Architecture and the Architect: Image-making in Singapore

An intimate project, this publication arises out of an anxiety towards the fast-changing built landscape of Singapore. Its objective is to look at place, memory and nostalgia through architecture, while attempting to understand the images of Singapore in the collective minds. How do we, as agents and recipients of the built environment, come together to decide the landscape that generations after our own would inherit?

We have gone about assembling individual memories of architects and users who are both, in their own ways, image-makers of the city. The result is a collage of both the physical and the sensory coming together to inform something about a spirit of intersecting times.


In its most celebrative tone, the images and anecdotes in this book recognize what we have. Yet, this is not meant as an evasion of criticality. Instead, we encourage readers to take an unprejudiced look at this city we call Singapore, before searching for their own meaning of place. We see this publication as a tribute, as well as a reminder of the choices we make to strengthen our national identity. With accompany republished essays from William Lim and Alfred Wong and 8 interviews of architects, architecture photographers and 40 featured buildings from offices, shopping malls to public and private housing and institutions and with up to 20 anecdotes from residents, tenants to security guards and workers.


This project is supported and partially funded by the iRememberSG Fund of the Singapore Memory Project.


• Publisher: Do Not Design
• Format: Hardback
• Number of Pages: 260
• Dimensions: 28 cm x 19.5 cm
• Language: English
• • ISBN: 978-981-09-1349-6
• Publication Date: December 2015
• Publication Country: Singapore
• Printed in Singapore by: AlsOdoMinie
• Stockist: (Singapore) Kinokuniya, DECK, Basheer, Objectifs, Gallery & Co.

• Editor and Writer: Virginia Who
• Design: Do Not Design
• Associate Photographer: Beton Brut
• Contributing Photographer: Darren Soh