Singapore Archifest 2020

Singapore Archifest 2020

Start DateSeptember 25, 2020
End DateOctober 31, 2020

The annual festival organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) to celebrate architecture and the built environment, returns this year. Themed “Architecture Saving OUR World”, this year’s festival will spotlight new ideas and responsible designs that benefit our ecology and humanity, through a series of online forums, virtual exhibitions, hybrid workshops, and decentralised island-wide pop-up activities.

This year’s theme is not about grand architecture, but about new ideas and responsible designs that benefit our climate, public health, social equity and cultural continuity. Some of these have yet to make their way into mainstream architecture, but there is no lack of the spirit of ‘creative activism’ within the profession, creating concepts and testing postulations.

An international discussion on architecture and its impact 

The SIA Conference will kick off this year’s festival, following the journeys of notable industry icons and providing an open forum for conversations around issues that are pertinent to the urban environment in Singapore and around the world. From 28 to 30 September 2020, this year’s SIA Conference will spotlight three sub-themes: Radical Indigenism, Design Empowerment and Empathic Interventions, which look at the context, process and impact of design respectively.

A line-up of 12 design and architecture experts will share their insights during the conference. Each of them will present different aspects of how they have been utilising architecture for the betterment of lives through creative activism and ground-up initiatives. 

  • Anna Heringer, founder of Studio Anna Heringer, recipient of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
  • Vo Trong Nghia, VTN Architects
  • Kelly Alvarez Doran, MASS Design Group 
  • Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture
  • Prasoon Kumar, BillionBricks (Read more about him in The FuturArc Interview)
  • William Ti, WTA Architecture and Design Studio