Soo K. Chan

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Soo K. Chan
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Born (1962-01-07) 7 January 1962 (age 52)
Penang, Malaysia
Nationality Singaporean
Awards President’s Design Award, Singapore, 2006
SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006
Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award for Lincoln Modern, 2005
The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
Practice SCDA Architects
Projects Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore
Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore
Alila Villas Soori, Bali
Singapore High Commission, Delhi
Lincoln Modern, Singapore
Andrew Road House, Singapore

Soo K. Chan, is a practicing architect based in Singapore. He is the founding principal and design director of SCDA Architects Pte Ltd, a multi-disciplinary firm engaging in the practice of Architecture, Interior, Landscape and Product Design. Soo obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington University and Master of Architecture degree at Yale University. In 2001, Soo coined the term "neo-tropical architecture" to describe his own style. The term has since worked its way into the academic architectural canon.[1]

Soo was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year and also the recipient of the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006. The practice was recognized as one of the Design Vanguard firms, redefining the Face of Architecture by Architectural Record USA. SCDA was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award for the Lincoln Modern in 2003, and also the recipient of nine Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. Soo was also conferred as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects as a recognition for his standing in the profession and advancement of architecture.

His works have been published in international journals and books including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Interni, Lotus, Monument and World Architecture. SCDA projects have also been presented at the Venice Biennale, 2004 and in recent times, The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2010 and 2011 consecutively.

He has taught in several international architectural schools including National University of Singapore, Syracuse University and has also lectured at Tamsui University, Taipei, University of Paris and Notre Dame University.

SCDA’s portfolio of projects includes master planning, resorts and hotels, high-rise luxury apartments, commercial and institutional buildings, and private homes, spanning cities over several continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and America.

Besides architecture, he has also extended his repertoire to different aspects of lifestyle – being the owner and designer for Alila Villas Soori, Bali, a luxury resort featuring Soori Living, a range of modern contemporary furniture and The Soori Spa, and the newly minted culinary arm – Bistro Soori, a restaurant located at the ground level art décor rowhouses of SCDA’s headquarters in Singapore.

Soo is also one of the design panelist for renowned Milan-based furniture brand, Poliform SPA, also known as The Salone Internazionale del Mobile. In 2007, Soo appeared in Tatler's selective Asia-wide list for the Top 100 People You Should Know In Asia. He has also been featured on the 300 List of the 2013 Singapore's power elite by the same prestigious Singapore Tatler Magazine.


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