DR COLIN K. OKASHIMO
Jury Citation: Dr Colin Katsumi Okashimo’s exceptional career spans over 33 years, during which time he has built a reputation for designing outdoor places of contemplation. He represents a new level in the maturity of design in Singapore and the region. As an antidote to the hectic pace of life in cities today, he introduces us to a process that can be best described as “Slow Design”, a movement like “Slow Food” and “Slow Cities” that shifts our value system from quantity to quality.
FRANKLIN PO SUI SENG
Jury Citation: Franklin Po Sui Seng’s work has been greatly influenced by the International Style. This is partly the result of having spent many years with the architecture masters who worked in California in the 1960s and 1970s. His multi-disciplinary path – beginning with studies in biology, botanical morphology before graduating to his studies in architecture – has informed his understanding of natural systems and holistic intersections. Inspired by the verticality of Singapore’s built landscape and by the progression of modern design, the mastery of his craft is infused with a bionomic sensitivity for humanity’s relationship with nature.
SIEW MAN KOK
Jury Citation: Siew Man Kok is an extraordinarily accomplished architect who has spearheaded a wide spectrum of projects ranging from master-planning, institutional and commercial projects to public housing and private homes. Despite the different nature and scale of his projects, he has been admirably consistent in his sensitivity to and exploration of the social, cultural and tropical context. A distinct strand of passion, rigour and commitment runs through his designs. We see, for instance, in the Cuff Road shophouse, a fresh interpretation of the ubiquitous typology that is expressed with finesse and maturity, and achieved through the thoughtful selection of materials and use of light. The HortPark Visitor Centre is another elegant example of an (re)-elucidation of a pavilion and homage to Singapore’s greenery that hides its complexity behind an apparently simple.
Next, 17 Dec: Jury citations for Design of the Year – Air+ Smart Masks And Micro-Ventilators; Architect’s Office at Kim Yam Road; Deck – People, Place, Photography.