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DATUM:KL 2008 addresses distinctive architectural excellence that stands out from the rest. This is
especially appropriate in light of a rapidly globalizing world, where the practice of architecture needs
a reality-check to re-address the soulless buildings and cities that are mushrooming all over, with little
reference to local and regional distinctions.

DATE           4 & 5 JULY 2008 (FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

                KENGO KUMA Kengo Kuma & Associates JAPAN                                                         BEN VAN BERKEL UNStudio THE NETHERLANDS

                BJARKE INGELS BIG Architects DENMARK                                                             HANIF KARA Adams Kara Taylor UK

                HOU LIANG Hou Liang Architecture CHINA                                                           NADER TEHRANI Office dA USA

                RENE TAN & QUEK TSE KWANG                                                                        HAILIM SUH Architecture Studio Himma KOREA
                RT+Q Architects SINGAPORE

                VOON WONG Voonwong & Bensonsaw MALAYSIA/UK                                                       DR TAN LOKE MUN ArchiCentre MALAYSIA

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KENGO KUMA Kengo Kuma & Associates JAPAN                                                    BEN VAN BERKEL UNStudio THE NETHERLANDS
Kengo Kuma was born in Kanagawa,             Arts (1997, for which he received the          Ben van Berkel studied architecture at           Current projects are the restructuring of
Japan in 1954. He completed his master’s     1997 Architectural Institute of Japan          the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam                the station area of Arnhem, a shopping
degree at Tokyo University in 1979           Annual Award), Stone Museum (2000,             and at the Architectural Association in          mall renovation in Kaohsiung, a
and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia       for which he received International Stone      London, receiving the AA Diploma with            masterplan for Basauri, a music theatre for
University from 1985 to 1986. In 1990 he     Architecture Award 2001), Bato-machi           Honours in 1987.                                 Graz and the design and restructuring of
established Kengo Kuma & Associates.         Hiroshige Museum (2001, for which he                                                            the Harbor Ponte Parodi in Genoa. With
From 2001 he has been a professor at the     received The Murano Prize).                    In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an            UNStudio he realized amongst others
Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio                                                     architectural practice in Amsterdam. The         the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart,
University, Japan.                           He was awarded the International Spirit of     Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau              a façade and interior renovation for the
                                             Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002         has realized amongst others projects the         Galleria Department store in Seoul and a
Among his major works are the Kirosan        for his major wooden architecture.             Karbouw office building, the Erasmus             private villa up-state New York.
Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995,                                                      bridge in Rotterdam, museum Het
for which he received the AIA Benedictus                                                    Valkhof in Nijmegen, the Moebius house           Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught
Award), Venice Biennale/Space Design of                                                     and the NMR facilities for the University        at many architectural schools around
Japanese Pavilion (1995), Stage in Forest,                                                  of Utrecht.                                      the world. Currently he is Professor
and Toyoma Center for Performance                                                                                                            Conceptual Design at the Staedelschule
                                                                                            In 1998 Ben van Berkel and Caroline              in Frankfurt am Main. Central to his
                                                                                            Bos established a new firm: UNStudio             teaching is the inclusive approach of
                                                                                            (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as        architectural works integrating virtual and
                                                                                            a network of specialists in architecture,        material organization and engineering
                                                                                            urban development and infrastructure.            constructions.

