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SIA Gold Medal 

Open for nomination


The SIA Gold medal is the highest honour the Singapore Institute of Architects bestows on a senior architect to recognise his/her lifetime contribution to architecture and his/her distinguished service to the architectural profession. He/She would have attained a respected standing in the society and has made sustained and substantial contribution to architecture and the profession.


Mr. Tay Kheng Soon

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2010

Mr. Tay Kheng Soon was among the first batch of architects to graduate from Singapore Polytechnic’s architectural school in 1964. Known for his strong viewpoints and forthright approach to architectural issues, Mr. Tay has been described as having “a way of thinking laterally that challenges the norm.”

Mr. Tay started his professional career with Malayan Architects Co-partnership set up by Lim Chong Keat, his teacher and mentor, and later established Akitek Tengagara in 1976. He has long been an advocate of buildings that are appropriate to a tropical environment, and his designs such as KK Hospital, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Bishan and Serangoon Gardens Country Club, all display this sensitivity to place and environment.

Mr. Tay is also an advocate for improving and enlightening strategies in the conduct of architectural competitions that include dialogue with relevant authorities. This approach led to increased professionalism in the way that competitions were conducted.

He served as SIA’s President from 1991 until 1993.

Just as he is known for his architectural contributions, Mr. Tay is equally appreciated for his academic approach, having researched and published important papers presenting his ideas about architecture and urban planning.


Mr. Tan Cheng Siong

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2013

A Fellow (Life) of SIA, Mr. Tan Cheng Siong played an active role in SIA in the 1980s. During this period, he held different positions including Vice President, Chairman of SIA Constitution Committee, Council Member, and was appointed to lead teams to prepare the two DGPs commissioned by MND in 1991/1992 and 1997.

He designed Singapore’s first super high-rise housing, the iconic Pearl Bank Apartments, as well as the first condominium, Pandan Valley. His practice has put together diverse and groundbreaking concepts in condominium design. Serving as an Advisory Member to the Planning Committee of Shenzhen since 1986; he had been instrumental in introducing the concept of condominium housing to China in the mid-90s and continues to design pioneering landmarks in many cities in China. For his contributions in China, he was honoured with the title, “Father of Luxury Housing”.

Mr. Tan was an External Tutor, then an Adjunct Professor and External Examiner to the School of Design & Environment, Dept. of Architecture - National University of Singapore. He has shared his knowledge and rich experience through many lectures, talks and papers on topics related to urban planning, architecture and the building industry.

Besides receiving the sixth SIA Gold Medal, Mr. Tan Cheng Siong was also awarded the President’s Design Award in 2012.

He served as a Vice President of SIA from 1984 to 1986, Chairman of SIA Constitution Committee from 1982 to 1984 and a Council Member from 1982 to 1985.


Mr. Lim Chong Keat

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2015

Mr. Lim Chong Keat was born in Penang, and educated at Penang Free School, University of Malaya, University of Manchester, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester (1995-2004), and as the Quatercentenary Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1995). Mr. Lim was the PAM Gold Medallist in 1997, and the recipient of the SIA Gold Medal in 2015.

Mr. Lim was active in SIA, Singapore Polytechnic School of Building & Architecture, CAA, Arcasia, and the Housing and Development Board. He practised under Malayan Architect’s Co-partnership and Architects Team three, and served many advisory roles in education and urban planning. Two of his projects were gazetted as national monuments - Singapore Conference Hall (2010) and Jurong Town Hall (2015).

He retired from active practice in 1995, and has served advisory roles in education and urban planning. He has served as Chairman of the Malaysian Forestry Research & Development Board, FRIM (2001-2004), and has been dedicating himself to botanical research, inter alia, and currently in the publishing of the journal Folia malaysiana, and with the Suriana Botanic Conservation Gardens in Penang. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

He served as SIA’s President from 1967 to 1969.


