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PRESIDENT

Ar. Catherine Loke
BPD BArch(Hons) Melb MSIA MAPIEx mSCL(S)

CATHERINE LOKE obtained her BArch (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a Partner in Lander Loke Architects and Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Catherine has a deep interest in the economics of sustainability and what motivates human behaviour, and is somewhat known as a closet economist.  She also regularly speaks on Building Information Modelling (BIM), architectural practice and building contract matters.  She was the First Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Architects from 2018 to 2020, and was elected in 2021 to serve as a member on the Board of Architects Singapore for the term 2022-2024.

In recognition of her contribution to the industry, she was awarded the Women of the Built Environment Award at the RICS Awards 2020 Southeast Asia.

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VICE-PRESIDENT

Ar. Kuan Chee Yung
MSIA, GMAP, ACLP

KUAN CHEE YUNG is the Managing Director of CPG Signature Pte Ltd and Project Director of CPG Consultants Pte Ltd and has served as Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects from 2012 to 2019.He won the BCA-SGBC Green Architect of the Year Award 2017.

His projects like Solaris@OneNorth received Green Good Design Awards 2010, BCA Green Mark Awards 2010 (Platinum), SIA Architectural Design Awards 2011 (Honourable Mention), PAM Awards 2011 (Gold), CTBUH 2012, RIBA International Design Award 2012, LEAF Awards 2014 (Outstanding), and BCI Asia Awards 2015.

He trained in Virtual Design & Construction at Stanford University and Biosafety Laboratory Design at Harvard University.

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SECRETARY

Ar. Darren Benger
BArch(Hons) MSIA FSIArb mSCL(S) MAPIEx mSPM

DARREN BENGER received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1995, and registered with the Board of Architects, Singapore in 2001. Since 1996 Darren has resided in Singapore, and he is currently the Managing Director of VivATA Pte Ltd, an architectural practice.

In line with a keen interest in construction law, and experience as an expert witness and expert determinator, Darren has been involved in the Singapore Institute of Architects’ contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution committees, Society of Construction Law (Singapore) Council, and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He now seeks to extend this into novel and responsible inputs to a new economy with conditions conducive to authentic human sustainability.

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TREASURER

Ar. Leong Tatt Man
MArch MSIA

LEONG TATT MAN is Director at Tierra Design Studio Pte. Ltd. He is of the opinion that the design solution can only be as good as the design brief itself.

Even though Tatt Man has led numerous planning, architecture and landscape design projects successfully throughout his career in OD 205 (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Architects 61 Pte. Ltd. and Tierra Design Studio respectively, he remains skeptical that the construction industry under the current economic model will lead us to a better future in the long run, as proven by signs of global warming and pollution. To address this existential issue, he believes that all stakeholders must work together selflessly to increase our chance of survival as a species. After all, there is only one Mother Earth.

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COMMITTEE MEMBER

Er. Chan Chi Fai, Ricky
Fellow IES, MIET, PEng(Elect), CEngEr

RICKY CHAN is Founder and Director of ANR Design Engineer Pte. Ltd., a Professional Engineer (Electrical) registered in Singapore and a Chartered Engineer (UK). He is a fellow member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), and served as Council Member and Chairman of the IES Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Technical Committee from 2019 to 2021. As Head of Infrastructure (MEP) for Southeast Asia operations, his projects include the Rapid Transit System Link between Singapore and Malaysia, Singapore Downtown Line Stage 1 MRT Stations, Opera House and Ba Son Underground Railway Stations for Ho Chi Minh Metro, Vietnam, Singapore Marina Bay Cruise Centre, and Modernization of Brunei Airport Terminal.

In 2021, Ricky and his team completed an innovative digital design development for “A system and method for generating a mechanical and electrical services design scheme for built environment projects” under the Enterprise Development Grant supported by Enterprise Singapore.

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Anil Changaroth
FCIArb FSIArb FPIArb FAiADR

ANIL CHANGAROTH is a Conflict Avoidance, Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice and Online Dispute Resolution practitioner, an accredited Mediator; a Restorative Justice practitioner; an Adjudicator and Arbitrator. He is an Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore (1995), a Solicitor of England and Wales, qualified as Barrister at Law (Middle Temple of England & Wales, and holds a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration, Kings College London and National University of Singapore (2006) with his first career as an Infantry Officer with the Singapore Armed Forces (1983-8).His practices spanning Asia Pacific include ChangAroth Chambers LLC and ChangAroth InterNational Consultancy.

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Ar. Daniel Mei
MSIA GMAP

DANIEL MEI is a Singaporean Architect, Director of IDM Group, Principal Architect of IDM Architects and Shing Design Atelier in Singapore. He is also a Corporate Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects and a Green Mark Accredited Professional with the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).

Daniel has over 25 years of international working experience in master planning, architecture, interior design and project management in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Past projects include Shanghai Platinum Tower (with NSP Pte. Ltd.) which won the Design & Construction Excellence Award, i.e. “Lu Ban Jiang”, in China, and Villa Riviera in Ho Chi Minh City (with DP Architects) which won the Golden Dragon Award in Vietnam.

His design philosophy is a mixture of primary values that guide the design process with a sustainable approach and timeless design. In the new era of climate change, digitalization, and post-globalization, Daniel has also adopted a content-building design strategy and community-engagement methodology.

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Ar. Benjamin Henry Towell 
RIBA FRICS MSIA CEnv GM AAP

BENJAMIN TOWELL is a multidisciplinary built environment professional and policy maker. He has played a leading role in the development of Singapore’s environmental policy landscape over the last decade, including the development of Green Mark (Singapore’s Green Building Rating Tool) and its associated policy levers, directing the response to advancing net zero energy through the Super Low Energy (SLE) Programme and the public sector’s roadmap for climate action (GreenGov.SG).  

Benjamin has been very active in key professional bodies and advocacy groups within the built environment, including the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a part of its Governing Council, the Chair of the Presidential Nominations Committee and member of the Lord Bichard Review steering group. He is the author of the Singapore Institute of Architects Green Book advocating the profession’s approach to climate action, and was the past Chair of the World Green Building Council’s Rating Tool Task Group where he authored the Global Quality Assurance Guide for Green Building Rating Tools, as well as advising on the development of other international rating tools.

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Larry Yeung
MArch

LARRY YUENG is a designer and community organiser who is a strong advocate for participatory and community-centric design in Singapore. He is currently the Executive Director of Participate in Design, a non-profit design organisation that advocates for meaningful citizen participation and participatory design in Singapore. Since his graduation from the National University of Singapore with a MArch, Larry’s portfolio of participatory-based projects include neighbourhood planning, public space design, and community art installations. Some notable projects include the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme at Tampines North, as well as the Arts@MacPherson programme.

Larry has also been recognised as a World Cities Summit Young Leader in 2021, honouring him as one of the change-makers shaping the global urban agenda, as well as a recipient of the BCA-CPG Industrial scholarship and the URA Urban Design prize in 2014.

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