                                                                                            HANIF KARA Adams Kara Taylor UK
                                                                                            Hanif Kara is a London based structural          Architecture and was made an Honorary
                                                                                            engineer and co-founder and Director of          Fellow of the Royal Institute of British
                                                                                            Adams Kara Taylor.                               Architects in 2004 and became a Fellow
                                                                                                                                             of the Institute of Structural Engineers in
                                                                                            Since founding a practice, his particular        2007. In March of 2007 he was appointed
                                                                                            ‘design-led’ approach and interest               as one of the 15 members of the Design
                                                                                            in innovative form, material uses,               for London Advisory Group to the Mayor
                                                                                            prefabrication, sustainable construction,        of London. In August 2007 he was
BJARKE INGELS BIG Architects DENMARK                                                        and complex analysis methods have                appointed as a CABE commissioner, the
                                                                                            allowed him to work on award-winning             first engineer to hold the post.
Bjarke Ingels started his own office in      VM Houses. By practising what Bjarke           and unique projects such as the Peckham
2005, Bjarke Ingels Group, (BIG) after       Ingels likes to describe as ‘programmatic      Library (Royal Institute of British Architects   His work is linked with the Research and
having co-founded PLOT Architects            alchemy’, BIG often mixes conventional         Stirling Prize), Caspar in Birmingham            Education areas of design, and from 2000
in 2001 and collaborating with Rem           ingredients such as living, leisure,           (British Construction Industry Small             to 2004 he co-tutored a Diploma Unit at
Koolhaas at OMA. Through a series            working, parking and shopping into new         Building of the Year Award) and Phaeno           the Architectural Association in London.
of award-winning design projects and         forms of symbiotic culture.                    Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany             In addition, he has acted as visiting
buildings, Bjarke Ingels has created an                                                     (RIBA European Award).                           tutor at other European and American
international reputation as a member of a    Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke                                                    schools of design such as: Institut für
new generation of architects that combine    has been active as a Visiting Professor at     His approach extends beyond the                  Kunst und Architektur, Vienna, Austria;
shrewd analysis, playful experimentation,    Rice University’s School of Architecture       structural engineering disciplines and           Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria;
social responsibility and humour.            and most recently at Harvard University’s      has led to his appointment on the Design         Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de
                                             Graduate School of Design.                     Review Panel for the UK government               Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Kungliga
In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion                                                      watchdog CABE (Commission for                    Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH), Stockholm,
at the Venice Biennale for the Starvanger    BIG has won many competitions, the most        Architecture and the Built Environment),         Sweden; Graduate School of Design
Concert House, and the following year        recent being the new Danish Maritime           which monitors the quality of design             (GSD) Harvard University, Boston, USA;
he received the Forum AID Award for the      Museum.                                        throughout the United Kingdom. Hanif             MIT, Boston, USA; Cornell University,
                                                                                            was selected for the Master Jury for the         New York, USA.
                                                                                            2004 cycle of the Aga Khan Awards for

HOU LIANG Hou Liang Architecture CHINA                                                     RENE TAN                 RT+Q Architects SINGAPORE
Hou Liang was born in Shanghai, China        Centre in Korea involving internationally     Rene Tan was born in Malaysia and             Berkeley and Syracuse Universities in the
in 1972. In 1996 he graduated from the       renowned architects like Jean Nouvel and      trained in the United States. Trained in      US. His own teachers include the likes of
South China University of Technology,        Dominque Perrault.                            music at Yale University and architecture     Ralph Lerner, Michael Graves and Werner
Guangzhou, China and obtained his                                                          at Princeton University, he continues to      Seligmann.
Master of Architecture from KU Leuven,       In 2003 Hou Liang founded his own office      pursue architecture as a inter-disciplinary
Belgium in 1999, after which he worked in    in Brussels – Hou Liang Architecture,         craft that combines the elusive beauty of     Rene Tan is currently practising in
several Belgian architectural offices.       later creating his international team in      art and the rigours of building technology.   Singapore as partner at RT+Q Architects,
                                             Shanghai.                                     Rene is also active in teaching, having       a firm he founded with partner TK Quek
He was deemed as a pioneering young                                                        taught design, history and drawing at the     in 2003.
Chinese architect after being in the final   Hou Liang develops his unique way of          National University of Singapore, LaSalle-
shortlist for the proposal for the Tsunami   thinking towards architecture, landscape      SIA College of the Arts, Singapore and
Memorial Competition in Thailand which       and urbanism, and obtains a reputation as
is one of the most important ones after      an architect who is youthful yet confident,
World War II. Besides that, Hou Liang was    creative but pragmatic, experimental and
also invited to compete in the final stage   elaborate.
competition for the Seoul Performing Arts

                                                                                           QUEK TSE KWANG RT+Q Architects SINGAPORE
                                                                                           Quek Tse Kwang obtained his Bachelor          RT+Q Architects remain committed to the
                                                                                           of Architecture degree from the University    notion of architecture as a plastic sculptural
                                                                                           of Singapore. He has been in practice for     art. The search for form is a preoccupation
                                                                                           over thirty years, of which six years were    of the design approach. Distinct forms,
                                                                                           spent in Canada and he has completed          pure shapes and clear lines form the basis
                                                                                           projects in Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia       of the RT+Q design language. Since
                                                                                           and Singapore.                                2003, RT+Q Architects have done some
                                                                                                                                         200 projects, and continues to do work in
VOON WONG Voonwong & Bensonsaw MALAYSIA/UK                                                 He has won numerous awards, including
                                                                                           First Prize Winner in the 1973 Limited
                                                                                                                                         Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and
                                                                                                                                         most recently, Russia. Works range from
Voon Wong studied at the National            before setting up voonwong&bensonsaw          Competition for Sabah Foundation              small individual houses, condominiums,
University of Singapore and the              in 1996 in London.                            Headquaters Building (submitted under         resorts, office and commercial buildings
Architectural Association in London.                                                       James Ferrie & Partners); First Prize         to larger-scale master planning projects.
After graduating, he worked in various       Since then he has been heavily involved       Winner in 1983 ASEAN Open Architectural       The office continues to develop a style of
practices in the UK and Singapore            in both architectural and product design      Competition for Singapore Island              architecture that is abstract yet rooted in
including the Office of Rick Mather and      projects in the practice.      In 2007,       Country Club (Joint Architects James          the canons of classicism.
Zaha Hadid where he worked on the            alongside Michael Young, he was one           Ferrie & Partners / Quek Associates) and
University of East Anglia project and the    of the judges at the Singapore Furniture      Winning Project – Award of Excellence for     Operating in a studio-like setting, RT+Q
Vitra Fire Station project respectively      Design Forum.                                 Mirage Bali Hotel, Indonesia and PACE-        Architects is built around a small group
                                                                                           Tecnhotel Design Award (Genova, Italy)        of individuals, each with a particular
                                                                                           in 1990 (Joint Architects Quek Associates     expertise in the separate aspects of the
                                                                                           / Jasa Ferrie Persada. In 2003, he won        practice. RT+Q maintains the belief that
                                                                                           Singapore’s Urban Renewal Authority           the execution of architecture is essentially
                                                                                           Architectural Heritage Award for his 50       a collaborative effort.
                                                                                           Emerald Hill project.

