1st SUTD-NUS PhD Symposium in Architecture 2021

Monday 26th April 2021
Singapore University of Technology and Design, 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372
Building 1, Level 4, SUTD Library Space*

The SUTD-NUS PhD Symposium in Architecture is the first of its kind between the Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar (ASD) at SUTD and the Department of Architecture (DoA) at NUS. It aims to foster exchange in architectural research and engage the Singapore academic and professional communities in critical conversations on the status quo of the discipline.

PhD programmes in both universities have been steadily growing over the past years and the symposium builds on this growing interest and reinforces the criticality of higher degrees by research in architecture.

* To reach the venue, go to Lobby F in Building 2 on the ground floor, check in and take the elevator to level 3. Cross the bridge to Building 1, Lobby C. Go up to level 4 in Lobby C, the entrance to the library space on level 4 is opposite the elevators in Lobby C, along the facade facing Building 2.


Registration and Introductory Remarks

Registration, 9am
Introductory Remarks, 9.15am

Parallel Session 1

The Infrastructural Coast: Exploring Temporality in the Architectural Section
Wong Zi Hao, 9.30 – 9.50am
Adaptability of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management: Perceived values, Adoption and Sustainability in Maintenance
Jihye Lee, 9.55 – 10.15am
Digital Post-Participation Data Transformation: Intervention-Driven Design Learning for Informed Urban Design Processes
Cem Ataman, 10.20 – 10.40am

Break 10.40 – 10.55am

Towards Design Solution Space Interpretation: A New Paradigm of Architectural Generative Design
Chen Jielin, 11.00 – 11.20am
Research on Future Urban Space Driven by Disruptive Technology
Zhu Yuanwei, 11.25 – 11.45am
Design Space Exploration
Ling Ban Liang, 11.50 – 12.10pm

Peter Ortner, Rudi Stouffs, Bige Tuncer, Zdravko Trivic

Parallel Session 2

Design Testing: Solar Wind Façade for Buildings
Lampson Leung Chi Lam, 9.30 – 9.50am
Visualizing the indoor thermal environment: A method based on spatial interpolation
Yifan Song, 9.55 – 10.15am
A Quantitative Study for Indoor Workplace Biophilic Design to Improve Health and Productivity Performance
Lei Qinghua, 10.20 – 10.40am

Break 10.40 – 10.55am

Innovations in your Neighbourhood: Are We Ready for the Future?
Wee Keng Boon, 11.00 – 11.20am
Integrated solution on urban heat island based on urban morphological understanding: a study in PLAB, Singapore
Zhang Liqing, 11.25 – 11.45am
Effect of audio-visual interaction on soundscape assessment in urban context
Lu Yichun , 11.50 – 12.10pm

Michael Budig, Eddie Lau Siu Kit, Yuan Chao, Zheng Kai

Lunch Break

Parallel Session 3

Mapping urban heat island accounting for anthropogenic heat and the elderly distribution for resilience urban design
Zhu Wei, 1.30 – 1.50pm
Place Attachment among HDB Communities at Displacement
Nirit Rivka Ellenbogen, 1.55 – 2.15pm
Cultural Rhizome: Analyzing the Assemblage Patterns of Creative Placemaking in Two Communities in China
Xue Xuan, 2.20 – 2.40pm

Break 2.40 – 2.55pm

Healthy living in Low-income households of Singapore
Kanchana Sokkalingam, 3 – 3.20pm
A review of built-environment diversity: quantitative features and social impacts
He Zhuoshu, 3.25 – 3.45pm
Life in urban spaces continuum: the synthetized effects of urban fabric and ownership in a case study of retail areas
Ling Mengzhi, 3.50 – 4.10pm

Chong Keng Hua, Rudi Stouffs, Yuan Chao

Parallel Session 4

A Language of Virtual Space
Daryl Ho, 1.30 – 1.50pm
Reframe of design brief in Architecture
Chiu Poh Heng, 1.55 – 2.15pm
Designing Singapore’s competitive advantage through short design sprints
Mulla Faiz Nazir Ahmed,, 2.20 – 2.40pm

Break 2.40 – 2.55pm

Tensions Between Space and Memory: Movement and Mobility in Digitally Reconstructing the Bawean Ponthuk
Hadi Osni, 3 – 3.20pm
Heritage and the Spatial Notions of Nation Building and National Identity in Jakarta and Singapore
Pia Praptidita Suratman, 3.25 – 3.45pm
Integration and Decomposition, ways towards modernization
Qi Huiyang, 3.50 – 4.10pm