Mr. Alfred Wong

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 1998

The first recipient of the Gold Medal, Alfred Wong was among the first overseas-trained architects to return to Singapore in the last days of Colonial rule, and set up his own practice in 1957.

Mr. Wong introduced a modernist approach at a time when no buildings could be described as ‘modern’ in Singapore. These projects include The Marco Polo Hotel, Singapore Polytechnic Campus, The Catholic Junior College, St. Joseph’s Institution and St. Patrick’s Secondary School. Perhaps his most notable contribution to the modern face of Singapore was the innovative and iconic National Theatre.

He is one of the founding members of the Singapore Institute of Architects, playing an active role in creating an independent professional organisation. The youngest President of the SIA, he served for an unprecedented 4 terms between 1962 and 1966.

Mr. Wong is also recognised for his contributions to education. He served as a member of the Singapore Polytechnic School of Architecture and advocated that architectural training should be transferred to the university. He worked as Chairman of the newly-formed Board of Architectural Education to establish the terms of reference and criteria for the recognition of the School. It was in large part due to his commitment that the NUS School of Architecture received formal recognition from RIBA/SIA.


Mr. Alan Choe

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2015

Mr. Alan Choe’s professional career has been closely linked to public service. He was the Housing and Development Board's first architect-planner and founder of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

At URA, he created opportunities for architects and developers to participate in competitions to bid for URA tender sites, resulting in the construction of office towers, mixed-use buildings, hotels and condominiums that would otherwise not have been possible through private land sales.

He undertook comprehensive urban renewal and redevelopment of Singapore’s central areas and played a key role in the master planning of the Old Raffles Institution, Kallang Sports Complex and Sentosa.

For his contribution to education, Mr. Choe received the Service to Education Award from the Ministry of education in 1996. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, including four National Day awards.


Ar. William S.W. Lim

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2017

Ar. William S.W. Lim was educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Harvard University in the 1950s. Upon returning from his studies, Mr. Lim began an illustrious career that spanned 4 decades.

He established several firms with different partners in his professional practice, including Malayan Architects Co-Partnership in 1960. The firm produced some of the best modern architecture in Singapore, such as the Singapore Conference Hall and Trade Union House (gazetted as a national monument in 2010).

Under Design Partnership, the firm was lauded for introducing ‘Brutalism’ to the region with their projects such as People’s Park Complex (1972), Golden Mile Complex (1974).

Under DP Architects, restructured from Design Partnership, Mr. Lim explored postmodernism with projects such as Church of Our Saviour (1987), Marine Parade Community Centre (1999) and The Gallery Hotel (2001), which were completed after he left to form William Lim Associates in 1982.

The prolific writer authored 13 books, edited 2 volumes and published numerous articles. Mr. Lim wrote and lectured on a wide range of subjects relating to architecture, urbanism, urban planning in Asia as well as on current issues relating to the postmodern, cultural identity, glocality, and social justice.

Ar. William S.W. Lim will be remembered for his urban activism, intellectual discourse on architecture and inspiring mentorship.


Ar. Tang Guan Bee

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2006

Ar. Tang Guan Bee began workin as an accounts clerk in a rubber processing factory at Ngee Soon. He later considered a career in architecture and graduated from the Singapore Polytechnic School of Architecture in 1970.

After a grand tour to study the architecture of Europe, Mr. Tang set up Tangguanbee Architects in 1984. His innovative, cutting-edge designs were frequently featured in international publications. Mr. Tang won the first SIA Eco Housing Competition in 1995, which was part of the Institute’s drive towards ecologically sustainable architecture. In 2001, East Point at Simei and The Gallery Hotel on Robertson Quay were nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Mr. Tang played an active role in SIA’s development and activities. He served as a Council Member from 1984 to 1986 and transformed the then-journal of the Institute (SIAJ) into the highly acclaimed Singapore Architect magazine.

Mr. Tang was a mentor to the younger generations of architects through his 20-year teaching career at the NUS School of Architecture.


