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July 2018

Assistant Professor Hans Tan, Deputy Head of the Division of Industrial Design at NUS Design and Environment has been awarded the title of Designer of the Year at the 2018 President*s Design Awards (P*DA). One of only two recipients, Asst Prof Tan was honoured for his outstanding work in product and industrial design. Read more here: https://news.nus.edu.sg/highlights/hans-tan-named-designer-year

June 2018

The annual NUS Division of Industrial Design (DID) Graduation Show returned to the National Design Centre on 1 June with 49 innovative projects by DID’s graduating cohort and undergraduates, intended to make everyday challenges a little simpler. Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Associate Professor Christian Gilles Boucharenc, Head of DID at NUS Design and Environment, said that designers today are being confronted with new obstacles, domains and technology. “Since the beginning of our programme, DID has relentlessly tried to understand these new challenges in order to adapt our pedagogy and prepare our students for the reality of the industry…our strategy to challenge our students with a variety of projects through our various domains of expertise offered have birthed thesis projects covering a large spectrum of design fields,” he said. Read more...

March 2018

Catch a snapshot of the interview between Dr Christine Bruckner and Stephen Lyon (M Moser Associates), Professor Lam Khee Poh (Dean of SDE, NUS) and Bertrand Lasternas (National University of Singapore) and Simon Wild (Lendlease) on their sharing on the emergence of the WELL Building Standard in the region and its potential to help shape a healthier, more people-centric working culture. Article@2018 Cubes indesign magazine. All rights reserved. For a full version of the article, visit https://www.indesignlive.sg/happenings/cubes-issue-90-get-work.
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7 Feb 2018 - SDE Signs MOU on Collaboration with MANN+HUMMEL Group

The NUS School of Design & Environment has signed an MOU with leading global filtration specialist, MANN_HUMMEL on 7 Feb 2018 at the School of Design & Environment conference room. The School management committee was delighted to welcome Mr Thomas Fischer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at MANN+HUMMEL and Mr Jason Tang, Vice President, Intelligent Air Solutions and 5 other MANN-HUMMEL representatives at the signing ceremony.
This MOU Collaboration seeks to share knowledge, advance research and collaborate on areas of mutual interest, in particular, that of developing solutions for better indoor air quality and promoting human health and wellness in buildings, support research fellowships and student internship programmes, collaborate on design research on mutually agreed topics.

6 Feb 2018 - SDE Signs MOU on Collaboration with Kajima Corporation

The NUS School of Design & Environment has signed an MOU with Kajima Corporation on 6 Feb 2018 at the School of Design & Environment conference room. The School management committee was delighted to welcome Mr. Takaharu FUKUDA, Executive Officer, Kajima Corporation and Director, Kajima Technical Research Institute to attend the ceremony with 4 other Kajima representatives including Mr. Yuichi TAKEMASA, General Manager, Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore. This MOU collaboration seeks to share knowledge and research information, advance research and collaborate on areas of mutual interest such as that of promoting Total Building Performance, in particular, sustainability and human-centric approach in buildings and communities, support research fellowships and student internship programmes, collaborate on research on mutually agreed topics, and promote joint publications based on the results of research collaboration.

18 Nov 2017

Congrats to NUS Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) alumnus Kevin Chiam for being highlighted as honourable mentions for the Inaugural Progress Prize — which celebrates the next generation of design — and coming in top 10 out of 200 submissions from 92 universities at the 2017 Dubai Global Grad Show! Projects by Alex, and Xin Yuan, also NUS School of Design & Environment DID alumni, were also featured at the show. And a big thank you to Head of Division of Industrial Design, Assoc. Professor Christian Gilles Boucharenc and Senior Designer Mr. Willie Tay who led the trio to take part in one of the world's most emerging design show case. http://www.newswest9.com/story/36884175/global-grad-show-announces-winner-of-inaugural-progress-prize

6 October 2017 – A Tale of Two Cities
Watch SDE's Dean, Professor Lam Khee Poh, in his lecture and interview with the Centre for Liveable Cities. In the lecture titled "A Tale of Two Cities - Towards a Common Destiny of Sustainability and Resilience Through People-Centric Green Architecture", Professor Lam discussed two demonstrative building projects he had worked on – the National Library Building, Singapore, and the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Read more in CLC's Sep 2017 newsletter.

