Tay Kheng Soon, Architect (Akitek Tenggara), Mentor

Tay Kheng Soon, Architect (Akitek Tenggara), Mentor

Tay Kheng Soon

Akitek Tenggara, Architect

SEEDtime Mentor






It is neither the urban nor the rural; it is both. New architecture cannot come out of old planning! Cities of Asia behold the countryside and imagine the infinite possibilities. See one space, not two…

Tay Kheng Soon—known as TKS—is a practising architect and adjunct professor at National University of Singapore's school of architecture. He was president of the Singapore Institute of Architects and founding member and chairman of SPUR (Singapore Planning and Urban Research)

TKS was chairman of the Task Force for the long-term development of the National Museum of Singapore, founding chairman of the Substation, a cutting-edge arts centre, and headed the committee on heritage for the Singapore Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts.

TKS' civic activities include being a member of the advisory panel of the Government Parliamentary Committee on national development, and a member of the advisory panel of the Singapore Institute of Policy Studies. In 1997, he was appointed adjunct professor of architecture at RMIT Australia, and in 1998 made adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore.

TKS' academic involvements include being a visiting scholar under the Aga Khan Program at MIT in 1986 and again in 1989. He was also a research fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

To this day, TKS continues to churn out creative, out-of-the-box ideas that he personally sees through to reality via his architectural practice Akitek Tenggara in Singapore, which he founded in 1976.

Website: akitektenggara.com

Rebalancing Rural-Urban Disparity

While Asia puts emphasis on urban development, there is a circle of slums in Third World mega-cities; the undeniable sign of the failure. People , unable to sustain a reasonable level of life, drift to cities out of desperation. The crisis of pollution, mega-atmospheric carbonisation and biodiversity depletion are the results. Business cannot go on as usual. Asia needs a rethink.

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