Soo K. Chan

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Soo K. Chan
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Soo K. Chan – Profile
Soo Khian Chan

(1962-01-07) 7 January 1962 (age 57)
Penang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Alma materWashington University in St. Louis, Yale University
AwardsRIBA Award for International Excellence, SIA Architectural Design Award, ARCASIA Award, Singapore President's Design Award
PracticeSCDA Architects
ProjectsNational Design Centre
Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore
Soori Bali, Indonesia
Soori High Line, New York
OneKL, Malaysia
Lincoln Modern, Singapore
Soo K. Chan
Hanyu PinyinZēng Shìqián

Soo K. Chan (born 1962) is an 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.

Education and academic activities[edit]

Chan 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, Tamsui University, Taipei, University of Paris and Notre Dame University. He has been a part-time lecturer at the National University of Singapore since 1996. Chan cites Louis Kahn, Otto Wagner, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe as design inspirations.[2]

Accolades and mentions[edit]

Chan was the recipient of the inaugural Singapore President's Design Award. SCDA was awarded the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2016 for SkyTerrace@Dawson,[3] 14th SIA Architectural Design Award 2014 for the National Design Centre, the RIBA Worldwide Award in 2012 for OneKL and in 2003 for the Lincoln Modern, 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 recognised by Architectural Record as one of the Design Vanguard firms [4]

Chan 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.[5]

Chan and SCDA projects have also been featured in The New York Times,[6] Wall Street Journal, BBC News,[7] Financial Times,[8] and more. Chan was selected one of the "Top 20 People in NYC Real Estate" by the New York Post – Alexa,[9] Singapore Tatler's "100 People You Should Know in Asia" and The Peak magazine's "30/30 Game Changers."

Other projects[edit]

Chan has served on the Singapore Design Council and the Singapore Design Advisory Panel for the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Development Board.

He is listed as one of the designers of Poliform and has a line of furniture called Soori.[10]

Chan is also a developer for his debut NYC project Soori High Line [11] and is the owner-designer-manager of Soori Bali.[12]

Personal life[edit]

According to a Wall Street Journal article,[13] Chan was born and raised in Malaysia, on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khoo Kongsi in Penang. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife Ling (herself a designer) and their children. He is a wine aficionado, having designed his own cellar.[14]


  1. ^ "Soori Bali 峇里優質度假體驗". East Week. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
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