3 October 2017 - “FOSTERING MORE INCLUSIVE CITIES IN EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC REGION: Can Singapore offer useful lessons?”
You are cordially invited to join us as the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities co-hosts the Launch and Presentation of the latest World Bank report, Inclusive Cities, followed by a panel discussion, on Tuesday 3 October 2017, 1.30pm. The workshop will be held at School of Design and Environment LR424. Read more

18 September 2017 - BEMA Makes a $100,000 Top-up Donation to the BEMA Bursary

On 31 August 2017, Building and Estate Management Alumni (BEMA) made a $100,000 donation to top-up the BEMA Bursary, which was set up in 2013 to provide relief for undergraduates in need from Department of Building and Department of Real Estate. Read more

12 September 2017 - NUS SDE at the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2017

A number of SDE faculty, staff and students participated in the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2017’s Fun Walk and Vertical Marathon held on 9 September 2017. We are heartened to have taken part in the meaningful event which aims at promoting inclusivity, together with thousands of funwalkers from all walks of life on a beautiful Saturday morning. Special thanks to Mr K H Tan for his generosity in sponsoring our participation and for introducing us to the event!

8 September 2017 - Prof Lam, SDE Dean, appointed to the Delos Advisory Board

Further strengthening the relationship between Delos and NUS, Professor Lam Khee Poh, Dean of NUS School of Design and Environment, has been invited to serve on the Delos advisory board, which brings together leading physicians, scientists, designers, and sustainability professionals to provide strategic direction related to the health impacts of the built environment. Read more

2 August 2017 - SDE Signs MOU on Collaboration with Saudi Real Estate Institute

The School of Design & Environment at NUS has signed an MOU with the Saudi Real Estate Institute (SREI) in Riyadh. This took place during the launch of the SREI by H.E. Majed Al Hogail, the Minister of Housing of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 2 August 2017. Read more here.

12 July 2017 - Group Recipients of the Pioneer Architects (Lim Chong Keat) Prize

Seven students under the research direction of Associate Professor Joseph Lim won the prestigious Pioneer Architects (Lim Chong Keat) Prize for the most rigorous experimental thesis in architecture. It is the first time the University has awarded the prize to a group instead of individual students. Read more

11 July 2017 - International Executive Program in Project Management 2017 (14th  Batch) organized jointly by NUS and the University of Moratuwa

The Centre for Project Management and Construction Law, Department of Builfing, National University of Singapore jointly hosted the above program with the Centre for Excellence in Project Management, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka between 27th June and 7th July 2017. Read more..

15 June 2017 - NUS and IWBI to promote building designs that advance health and wellness

A toast to fantastic collaborations! With this Memorandum of Understanding, SDE and International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) will work together to create new knowledge about human health, well-being and performance in health-supportive environments, which is urgently needed for high-density urban living. Read more at http://news.nus.edu.sg/press-releases/NUS-IWBI-promote-building-designs .

05 June 2017 - NUS design students show their works, including kitchen tools for blind people

The 15th Graduation Show of the Division of Industrial Design (DID) at NUS School of Design and Environment, is held at the National Design Centre till 8 June 2017. It showcases the projects of 34 students who will graduate in July with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Industrial Design, as well as 24 projects by current undergraduates from DID. The report featured Folks, a series of kitchen tools that leverages on sensory feedback to allow people who are blind to prepare food safely and conveniently, which was developed by graduating student Mr Kevin Chiam. Another creation titled New Ways of Seeing Mobile User Interface for Baby Boomers, is a set of innovative visual elements that seeks to make mobile devices easier for the older generation to use, developed by graduating student Ms Lim Xin Yuan.
Read more at:

  • Lianhe Zaobao (zbNOW, Page 5)
  • Culturepush (3 June)
  • NUS Facebook
  • NUS News
  • NUS Twitter

  • 24 April 2017 - “Moving the World Forward”

    You are cordially invited to join us at SDE: The Guest Lecture series with Dr. Michael McQuade on Monday 24 April 2017, 4.30pm. The lecture will be held at School of Design and Environment (SDE) Lecture Room 423 (SDE3 Level 4). Please RSVP by 20th April 2017. Read more here

    Semester 2 AY2016/2017 Examinations

    The examination venues for SDE modules for semester 2 AY2016-2017 will be held at:

    • Multi-Purpose Sports Hall
    • College of Alice and Peter Tan Multi-Purpose Hall (CAPT-MPH)
    • U-Town Auditorium 2 for e-exams
    • U-Town Lecture Theatre 50 for e-exams

    Please click here to access the location map

    11 Apr 2017 - Ode to the heart land

    The Straits Times's "Ode to the Heartland" was a feature on three projects that explore different facets and angles of HDB flats and suburban neighbourhoods. One of the projects, by architect Mr Tomoshisa Miyauchi, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture; art educator Mr Tamae Iwasaki; and fine art printer Mr Eitaro Ogawa offers a look at the lives of HDB residents. Over three years, they photographed 118 households to show how each owner put his own spin on the interiors. The project resulted in a 680-page photography book HDB: Homes of Singapore, showcasing the everyday lives of Singaporeans in their HDB flats, which went on sale last month. Read more at here.

