ABOUT THE DESIGNER
An architecture graduate from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Ling Hao is receiving a Design of the Year award from the President’s Design Award for the second consecutive year. He also earned the honour in 2013 for the Satay By The Bay project for which he worked with fellow architects Tan Kok Meng and Satoko Saeki of KUU.
Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Ling Hao first joined Tangguanbee Architects in Singapore after completing his studies. It was Tang Guan Bee who taught him to question what architecture means, and to build what he wants to build. Ling Hao next established Ham Architects with Kok Meng in 1998 before founding his own company, Linghao Architects, in 2000.
Linghao Architects makes projects by imagining fresh settings in relation to everyday life. In implementing projects ranging from interiors to installations and architectural works, the firm’s architects consider scales of intimacies and how to allow for liveliness. Most of Ling Hao’s projects pertain to movement and letting the user experience the space created. The T House typifies this.
Besides running his own firm, 46-year-old Ling Hao also lectures at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)/ LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and is a studio master at the National University of Singapore.
He has also exhibited extensively in Singapore and abroad, for example, at the Housefull of Dreams (with KM Tan & J Chia) video installation for Asian Comments Festival in Copenhagen (2002); the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2009); the URA 20 under 45 exhibition in Singapore and Aedes Gallery, Berlin (2011); the [email protected] exhibition at Datum KL (2011); the Ghostwalking table (with Spell 7) at Prague Quadrennial (2011); and the President’s Design Award exhibition at National Design Centre and Urban Redevelopment Authority (2014).
In addition to the President’s Design Award, Ling Hao’s work has won numerous national accolades such as the SIA Architectural Design Award Honourable Mention (2008, 2012); the URA Architectural Heritage Award (2007, 2013); and the National Parks Board Skyrise Greenery Excellence Award (2013).
Building T House successfully entailed his working with the client, engineer, quantity surveyor and the builders. “Everybody must share a similar objective in working hard on the project – which we all did”, says Ling Hao.
Commenting on how the President’s Design Award has influenced the local Singapore design scene, Ling Hao says: “It provides a public recognition of design work. Bringing together experienced architects and design industry figures from different kinds of backgrounds and worlds is a great thing as they bring openness, yet abilities to relate the work to their experiences”.
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