About Archifest
Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. It is a platform for everyone to discuss, debate and dream about the possibilities surrounding architecture and our city. This festival celebrates the importance of architecture in place-making. A city’s built, spatial environment coheres identity amidst the flux of global cities and captures the shared imagination of its people, even as Singaporeans collectively shape the making of the city towards the future.

Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Archifest advocates for vibrancy in local design culture by creating opportunities for the public and architectural professionals to interact. The exciting program line-up consisting of architours, talks, film screenings and workshops have been designed to stimulate curiosity and nurture a design-conscious society through engaging conversations.
About Singapore Institute of Architects
The Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) is a professional organization established in 1963 with the objective to promote the architectural profession and the built environment in Singapore. SIA is the sole representative for the architectural profession in Singapore. Through SIA Architectural Design Awards and publications, SIA acknowledges the efforts of its architectural members as they pursue standards of excellence in the field and create innovative architectural designs. The Institute has played an active role in several major events, such as The World Cities Summit, Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Venice Biennale 2010.
About Archifest
Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. It is a platform for everyone to discuss, debate and dream about the possibilities surrounding architecture and our city. This festival celebrates the importance of architecture in place-making. A city’s built, spatial environment coheres identity amidst the flux of global cities and captures the shared imagination of its people, even as Singaporeans collectively shape the making of the city towards the future.

Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Archifest advocates for vibrancy in local design culture by creating opportunities for the public and architectural professionals to interact. The exciting program line-up consisting of architours, talks, film screenings and workshops have been designed to stimulate curiosity and nurture a design-conscious society through engaging conversations.
About Singapore Institute of Architects
The Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) is a professional organization established in 1963 with the objective to promote the architectural profession and the built environment in Singapore. SIA is the sole representative for the architectural profession in Singapore. Through SIA Architectural Design Awards and publications, SIA acknowledges the efforts of its architectural members as they pursue standards of excellence in the field and create innovative architectural designs. The Institute has played an active role in several major events, such as The World Cities Summit, Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Venice Biennale 2010.
Seah Chee Huang
SIA President, 59th Council Year 2019/2020
Singapore Institute of Architects
SIA President's Message
This year marks the 13th Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) which began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Organised by the SingaporeInstitute of Architects (SIA), it is a platform for people from all walks of life to discuss, debate and dream about possibilities surrounding architecture, our city and the built environment at large. This festival promotes the importance of sustainable architecture and urban design in creating a vibrant and delightful atmosphere. Architecture fosters a sense of community and a deeper sense of place by allowing us to shape common goals and visions in the making of a progressive Singapore.

Our theme for Archifest 2019, Craft, expresses our ambition to reinforce this fundamental role of architecture.

Throughout the ages, architecture has been synonymous with craftsmanship. Architects work like artisans in the crafting of space and form, honing deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place.

Today, a discourse on Craft is especially relevant as the landscape of practice and construction is rapidly evolving. If its broadest definition is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we fit notions of Craft within the modern reality of fast-paced, mass-produced and rapidly consumed architectural work?

While we wish to focus on the role of Craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more. The current maker culture leverages highly on technology and open-source templates, which challenges the longstanding artisanal, highly bespoke and laborious mode of production. Though this new approach democratises and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it also raises questions of equity and ethics. Moreover, the act of crafting can also take on a psychological dimension through the way architecture shapes the ways we live.

As a baseline, this year’s festival wishes to honour and recognise those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft in the making of architecture and its ideas. It has led to the formation of our physical urban realities, and the betterment of lives. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and public alike to join us in the understanding of Craft. On behalf of the SIA Council and the Archifest Organising Committee, it is my privilege to invite you to partake and be a part of this celebration of our built environment.
Seah Chee Huang
SIA President, 59th Council Year 2019/2020
Singapore Institute of Architects
SIA President's Message
This year marks the 13th Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) which began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Organised by the SingaporeInstitute of Architects (SIA), it is a platform for people from all walks of life to discuss, debate and dream about possibilities surrounding architecture, our city and the built environment at large. This festival promotes the importance of sustainable architecture and urban design in creating a vibrant and delightful atmosphere. Architecture fosters a sense of community and a deeper sense of place by allowing us to shape common goals and visions in the making of a progressive Singapore.

Our theme for Archifest 2019, Craft, expresses our ambition to reinforce this fundamental role of architecture.

Throughout the ages, architecture has been synonymous with craftsmanship. Architects work like artisans in the crafting of space and form, honing deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place.