Ar. Liu Thai Ker

Awarded SIA Gold Medal in 2001

Ar. Liu Thai Ker is recognised for enhancing the prestige of the architectural profession, dedication to architectural education, and a role model for younger architects.

Dr. Liu spent 24 years in public service, serving as the chief architect and chief executive of the Housing Development Board, as well as chief planner and chief executive of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. He made adjustments to the URA Concept Plans that included formulating a methodology to prepare Development Guide Plans’ clarifying regulations, speeding up the approval process and consolidating the conservation guidelines and gazetted building list.

An equally dedicated commitment to education is evident through Dr. Liu’s long involvement with the NUS School of Architecture. He served on the Advisory Committee of the School between 1981 and 2000, and the now-restructured School of Design and Environment. He has played a key role in the curriculum development for architectural education in Singapore.

Dr. Liu is as well known for his involvement with and contribution to the arts as he is an architect, having served in advisory roles with the National Heritage Board and the National Arts Council.

Jury Panel

SIA Gold Medal Award Selection Committee, comprising eminent persons and architects within the profession will assess the nominations and submit its recommendations to Council for approval. The following are members of the SIA Gold Medal Award 2023 Selection Committee:


Mr Mah Bow Tan

Mr Mah Bow Tan was an elected Member of Parliament of Singapore's Tampines Group Representation Constituency 1988-2015. He served in the Government holding various portfolios since 1988: Minster of State (Trade and Industry), Minster of State (Communications and Information, Minster for Communications, Minster for the Environment and the Minster for National Development, where he served from 1999 until 2011, when he retired from Government.

As Minster for National Development since 1999, Mr Mah guided Singapore's physical development through sustainable land use planning and urban development. Mr Mah spearhead the conceptualisation and implementation of Singapore's downtown development, Marina Bay. He set up and co-chaired the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Sustainable Development (IMCSD), which published the blueprint for Singapore's sustainable development to cultivate Singapore as an efficient, clean and green city state.

Mr Mah also led the Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-City project, a Government - Government project by China and Singapore established in 2008 to develop a city which is sustainable, scalable and replicable.

Mr Mah is currently Distinguished Advisor to the Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore and Chairman of GlobalCities Consult Pte Ltd, a consulting entity.. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


Ar. Tan Cheng Siong

Chairman, Archurban Group; Principal, Archurban Architects Planners Pte Ltd; F(L)SIA (Gold Medal); FSIP

Mr. Tan Cheng Siong is a serial trailblazer in Singapore’s architecture, urban planning and landscape design over the last 50 years. His seminal works are Pearlbank, Pandan Valley, Condominiums, the design and planning of DGPs - Jurong East (1991) and Pasir Ris 21 (1997). He was Advisor to the Shenzhen Planning Committee in the 80s and early 90s, and in the 80s he introduced Condominium Housing to China.

In recent years, he promoted Skyland, championed Voluntary Conservation, suggested plans to revitalise Kallang River and transformation of Singapore’s existing waterways into “River Front Homes”. Then came Creative Conservation postulating 3 ʻgold mine ̓s (Pearlbank, People’s Park Complex and the Pinnacle) and 3 parks (Pearl’s Hill Park, Duxton Plain Park and VMJ Park) amalgamated into a distinct creative urban district. In advocating Owner Development Plan (ODP) for existing condominium communities to continue and to provide them with updated facilities, amenities, places and spaces, he also emphasized creating community connectors and super connectors to ensure ownership security for sustainable Public and Private Housing. In this way, Pandan Valley and many Condominiums may be saved. In his recent feedback, he proposed to Draft Master Plan 2019 to include Community Connectors and Owner Development Plan for Condominiums.

In 2012, he received the President’s Design Award, the prestigious SIA Gold Medal in 2013 and the Pioneer Architect Award in 2015.