Eva Castro (until 2.30pm), Eddie Lau, Arlindo Silva (until 3pm)

Closing Remarks

Details 4.10 – 4.30pm

Organising Faculty


Michael Budig
Assistant Professor
ASD PhD Coordinator 2018-2021


Rudi Stouffs
Dean’s Chair Associate Professor
Deputy Head (Research)

Particpating Faculty


Eva Castro
Professor of Practice


Chong Keng Hua
Associate Professor


Eddie Siu-Kit Lau
Senior Lecturer


Peter Ortner
Assistant Professor


Zdravko Trivic
Assistant Professor


Bige Tuncer
Associate Professor


Yuan Chao
Assistant Professor


Zheng Kai
SUTD Faculty Fellow

Host Institution 2021: Singapore University of Technology

PhD Programme

The PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is a programme for highly creative and motivated individuals who wish to engage in intensive research and scholarship related to the built environment. The number of students has steadily increased since then and the graduates have moved to positions at various internationally acclaimed institutions. The programme covers a broad range of subjects and represents the cutting edge of design investigation. Based on a multidisciplinary approach, it covers areas such as architecture, design technology, urban design, urban planning, and environmental studies, providing rich opportunities for diverse approaches of investigation. The programme is composed of researchers and scholars whose areas of expertise and study are closely related to the various academic curricula offered at SUTD.

Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar (ASD)

ASD is part of the young Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), which was established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The university opened its doors to the first students in May 2012. At ASD, we were given the rare opportunity to create a new school of architecture completely from scratch, unencumbered by legacy. Our challenge: How to design a brand new school of architecture as a tabula rasa? What should be its intellectual footprint as part of this larger new university, SUTD?

According to Professor Thomas Magnanti, SUTD’s founding president, SUTD was created with the mission “to advocate knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs, with a focus on Design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and multi-disciplinary research.” The multidisciplinary dimension of the university is deeply embedded in its structure. With no traditional departments, the curriculum is organised around four initial pillars with fluid boundaries. Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) is one of the four pillars, next to Engineering Product Design (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD), and Information Systems and Technology Design (ISTD). ASD thus derives its identity from its particular multidisciplinary context within SUTD, the university’s emphasis on technology and design leadership, and its specific geo-political location in Singapore.

National University of Singapore

PhD Programme

Over the years, research activities, including Graduate Studies, have taken on a prominence in the academic arena. The Department has managed to attract its fair share of graduate applicants and students even though the assessment criteria for entry are extremely stringent and competitive. As much as the Department wants a more rigorous system of inviting ideas and calibre, it also wants to cultivate an environment conducive for a research community and culture to be fostered. The aim is to distinguish the Department of Architecture as a unique hub for research in architecture centred on critical issues relating to Asia.

The Department of Architecture offers research study opportunities in Graduate by Research degree programmes leading to the Masters of Art (Architecture), the PhD in Architecture programme and the Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. We seek to be recognized for our design education and design research in Asian eco-urbanism with an inclusive social dimension. Current years have witnessed proactive efforts by the Department to collaborate with other research institutions and industry stake-holders in the PhD programme (sponsorship or co-supervision); for instance, the Future Cities Laboratory (Singapore ETH Centre), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, et al. Other recent initiatives have been the promotion of academic exchange of visiting graduate students and or scholars with overseas institutions, for instance, Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Italy.

Department of Architecture (DoA)

Led by a multidisciplinary and international faculty, NUS Architecture champions design excellence through a vision of ‘Architecture for Asia’. We advance impactful architectural solutions in the heart of Asia, and in the tropical centre of the world. Our design and research respond specifically to the challenges of the equator.

We are growing to meet the needs of our international student population and the rapidly evolving environment around us. We offer six different programmes including landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning and integrated sustainable design. Our faculty and alumni comprise prestigious award winners including the Singapore President Design Award, World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), International Architectural Award, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards, American Institute of Architects Awards (AIA), Society of American Registered Architect Awards (SARA) and Architectural Design Awards Singapore (SIA).

Supporting cutting edge architectural practice and research relevant to a global Asian context, NUS Architecture has a long-standing reputation as the top Asian architecture school, and one of the top ten schools in the world with professional architectural education excellence. We nurture inspired designers, informed practitioners, and engaged citizens. Situated in a large research intensive university, we combine the rigour of robust inquiry with creative design exploration to tackle urgent issues of the contemporary built environment. Located in-between three of the world’s most populous nations, our campus in tropical Singapore offers first-hand experience of the ebb and flow of Asia’s leading urban centres, and opportunities in the midst of a pulsating twenty-first-century capital city.