Research Centres

Department of Architecture and Department of Building

NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration
Research resource base for Integrated Concurrent Engineering  Process, Virtual Design and Construction.


Department of Architecture

Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)

Regional centre for advanced research, training and resource in architectural design, building technology and urban planning, architectural history and theory as well as design computing.

Department of Building

Centre for Integrated Building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics (CiBEST)

Research resource base for Indoor Environment and Energy, and Building Systems and Diagnostics.

Centre for Project Management and Construction Law (CPMCL)

The Centre showcases the expertise, capability and attractiveness of the Department of Building as a Centre of Excellence where graduate research degrees in Project Management and Construction Law can be pursued. It aims to attract good research students, prolific scholars and external research funding to further the Department’s global reputation and achievements in Project Management and Construction Law.

School of Design and Environment

Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC)

The Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) serves as a platform to develop cutting-edge urban planning and design solutions as well as building technological innovations for high density environments that will be applicable to many cities in Asia and other developing countries. CSAC will complement the efforts at the national level, through the work of Singapore's Ministry of National Development, to develop appropriate solutions and best practices for more sustainable and liveable cities. The Centre also works closely with overseas universities, will host regular research workshops and seminars to brainstorm issues, develop solutions, and share research ideas and outcomes. It hopes to advance knowledge in the area of sustainable cities, with a focus on Asian cities, shape professional practice and influence thought processes in the field.

NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration

Research resource base for Integrated Concurrent Engineering Process, Virtual Design and Construction.

NUS-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre

The NUS-JTC I3 Centre was established to harness the capabilities and potential of NUS, as a leading institution in the originator of scientific and technological discoveries, to the enterprise of creating the next generation of industrial infrastructure systems for Singapore. The challenges of land scarcity and resource constraints in Singapore remain the same, but to these are now added a new challenge of achieving energy and environmental sustainability. The research thrusts and key areas identified for the NUS-JTC I3Centre reflect all these important considerations.

Urban Prototyping

Urban Prototyping is a collaborative research initiative of the School of Design and Environment (SDE) and the School of Computing (SOC) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) with the aim to develop an integrative tool for design, planning and management of the built environment in a sustainable way, based on the application of advanced technologies of Virtual Prototyping.

Urban Prototyping intends to harness the growing computing power and network capabilities as well as the increasing availability of urban metabolic data to create a collaborative environment for urban information and simulation modelling. The project focus on the development of a new and integrative platform for computer aided planning and design on urban level that is able:

  • To integrate different knowledge fields and databases on urban level.
  • To synchronise simulation models that are developed for different fields of urban planning and design.
  • To visualise the impact and performances of planning and design interventions.
  • To screen the consistency of planning and design decisions in different fields and on different scales (clash detection).
  • To optimise planning and design scenario's with regard to quality and efficiency.
  • To enable real time interactions between different planning institutions, experts and other participants.

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