.  The projects display great breadth: from a mega-complex that provides a dynamic setting for vibrant public life, to a tiny component concealed within home appliances.  The range of works that received recognition is testament to how much design can improve our lives,” said Mr Robert Tomlin, Chairman, President’s Design Award Steering Committee and Chairman, DesignSingapore Council.
 
Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said, “In striving to create liveable cities, quality architecture and urban design complement sound urban planning to address new challenges in sustainable development and lifestyle needs. I am happy to note that we are seeing a higher quality of architectural design works over the years. We need to continue to push up the level of quality designs in Singapore. This year’s recipients are a testament of the high level of design we want to encourage. Their works inspire us as individuals and bond us together with their creations of delightful public spaces. I am excited about the future of Singapore’s architecture and urban design.”

“Design-driven innovation is possible when designers adopt a user-centric approach throughout the entire creation process.  By making detailed observations of the users in context, gathering and incorporating user insights into every part of the value chain, businesses are able to generate new value for their customers and can access previously untapped markets.  The recipients of the President’s Design Award are role models who have attained high standards in what they do by keeping this laser focus on their users,” said Mr Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council.
 
Administered by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the award has two categories – Designer of the Year andDesign of the Year. Two individuals and 10 designs have been conferred the respective awards this year.

The two Designer of the Year recipients are:
  • Chan Sau Yan Sonny

Principal
Chan Sau Yan Associates
  • Tang Guan Bee

Principal
Tangguanbee Architects

The 10 Design of the Year recipients are:

  • 26 Cable Road

ip:li architects
Yip Yuen Hong

  • 1000 Singapores – A Model of the Compact City

Khoo Peng Beng
Belinda Huang Wan Jing Agnes
Assistant Professor Erik G. L’Heureux
Assistant Professor Florian Schaetz (and Team)

  • Dyson Digital Motor

Dyson, Singapore
Low Yee Cheok (and Team)

  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Lee Soo Khoong (and team)

  • Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore

Moshe Safdie International LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
Moshe Safdie (and Team)
In collaboration with
Aedas Pte Ltd
Tony Ang (and team)

  • Pryde Group Bicycle Design Development

BMW Group DesignworksUSA
Magnus Aspegren (and team)

  • School of the Arts

WOHA Architects Pte Ltd
Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell (and team)

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

Kerry Hill Architects Pte Ltd
Kerry Hill (and Team)

  • Streetwave Swaveboard

Streetwave Pte Ltd
Imran Othman

  • Underscore Magazine

Hjgher
Justin Long (and Team)
 
The main exhibition of the President’s Design Award 2011 will be held at ION Orchard from 12 November to 27 November 2011.  Following that, the exhibition will travel to the URA Centre and exhibit from 1 December 2011 to 10 February 2012.  A specially-curated exhibition will also be presented as part of the SPACE Asia Hub’s opening programme from 12 November to 11 December 2011. 



For more information:

DesignSingapore Council
Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts
140 Hill Street
5th Storey MICA Building
Singapore 179369
F +65 6837 9686

Chiu Fong Yee
E:
T: +65 6837 9302

Frances Kong
E:
T: +65 6837 9314
 

About the President's Design Award

The President’s Design Award is Singapore’s highest honour accorded to designers and designs from all design disciplines. It recognises the significant contributions and achievements of an extraordinary group of people who are making a difference to the lives of Singaporeans and to the lives of the larger global community. The recipients are the standard bearers for design excellence, models for future generations of designers to match and exceed. As these standards permeate into the consciousness of society, they bring about a greater general awareness and appreciation of quality design.
www.designsingapore.org/pda.
 

About the DesignSingapore Council

The mission of the DesignSingapore Council is to develop Singapore into a global city for design where design innovation drives economic growth and enhances the quality of life. DesignSingapore promotes and develops the design industries as a creative cluster, encourages the adoption of design by enterprises and nurtures a climate of co-creation and innovation through design. The DesignSingapore Council is the national agency for design and is a part of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
www.designsingapore.org