Soo K. Chan

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Soo K. Chan (Soo Khian Chan or Soo Chan)
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Soo K. Chan - Profile
Born (1962-01-07) 7 January 1962 (age 54)
Penang, Malaysia
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation Architect
Awards RIBA International Prize 2012 for One KL
RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2012 Shortlist for One KL
President’s Design Award, Singapore, 2006
SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006
RIBA International Prize 2005 for Lincoln Modern
The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
Practice SCDA Architects
Projects National Design Centre, Singapore
Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore
Alila Villas Soori, Bali
Singapore High Commission, Delhi
The Marq
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.

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/Oceania, Africa, Europe, and America.

Soo K. Chan is currently working on three residential towers in NYC, including two over the High Line Park (Soori High Line and 515 W.29th Street) and 118 E. 59th Street. Soo is both the architect and developer of Soori High Line.

Education & Academic activities
Soo obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington University and Master of Architecture degree at Yale University. 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. In October 2015, Mr. Chan was appointed Professor of Architecture (Practice) at the National University of Singapore.

Architectural style
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 cites Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn and Tadao Ando amongst his design inspirations.

Accolades & Mentions
Soo K. Chan was the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize 2012 for One KL, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2012 Shortlist for One KL, the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year, the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006, the RIBA International Prize 2005 for the Lincoln Modern, and nine Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards. In addition, SCDA was awarded the 14th SIA Architectural Design Award 2014 for the National Design Centre, the ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2011-2012 for Dhoby Ghaut Green, and the Gold Award from the Miami Biennale 2005 International Competition for The Ladyhill. SCDA was recognized by Architectural Record as one of the Design Vanguard firms.[2]

Soo was conferred as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects in recognition for his standing in the profession and advancement of architecture. His works have been published in international architecture and design journals and books, including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Interni, Lotus, Monument, World Architecture and SURFACE.[3]

Soo and SCDA projects have also been featured in The New York Times,[4] Wall Street Journal, BBC News,[5] Financial Times,[6] and more. Soo K. Chan was selected one of the "Top 20 People in NYC Real Estate" by the New York Post - Alexa,[7] Singapore Tatler's "100 People You Should Know in Asia" and The Peak magazine's "30/30 Game Changers."

In 2004 and 2013, Images Publishing produced monographs of SCDA works. SCDA projects have also been presented at the Venice Biennale 2004 and The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2010 and 2011 consecutively.

Other projects
Soo has served on the Singapore Design Council and the Singapore Design Advisory Panel for the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Development Board. Soo is also part of the Panel of Designers for Poliform in Milan.[8]

Besides architecture, Soo K. Chan has also expanded his repertoire to different aspects of lifestyle – being the owner and designer of Alila Villas Soori (Bali) a luxury resort featuring Soori Living (a range of modern contemporary furniture) and Comptoir Soori, a wine bar and epicerie located at the ground level of Art Deco rowhouses of SCDA’s headquarters in Singapore. Soo is also currently working on a scent.[9]

Personal life
According to a Wall Street Journal article,[10] Soo K. Chan was born and raised in Malaysia, on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khoo Kongsi in Penang, Malaysia. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife Ling (herself a designer) and their children. He is a wine aficionado.


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