                                Photo by Catie Newell              Photo by John Horner

 Photo by Eric Staudenmaier                                        Photo by John Horner

NADER TEHRANI Office dA USA                                                                         HAILIM SUH Architecture Studio Himma KOREA
Nader Tehrani received a Bachelor of                materials, methods of aggregations,             Hailim Suh, founding partner of             Since 1997 she has been a principal at
Fine Arts and a Bachelor in Architecture            geometry and the advancement of                 Architecture Studio Himma, Seoul, Korea,    Architecture Studio Himma, winning a
from the Rhode Island School of Design              digital fabrication. His participation in the   received a Bachelor of Arts degree          number of competitions and awards,
in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He                   Immaterial/Ultra-material Exhibition at the     from Columbia University and a Master       including KIA Awards and Seoul
continued his studies at the Harvard                GSD is also paralleled by his installations     of Architecture degree from Harvard         Architectural Work Awards. She also acts
Graduate School of Design where he                  at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston             University Graduate School of Design.       as an Architectural Committee member
received a Masters of Architecture in               ICA, and Georgia Tech, investigating            She also attended the Cooper Union          for the City of Seoul. She was a Kenzo
Urban Design in 1991. Tehrani attended              new means and methods of fabrication in         School of Architecture as an exchange       Tange visiting professor at the Harvard
a post-graduate program in History and              wood, steel, rope and polycarbonate.            thesis student.                             University Graduate School of Design in
Theory at the Architectural Association in                                                                                                      2004.
London. A tenured Associate Professor               In the professional context, Nader Tehrani      She has worked at a number of
of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute          is a principal at Office dA, where he has       architectural firms in New York City and    Currently she is a Visiting Professor at
of Technology, Tehrani has also taught at           received numerous international awards,         has taught design studios at Rhode Island   the Graduate School of Architecture of
the Harvard Graduate School of Design,              including nine Progressive Architecture         School of Design and Pratt Institute.       Kyounggi University (GSAK).
Rhode Island School of Design, and                  awards, the Harleston Parker Award,             Returning to her homeland in 1994,
Georgia Institute of Technology, where              and more recently, the coveted Cooper-          she began her practice in Seoul as well
he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III            Hewitt, National Design Award for               as teaching design studios in several
Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design.        Architecture.                                   universities in Seoul.

In the academic context, Nader Tehrani
has focused on research surrounding

Dr Tan Loke Mun is the Director of                  ArchiCentre’s architecture embraces
ArchiCentre Sdn. Bhd. The architectural             and interprets regionalism in a modern
design company operates out of Kuala                context. In a rapidly changing world
Lumpur, Malaysia where they are involved            landscape, ArchiCentre believes that well-
in a large variety of high profile work. He         designed buildings actually create value
is the Immediate Past President of the              for all its users. As such it endeavours
Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM)             to find the balance between the rush
and is also a member of the Board of                towards modern standardisation and the
Architects Malaysia.                                extra effort and detail that can create the
                                                    requisite ambience for its projects. Often
Dr Tan obtained his architectural training          working from the basis of typologies,
from Deakin University and later his                ArchiCentre has managed to interpret
doctorate from Melbourne University,                and translate simple regional metaphors
Australia. Dr Tan’s field of expertise is in        into its architecture.
social and self-help housing and he has
worked in most parts of urban and rural             ArchiCentre’s works are widely published
Australia, Uruguay and Brasil. He is a              and they have received numerous
registered Builder in Victoria, Australia.          Architectural Awards for their works.
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