Today, a discourse on Craft is especially relevant as the landscape of practice and construction is rapidly evolving. If its broadest definition is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we fit notions of Craft within the modern reality of fast-paced, mass-produced and rapidly consumed architectural work?

While we wish to focus on the role of Craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more. The current maker culture leverages highly on technology and open-source templates, which challenges the longstanding artisanal, highly bespoke and laborious mode of production. Though this new approach democratises and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it also raises questions of equity and ethics. Moreover, the act of crafting can also take on a psychological dimension through the way architecture shapes the ways we live.

As a baseline, this year’s festival wishes to honour and recognise those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft in the making of architecture and its ideas. It has led to the formation of our physical urban realities, and the betterment of lives. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and public alike to join us in the understanding of Craft. On behalf of the SIA Council and the Archifest Organising Committee, it is my privilege to invite you to partake and be a part of this celebration of our built environment.
Alan Tay
Festival Director of Archifest 2019
Founder of Formwerkz Architects
Festival Director’s Message
Not solely intrinsic to architecture, Craft resonates with all facets of the human endeavour. Both the manifestations and the discourse on Craft is equally fascinating and crucial to the perpetuation of culture. The definition of Craft is continuously evolving throughout different moments in history. In an age that demands and begets instant gratification, the relevance of Craft is once again called into question. It is timely that Craft deserve a greater critical dialogue and due recognition. Archifest 2019 seeks to recognise, enlighten and spark many a design discourse of Craft. We look forward to engaging the fraternity, creative circles, institutions, students, hobbyists, man from the streets and even the skeptics in the explorative participation in the festival.We hope that lives could be enriched, beauty discovered and friendships forged; to the simplest act of bringing a smile to the visitors of the festival.
Alan Tay
Festival Director of Archifest 2019
Founder of Formwerkz Architects
Festival Director’s Message
Not solely intrinsic to architecture, Craft resonates with all facets of the human endeavour. Both the manifestations and the discourse on Craft is equally fascinating and crucial to the perpetuation of culture. The definition of Craft is continuously evolving throughout different moments in history. In an age that demands and begets instant gratification, the relevance of Craft is once again called into question. It is timely that Craft deserve a greater critical dialogue and due recognition. Archifest 2019 seeks to recognise, enlighten and spark many a design discourse of Craft. We look forward to engaging the fraternity, creative circles, institutions, students, hobbyists, man from the streets and even the skeptics in the explorative participation in the festival.We hope that lives could be enriched, beauty discovered and friendships forged; to the simplest act of bringing a smile to the visitors of the festival.
“Though it may not solve world
problems, craft does indeed
make us happier.”
About Craft
Throughout the ages, architecture has always been preoccupied with the bespoke. Working alongside artisans, architects develop deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place. This year, we are pleased to reveal that the theme for the festival is Craft.

This discussion is timely and relevant as the practice and the construction landscape is rapidly evolving. If the broadest definition of craft is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we locate it within the realm of architectural production or construction in an age where expediency and efficiency are privileged?

While we wish to focus on the role of craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more.

The maker culture that leverages highly on open source and technology hacks the longstanding artisan mode of production. While the cut and paste approach democratizes and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it does raise questions on issues of equity and ethics.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and the public alike in a richer understanding of craft.

In understanding Craft, the festival seeks to explore its multi-faceted manifestations through three different allegories, Objects, Time and Digital, each distinctive in its influence on the evolution of Craft.
The festival wishes to honour and recognize those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft of architecture. Craft has always been an intrinsic part of architecture since time immemorial. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.
About Craft
Throughout the ages, architecture has always been preoccupied with the bespoke. Working alongside artisans, architects develop deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place. This year, we are pleased to reveal that the theme for the festival is Craft.

This discussion is timely and relevant as the practice and the construction landscape is rapidly evolving. If the broadest definition of craft is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we locate it within the realm of architectural production or construction in an age where expediency and efficiency are privileged?

While we wish to focus on the role of craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more.

The maker culture that leverages highly on open source and technology hacks the longstanding artisan mode of production. While the cut and paste approach democratizes and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it does raise questions on issues of equity and ethics.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and the public alike in a richer understanding of craft.

In understanding Craft, the festival seeks to explore its multi-faceted manifestations through three different allegories, Objects, Time and Digital, each distinctive in its influence on the evolution of Craft.
The festival wishes to honour and recognize those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft of architecture. Craft has always been an intrinsic part of architecture since time immemorial. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.