The Designer of the Year award was also presented to Kelley Cheng, creative director of design firm, The Press Room.
Kelley Cheng is the creative director of The Press Room. Over the past two decades, she has created a body of work spanning visual communications, exhibition design and publishing.
Ms Cheng started the now-defunct iSh, a magazine that introduced design to the masses and has also produced more than 1,000 design, art and architecture books. She described her work which span over two decades as "culture capital", adding: "I realised that a lot of my work has been about documenting, be it through the books or through iSh."
As an award recipient, Ms Cheng said that she sees herself in a better position to champion designers' rights, such as the refusal to give clients design ideas for free. She added that she hoped to advocate change and "for designers to be treated as professionals."
One of this year's Design of the Year recipients is the AirMesh Pavilion, designed by the Architectural Intelligence Research Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. The pavilion created for the Gardens by the Bay's Mid Autumn Festival 2019 is one of the world's first fully functional 3D printed space frame structures, and is held up as an outstanding example of how design can bring together the built and natural environments in a sustainable way.
Another recipient is EYEYAH!, an educational platform that uses bright and colourful graphics to bring across messages such as climate change, fake news and food security in ways that children can understand.
The other seven recipients are Jewel Changi Airport, Sparkletots Large Preschool at Punggol, Kampung Admiralty, Goodlife! Makan, The [Not-So] [NOT-SO]Convenience Store, Etania Green School in Sabah and Cloister House in Johor Bahru.
The award-receiving works will be featured in a travelling exhibition across Singapore, starting at The URA Centre before moving to venues such as National Design Centre, library@orchard, Temasek Shophouse and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
This article was first published in The Business Times.