    11 Apr 2017 - Singapore's real estate industry

    Mr Davin Wang, a lecturer from the NUS Department Of Real Estate at NUS School of Design & Environment, spoke about five future trends that would be impacting the real estate landscape at the PropTech 2017 event by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange. Read more about his insights here.

    11 Apr 2017 - Congratulations!

    Congratulations to our SDE Class Ambassadors (CA) who were presented with their CA Certificate of Appointment by Professor David Cheong and a CA Kit from the OAR Director, Mr Bernard Toh at the Investiture!
    The event was not only a celebration of friendships forged, it also served a greater purpose in building lasting connections and keeping in touch with fellow alumni. Beyond keeping class members informed of the latest events and news about the University, the Investiture accorded recognition to them for providing leadership in class reunion, gatherings and events.

    5 Apr 2017

    Our heartiest congratulations to Marcus Lee, from Department Of Real Estate, who won a competition last Saturday to represent Singapore at the popular Sing! China (中国新歌声) television programme!
    Best wishes to you, Marcus! We will be rooting for you all the way!

    16 Mar 2017 - We are the World’s Top 10!

    Congratulations to Architecture/Built Environment in maintaining its 9th position! Bravo to all faculty and staff for all your contributions to this achievement! Let's look forward to the future, with our new and ongoing academic and research endeavours as well as our forthcoming new and improved facilities in SDE! Read more at http://news.nus.edu.sg/highlights/worlds-top-10-eight-subjects.

    16 Mar 2017 - Catch Prof Fung in Channel NewsAsia’s documentary, Challenge Tomorrow, titled “Adapting to Ageing”!

    Ever wondered how our ageing population is coping in our modern landscape? To understand better, watch the fourth episode of the Channel NewsAsia documentary, Challenge Tomorrow, titled ‘Adapting to Ageing’, where actor Joshua Tan went on a quest to find out how an ageing population is re-shaping societies in Japan, Australia, the United States and Singapore. This episode featured comments by Associate Professor Fung John Chye from the National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture at National University of Singapore, School of Design & Environment, where he shared how well-designed public spaces would encourage the elderly to come out of their houses to interact with the community and avoid social isolation. Watch it here

    7 Mar 2017

    Watch Channel NewsAsia's Confronting Climate Change for valuable insights from SDE Dean, Professor Khee Poh Lam, on how Singapore is innovating to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Along the way, Professor Lam also discussed how everyone's efforts to manage climate change is critical, because as he succinctly described, the snowball effect ensures every effort counts no matter how seemingly small it may seem!

    Watch it now at goo.gl/dArOMb!

    6 Mar 2017

    NUS News featured some of our NUS Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) students' works in the latest NUS Newsletter! Read more about their successful Kickstarter projects at here

    1 Mar 2017 - Heartiest congratulations to our awardees for their wonderful achievements - the rewards for their determination, resilience and perseverance!

    A huge thank-you to our donors and sponsors – the professional bodies, organisations and individuals – for your kind generosity and continued support of the School’s efforts to encourage our students to excel in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits! Do visit the link at here to view the photo for SDE’s School Awards Day 2017.

    07 Feb 2017 -Professor Oscar (SDE, National University of Singapore) at CNA Singapore Tonight!
    In Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, Professor Oscar (SDE, National University of Singapore) talks about how Singapore has to adapt its urban planning and landscape to be ready to meet the future needs of our population, economy, businesses and visitors. Do visit the link at here to learn more!

    26 Jan 2017 - Educating for Sustainability 2017 Best Practices
    At the World Economic Forum, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in collaboration with the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) shared exemplary campus sustainability case studies provided by 30 the world’s leading universities all focused on educating for sustainability. By including sustainable development in the strategic goals for all their activities, universities can create an environment that promotes holistic education of all students. To complement professional and disciplinary education, they can expose students to the practical problems that must be solved in order to achieve the SDGs. They can foster the acquisition of critical, systems-oriented thinking as well as the ability to communicate with various stakeholders within and outside academia. On this note, ISCN featured SDE’s Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB@SDE), conceptualized from a rock-solid foundation in sustainability education and research to be the first purpose-built net zero energy building in a Singapore tertiary institution to transform teaching in sustainable design, as an excellent example of NUS’s commitment to protect the environment and incorporate sustainability in all aspects of campus life – from education and research to operations. “This report is a testament to the work being done in the higher education sector to address sustainability issues globally and how we prepare students to take on these issues for the betterment of our society.” said Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN. Read more at ISCN-GULF shared report.

    24 Jan 2017 - Featured in the Moodie Davitt
    Heartiest congratulations to #SDE professors, Prof Heng and Prof Boucharenc, and NUS Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) students for being featured in the The Moodie Davitt Report! Read more about the collaboration between #NUS industrial design students and L'Oréal Professionnel, in their digital magazine end of year review at https://goo.gl/BkSCEk!

