Nominations for President's Design Award 2012 Now Open

Mar 13, 2012

The President’s Design Award 2012 is now open for nominations until Friday, 20 April 2012, 6pm.  The President’s Design Award is Singapore’s most prestigious award that is accorded to designers and design projects, in recognition of their design excellence.  Into its seventh year, the President’s Design Award has honoured 20 designers and 47 designs across all design disciplines, including advertising design, visual communications, architecture, urban design, fashion design, furniture design, interior design, landscape design, product and industrial design.

2.We invite members of the public to nominate the designers and design projects that they think have made significant accomplishments or pushed new frontiers in Singapore’s design landscape.  The award will be given out in two categories – ‘Designer of the Year’ and ‘Design of the Year’.

3.Nominations may be submitted online at  For further information on the award, please visit the President’s Design Award website listed above or contact Ms Josephine Tang at email: or tel: +65-6837 9441.

4.The President’s Design Award is administered by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Nomination Details

Name of the Award


President’s Design Award 2012

Award categories


Designer of the Year

Design of the Year

Submission process


Submission of nominations and citations can be submitted online at

Closing date and time


20 April 2012, Friday, 6pm (Singapore time)






13 MARCH 2012

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1.Frances Kong / Charis Yeo 
DesignSingapore Council
Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts
Email: /
T: +65 6837 9622
F: +65 6837 9686
140 Hill Street 
5th Storey MICA Building
Singapore 179369 [For media queries related to this media release]

2.Serene Tng
Urban Redevelopment Authority
T +65 6321 8129
F 65 6226 3549
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118
[For media queries related to architecture and urban design]

About the President's Design Award

The President’s Design Award is Singapore’s highest honour accorded to designers and designs from all design disciplines.  It recognises the significant contributions and achievements of an extraordinary group of people who are making a difference to the lives of Singaporeans and to the lives of the larger global community.  The recipients are the standard bearers for design excellence, models for future generations of designers to match and exceed.  As these standards permeate into the consciousness of society, they bring about a greater general awareness and appreciation of quality design.

The Designer of the Year award category recognises designers or design teams for their creativity and achievements in any design discipline, demonstrated by a sustained body or portfolio of works. 

The Design of the Year award category recognises the national significance and creative value to Singapore of projects or products in any design discipline.

A total of 20 Designers of the Year and 47 Designs of the Year have been conferred the award from 2006-2011.

More information about the President’s Design Award is available at

About the DesignSingapore Council

The mission of the DesignSingapore Council is to develop Singapore into a global city for design where design innovation drives economic growth and enhances the quality of life. DesignSingapore promotes and develops the design industries as a creative cluster, encourages the adoption of design by enterprises and nurtures a climate of co-creation and innovation through design.

The DesignSingapore Council is the national agency for design and is a part of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.

More information about the DesignSingapore Council is available at

About the Urban Redevelopment Authority

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore’s national land use planning and conservation authority.  URA’s mission is “to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play in”.  We strive to create a vibrant and sustainable city of distinction by planning and facilitating Singapore’s physical development in partnership with the community. 

The URA has successfully transformed Singapore into one of the most liveable cities in Asia through judicious land use planning and good urban design.  We adopt a long term and comprehensive planning approach in formulating strategic plans such as the Concept Plan and the Master Plan, to guide the physical development of Singapore in a sustainable manner.  Our plans and policies focus on achieving a balance between economic growth and a quality living environment.  As the conservation authority, URA has an internationally recognised conservation programme, having successfully conserved not only single buildings, but entire districts. 

To turn its plans and visions into reality, URA takes on a multi-faceted role.  In addition to its planning function, URA is also the main government land sales agent.  Through the sale of state land, we attract and channel private capital investment to develop sites to support economic and social development.  URA is also the development agency for Marina Bay, the new city extension.  To create an exciting cityscape, URA also actively promotes architecture and urban design excellence.

Drawing on our experience in integrated planning and urban management, URA provides consultancy for overseas bilateral projects and shares our urban planning experience through professional training programmes. 

For more information, please visit our website at

About A•UDE Promotion Programme

URA's Architecture & Urban Design Excellence (A.UDE) programme aims to promote good design in our built environment.  The programme seeks to raise public awareness of good architecture and urban design and encourage a more vibrant and design-conscious community.  We do this through a variety of initiatives and outreach programmes for both the general public and the industry professionals and includes exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops and design competitions.  For more information, please visit our website

Written on : 13 Mar 2012

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