SIA Virtual Conference

28 - 30 Sep 2020

Architecture Saving OUR World - Our conference brings together speakers from all over the world to discuss some of the most pressing issues that we are facing in the architecture industry now. This year, in response to the global pandemic, we will be hosting a virtual conference and exploring three themes: Radical Indigenism, Design Empowerment and Empathic Intervention. These themes have been chosen with special attention to align with the specific expertise from our curated list of inspiring speakers.

Case studies of the speakers' projects and interviews with the speakers are also compiled in a book, view the book here




Special Dialogue with Anna Heringer

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*Limited Seats*  28 Sep / 7:00 - 8:15pm Singapore  time

How to Save OUR World while Running a Sustainable Architecture Practice

By Anna Heringer, Studio Anna Heringer | Germany

< DESI Training Center, Bangladesh by Studio Anna Heringer.

Photography: Naquib Hossain


Conference themes




3.00 - 6.00 pm

Singapore time

Radical Indigenism 

The CONTEXT of design

/ Local issues, indigenous culture, materiality, ecological sustainability 


Building on the term “Radical Indigenism” recently coined by environmentalist designer Julia Watson, the Conference starts with acknowledging the indigenous culture and local wisdom. How can architecture learn from the vernacular system, materiality and philosophy, to improve our environment and our lives? Focusing on the CONTEXT of design, discussion in this session will range from cultural heritage, traditional material, rural development, renewable energy, sustainable habitat, to human existentialism.


Low Shi Ping

- Contributing Editor of design and architecture magazine d+a

- Director of content development consultancy LSP Communications


Anna Heringer

Studio Anna Heringer | Germany

XU Tiantian

DnA_Design and Architecture | China

Vo Trong Nghia

VTN Architects | Vietnam

Prasoon KUmar

BillionBricks | Singapore




3.00 - 5.30 pm

Singapore time




7.00 - 9.30 pm

Singapore time

Design Empowerment

The PROCESS of design 

/ Participatory, accessible, community engagement, social resilience 


The second session of the Conference will investigate the PROCESS of co-designing and co-working with communities. How can architects engage the local community through design and construction? And in the process, gaining deeper appreciation of the core value of the community that the architecture ultimately serve? Speakers in this session will share their unique methodology and experience in working with diverse communities, and discuss how architecture could be more collaborative, accessible, empowering, and resilient, whether in time of peace or crisis.


Dr. Ar. Lai Chee Kien


Hsieh Ying- chun

Atelier 3 | Taiwan

CAUKIN Studio | UK

Joshua Peasley

Harrison Marshall

Daliana Suryawinata

SHAU Rotterdam-Bandung | Indonesia

Florian Heinzelmann

IX Architects | Singapore

Ar. Chu Yang Keng

Empathic Interventions 

The IMPACT of design 

Humanistic, purposeful, urbanistic, tactical, place-making, transformative

The new post-COVID world presents much more volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Welcome to VUCA 2.0. How can we design buildings and cities more purposefully so that they can fight against climate change, natural disasters, health risks and future pandemic? The final session of the Conference will examine the IMPACT of architecture from the human level to the urban level, and discuss the meanings of impact, design ethics, and the inevitable trade-offs, while pushing architecture to the frontline of humanity and ecological wellness.


Dr. Jeffery Chan Kok Hui

- Asst Prof, HASS, SUTD


Stefan Sjoberg

Kjellander Sjöberg | Sweden

kelly Alvarez Doran

MASS Design Group | Rwanda, UK

James shen

People's Architecture Office | US, China

William Ti Jr.

WTA Architecture and Design Studio | Philippines

Ar. Michael Leong

SAA Architects | Singapore



Registration and Fees

3 day pass

(Not inclusive of Special Dialogue with Anna Heringer)

1 day pass

(Not inclusive of Special Dialogue with Anna Heringer)

* Limited seats *

Special Dialogue

with Anna Heringer

SIA member

S$155 S$ 80

S$ 35

S$ 35


S$310 S$ 160

S$ 70

S$ 70

SIA student member

S$30 S$ 20

Minimum is a 3-day pass


S$45 S$ 30