    22 Dec 2016 - Three innovative projects
    Three innovative projects – designed, developed and created by students from NUS School of Design and Environment’s Division of Industrial Design – have attracted a significant amount of local and global attention and support. For further details please read here http://news.nus.edu.sg/highlights/11266-innovation-kickstarted

    21 Dec 2016 - Congratulations team Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) students!
    Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) students were one of the two winning teams in a joint collaboration with NUS Enterprise, IKEA Singapore and SPACE10, with the aim of finding out how IKEA can use conversational tech and AI to foster meaningful interactions with people. The winning team, Team Duktig, addressed the in-store experience with particular focus on guiding shoppers and creating shared experiences for groups. The team set out to reinvent the iconic IKEA pencil and give it an active new role as a personal assistant during the IKEA visit, using conversational tech, AI and bone conduction. Read more at https://goo.gl/eSBfh4

    16 Dec 2016 - Aubergine Pillow – Comfort in just a puff!
    Congratulations to Sue Xian, John and Jacelyn for a successful Kickstarter campaign! These NUS Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) students designed the pocket-sized Aubergine Pillow, which utilises the Bernoulli effect to plump up the pillow in one puff! Read more about their project at here  and here.

    14 Dec 2016 - The Guest Lecture “When Less Bad is Not Good Enough Anymore: Lessons for a Regenerative World”
    We need a major paradigm shift in the way we build and operate our buildings and live our lives. Being less bad, which is what most green building programs help us achieve, is not going to help us solve some of our major human and environmental problems such as climate change, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, chronic diseases and social injustice. Read More ...

    09 Dec 2016 - SDE is proud to share that our Dean, Professor Lam Khee Poh, has been elected a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Fellow
    for his significant contributions to the profession. "RIBA Fellowship recognises the achievements of our Chartered members that have made a significant contribution to architecture, the profession and the community. The standard of applications was very high. The 30 Fellows who have been elected represent a broad range of backgrounds and specialisms, who continue to affect and influence change from all four corners of the globe" (RIBA, 2016). Our heartiest congratulations, Professor Lam!   Read More ...

    05 Dec, 2016 - Bravo to Li Xue, Cheryl and Ai Ling! Their Kickstarter project, the KIN wallet that separates coins and notes for you automatically, is a smashing hit!

    They raised $280,468 - 70 times their $4,000 goal. The initial asking sum was achieved in under an hour and the $30,000 mark was reached within a day. KIN has attracted about 7,000 backers from all over the world, including the United States, Japan and Germany . Great job! We are all incredibly proud of you!   Read More ...

    09 Nov, 2016 - Towards a new chapter in the School’s vision of learning, knowledge advancement and multidisciplinary collaboration.

    In line with Singapore’s quest for sustainable solutions, NUS will have its first net-zero energy building, conceptualised by NUS Design and Environment (SDE), in 2019. Named NZEB@SDE, it is also the first purpose-built net-zero energy building commissioned by a Singapore tertiary institution. The ground-breaking ceremony for the building, located at SDE, was held on Read More ...

    07 Nov, 2016 - 国大打造 首栋零能耗建筑

    国大设计与环境学院院长林棋波教授(左)为国家发展部高级政务部长李智陞,介绍新绿色大楼的净零能耗设计。 国大打造本地学府内第一栋零能耗建筑,促进可持续建筑设计和研究的生活实验室,预计将于2019年落成。新加坡国立大学将在肯特岗校区为设计与环境学院新添一栋综合教学楼,名为净零能源建筑(NZEB@SDE),同设计与环境学院第一大楼连接。 Read More ...

    07 Nov, 2016 - NUS breaks ground on its first Net-Zero Energy Building today!

    The new building, which will house teaching and research facilities, will serve as a living laboratory to promote research collaboration in sustainable building design Singapore, 7 November 2016 – The National University of Singapore (NUS) today broke ground on a new sustainable building at the Kent Ridge campus - its first purpose-built Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB@SDE). Read More ...

    SDE50 Alumni Reunion Dinner, 3 October 2018

    The NUS School of Design & Environment turns 50 in 2019 and we have a series of exciting events lined up!

    Gather your friends and sign up together for a night of networking, reconnecting and pure fun at the SDE50 Alumni Reunion Dinner.

    Dinner is free for all SDE Alumni, seats are limited and subject to first-come-first-served basis.

    Date: 3 October 2018, Wednesday
    Time: 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
    9 Kent Ridge Drive, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119241

    You may sign up for the event here: https://mysurvey.nus.edu.sg/EFM/se/543BE5C207CC0EE7

    Registrations close on 21 September 2018.

    Send us an email at sdelink@nus.edu.sg if you have questions.