Ar. Melvin Tan

President of the Singapore Institute of Architects, 62nd Council

LAUD Architects is an award-winning boutique practice, having received several awards including SIA Design Awards, HDB Design Awards, Finalists in World Architecture Festival and most notably President Design Awards for their projects, Sparkletots by PCF (2020) and DECK (2015).

In 2017, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore chose Melvin as one of the “20-under-45” recipients, selecting him as one of twenty prominent architects under the age of 45.

He has served on design panels and juries, notably, as World Architecture Festival Judge in 2014 and recently on the jury for URA’s Paya Lebar Airbase Ideas Competition in 2020. He also sits on the Investigation Panel of the Singapore Board of Architects (BOA).


Mr. Tay Kheng Soon

Tay Kheng Soon was a practicing architect registered in Singapore and Malaysia and was Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore.

He was President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) from 1990 to 1993. Received the SIA Gold Medal in 2010 for achievements in architecture and the profession. His design of Golden Mile Complex was accorded Preservation Status by URA in 2021.

His pioneering concepts are: the Tropical City Concept, Urbanisation of the rural poor through development of the BOP economy and through urbanisation of the countryside, the Modular City Concept for compact Peri-Urban settlements of 100,000 each.

He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and member of the World Ekistics Society on the science of human settlements. WAAS was started by Einstein and Bertrand Russell in the 50’s.

A believer in experiential learning, he was conferred by the Scout Association of Singapore its Gold Medal for distinguished services to Scouting in Singapore.

His collected writings, “Big Thinking on a Small Island” edited by Dr Kevin Tan and Alvin Tan was released early 2021.  Another book. “Thoughts on Asian Architectural Education: Activist Architecture Tay Kheng Soon was released in 2021 by Epigram Books. His E-Book, “Modern Asian Design Thinking” was issued on in 2022.

He is rethinking the economy and eco-regional urbanisation in the production of viable living choices against the limitations of neo-liberal urbanism. He is committed to a re-balanced rural-urban economy harmonizing the Mechanized and the Humanized Economy and their ensuing cultures.


Dr. Wong Yunn Chii

Honorary fellow of the Department of Architecture, College of Design and Engineering at NUS

He was faculty member and Head of the Department from 2006-2016, and a founder-director of the AUN-ADERA, a university network for architectural education and research in ASEAN.  He has served on many design award review panels, including SIA and URA-AHA. He curated three national exhibitions on architecture, and mounted two presentation of Singapore architecture at the Venice Biennale International Exhibition on Architecture. He is serving on the Streets and Building Naming Board, the PSM Advisory Board and the Kong Meng San Park Khor See Monastery Facility Development Committee. Between writing and enjoying the lovely surrounds of Singapore's built environment, he is an avid birder.

Principal Criteria

The principal criteria for assessment by the SIA Gold Medal Award Selection Committee are:

Achieved a sustained and substantial body of work of architectural excellence and that either directly or indirectly he/she has promoted the advancement of architecture.

Attained a respected professional standing in society, with personal integrity, and that he/she may be considered an ‘ambassador’ for the profession.

Demonstrated leadership qualities that provide direction and enhancement for the prestige of the architectural profession, as well as serving as a role model that will inspire other architects.


The SIA Gold Medal recipient will receive a special sculpture, to be revealed later.


The SIA Gold Medal recipient shall be requested to give a lecture focusing on his works and contribution to the architectural profession.


The SIA Council is pleased to invite nominations from SIA Members for the SIA Gold Medal Award 2023. All nominees must be SIA Members and who support the objectives and activities of the Institute.

The Council may, at its discretion, support, deter or reject any nomination received and/or make additional nominations, and shall not be bound to give any reason or specify any ground for doing so.

All nominations must be made on the SIA Gold Medal Nomination Form, to download, please click here.

Completed Nomination Form with all related materials should be submitted to

Closing date for nomination is 12 noon on 28 Feb 2023.