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  • January 2019

    NUS SDE launches Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building
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  • January 2019

    NUS at Davos 2019
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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:

  • 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.

    The design works were organised around four main themes — Healthcare, Social, Lifestyle and Experimental.

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  • 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.
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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.

  • 9 Jan 2018

    An interesting article that gives an overview on why some of us in tropical climates like Singapore wear layers to keep us warm in super cold offices. “Today I’ve got two sweaters, a scarf, ear coverings, gloves and a blanket over my lap,” Rebecca Miller, a 27-year-old academic adviser at Tennessee State University in Nashville, said last week as temperatures barely ticked above 50 degrees in her office while outside it was 20 degrees or lower in the daytime. Office developments are built with centralized heating systems that make the buildings suitable for a range of uses over many years. The down side is that they provide little climate control to individual tenants — sometimes purposely, said Professor Lam Khee Poh, Architecture professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Prof Lam is also the current dean of the National University of Singapore, School of Design & Environment.

  • 7 Jan 2018

    The Sunday Times speaks to three of the 20 rising young architects whose works are being showcased by the URA and one of them is NUS School of Design & Environment alumna, Mr Seah Chee Huang. Mr Seah says: "Architecture, when driven by clear purpose, can be a powerful vehicle to effect positive social changes, shape minds and behaviours, and purposefully impact the everyday life of our community." Like many Singaporeans, he grew up in a public housing estate and with different communities - which informed his interest in the social impact of architecture.

  • 2 Jan 2018

    Dean of the NUS School of Design & Environment, Professor Lam Khee Poh was invited to share on biophilic design in a Straits times article this week. "While research has linked green buildings to positive effects on people's health, more studies are needed to determine the link between biophilic design and patient recovery in healthcare settings. But these studies are limited as few hospitals worldwide have such designs." Prof Lam thinks there is a good chance that biophilic design can have a lasting impact on health. "To me, it's not so much the cost but what value are you getting out of it. If you invest well, you're going to get the returns many, many times over," he said.

  • 28 Nov 2017

    Catch a recorded live interview of Dr. Shah Kwok Wei, Asst. Professor at NUS School of Design & Environment, Department of Building on Channel 8 news and current affairs program, "Hello Singapore". In this special feature of 'Smart Nation', Dr. Shah was invited to speak on the concept, design and user benefits behind 'Smart Green Homes'. Dr. Shah also shared briefly on the progress of the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home project.

  • 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.

  • 1 Nov 2017

    The annual CoreNet Global Symposium Singapore Chapter has concluded yesterday, 1 November 2017 at the Marina Mandarin Hotel. This year, CoreNet Global has invited NUS Real Estate students to form a panel forum. The topic is “New Technology & the Impact on CRE – Blockchain & Tokenisation”. The panel comprises Mr Neil Salton, Managing Director of Changeworq who is also the facilitator; Mr Tan Kok Keong – Co-founder of Fundplaces; Dr. Davin Wang – Lecturer from NUS Department of Real Estate; and 3 NUS Real Estate undergraduate students – Bui Ha Van Huong (Pam), Lai Choon Huong and Matthew Choo Jia Chen.

  • The Professor who wears many hats.

    Yu Shi Ming, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Real Estate, has been a don for more than 35 years. He is fondly called “Prof” by his former students, even though some of them are already middle-aged, in top management positions and left school more than 20 years ago. “That is why I have remained an academic for so long,” says Yu. “One of my greatest satisfactions is seeing my former students doing well in the industry.”