Conversations—The Conversation series comprise themed panels of three to four Speakers, focusing on architecture’s expanded engagement with other fields such as art, media, writing, domesticity, gender, labour, education, and more. The sessions shall take place in various locations in the city throughout the duration of the festival. Some of these sessions are independent conversations while others are tied to Archi-Interfaces.
The Future Is Now

This year’s SIA Gold Medal recipient, veteran architect and urban theorist William Lim will be giving his award lecture on 14 October at the The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre on Maxwell Road. Dedicating five decades to causes against urban inequality, he is an advocate of Asian local identity and cultural plurality, and ardent supporter of Singapore’s art and culture. Lim is indefatigable in his urge for urban change through various non-governmental organisations he founded with others.

There will be a Book Signing session for Singapore Dreaming: Managing Utopia by Asian Urban Lab, and The Social Imperative by AA Asia at the event.

Sat, Oct 14

10am – 12.30pm

The URA Centre Function Hall,
45 Maxwell Road, S 069118

William Lim (Asian Urban Lab / SIA Gold Medalist)

Richard Ho, MSIA (Richard Ho Architects)
Kwok Kian Woon (NTU)

Admission: Free

Architecture & Curation

This international panel of curators, place-makers and architects will explore the topic of architecture as both site and object of curation. Much has been made of the blurring of lines—between architecture and design, urbanism and art—in contemporary practice and perception, especially within the frame of the global proliferation of cultural infrastructure (museums, galleries, biennales, trade fairs, festivals etc). At the same time, the term “curation”, once the preserve of high-brow cultural institutions, has been appropriated by everyone from retail merchandisers to lifestyle bloggers. How then, might we best engage with the potentials, constraints and consequences of “curating” architecture, whether representing the built environment in exhibitions (and other cultural formats), or approaching buildings (and public spaces) as the grounds for curatorial intervention?

Thu, 5 Oct
6pm – 8pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Sarah Mineko Ichioka (Independent Curator, Writer and Strategist)
Adib Jalal (Co-founder and Director, Shophouse & Co.),
Ong Ker-Shing (Director, Lekker Architects),
Shirley Surya (Associate Curator,esign and Architecture, M+)

Admission: Free

Media & Architecture

Other than built space, how do architects communicate our work to the public? Traditional print and broadcast media have lately been joined by social media and even augmented reality. Technology makes the consumption of content increasingly intuitive to users. Amidst these changes, has the practice of architecture shifted from a discipline of technical production to a mode of communication? Is the use of media only about marketing ourselves, or is it also changing how we design and build?

This conversation will bring together practitioners using various forms of media, old and new.

Sat, Oct 14
3 - 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Teo Yee Chin, ASIA (The Singapore Architect)

Dr Erwin Viray, ASIA (SUTD ASD)
Khairudin Saharom (Kite Studio Architecture)
Narelle Yabuka (Cubes Indesign)
Ng San Son, MSIA (DPA)
Lim Zi Yuan (Vouse)

Admission: Free

Women & Architecture: Conversations On The Discipline

Architecture today is seeing an increased number of partnerships between couples, siblings, family and friends, as well individual women professional practices and academics. As one of the partners, women who are also spouses, daughters, mothers, sisters, mentors and teachers are often caught in work narratives and societal hierarchies that hinder equitable rights and access to options. In Asia, the deep sense of patriarchy further necessitates an adjustment of priorities. The (female) architect's allegiance between career and family, invariably challenges her social relationships, mental health and physical well being. This panel strives for a candid discussion on the discipline of the architectural discipline, in other words, what it means for women (and men) to practice, theorise, think and work within the current social-professional architectural schema.

Thu, 12 Oct
6pm – 8pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Lilian Chee (NUS)

Angelene Chan (DPA),
Ute Meta Bauer (CCA, NTU),
Swinal Samant (NUS), Sue Seah (CPG),
Josh Comaroff (Lekker Architects/SUTD),
Adrianne Jorgensen (FCL/ETH),
Khoo Peng Beng (Arc Studio and Urbanism)
and Belinda Huang (Arc Studio and Urbanism),
Tan Pin Pin

Admission: Free

The Textual & The Visual

Why should we bother researching, writing and reading about architecture and design? Aren’t these visual fields that have artifacts that speak for themselves? Why should our experience of architecture and design be mediated with texts? Who are the writers of architecture and design? Why do they write? What do they write about? Who do they write for? In this panel, we invite three prolific writers of different visual fields—Imran bin Tajudeen, Justin Zhuang and Chang Jiat Hwee—to share with us their experience of writing and researching on Singapore in Singapore.

Sat, 7 Oct
1pm – 3pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Fong Hoo Cheong, MSIA (HCFA)

Justin Zhuang (In Plain Words)
Imran bin Tajudeen (NUS)
Chang Jiat Hwee (NUS)

Admission: Free

Singapore Construction Innovation Road Map

Sharing on Adoption of DFMA In Singapore by Ms Leong-Kok Su Ming, Deputy Group Director, Construction Productivity and Quality Group, Building and Construction Authority

Presentation on PPVC by Johnny Lim, Executive Director, Teambuild

Project Sharing on Woodlands Care Home Adopting PPVC by Ms Ng Kim Hoon, Director, Healthcare Infrastructure Projects Division, Ministry of Health Holdings

Presentation on MET by Nick Milestone, Managing Director, Tiong Seng

Fri, 13 Oct
2pm – 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects
79 Neil Road, S 088904

Lee Kay Lian, MSIA
(Chief Operating Officer,
Pod Structures Pte Ltd

Leong Kok Ming (CPCF/BCA)
Nick Milestone (Tiong Seng Contractors)

Register at (CPD Event)

Admission: Free

Why Architect?

In conjunction with this year’s Archifest 2017, the Small and Medium Architectural Practices Committee (SMAP Committee) will be presenting another instalment of the popular “Why Architect?” forum.

This year’s Archifest theme is “Building Agency”—encompassing the participation of people in the agency of building our environment. Traditionally, this means the specialists of the building industry—architects holding a key role and responsibility. The consumption of spaces in today’s rapidly disruptive and digitised world, has made the art and science of building a common commodity. As the architecture discipline becomes increasingly more multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary to cater to the modern expectations, the questions that arise are who are the lead agencies in creating our buildings?

As designers of various inclinations take to the fore in their enthusiasm to be advocates of building, the consumer requires clarity and distinction on the roles these people play and the responsibilities that bear with these roles.

Sat, 7 Oct
3pm – 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Presenter / Moderator:
Casey Chua, MSIA
Architect (ADX Architects)

Teh Joo Heng, Architect (Teh Joo Heng Architects)
Jason Lim, Engineer (TnJ Consultats LLP)
Martin Tai, Builder (Lifestyle Home Pte Ltd)
Au Foo Yien, House Owner
Jiaxin Chum, Graduate Architect)

Admission: Free

Film & The City

The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a charity that focuses on culturally important works by independent Asian filmmakers. It preserves Asia’s rich film heritage in a permanent collection and promotes a wider critical appreciation of Asia’s cinematic works through initiating programmes like screenings and talks. This free event, curated by Asian Film Archive and SIA, features a series of selected films about the built environment of Singapore and the region.

Fri 6 Oct,
Fri 14 Oct,

The Projector (6 Oct),
NTU CCA (14 Oct)

Thong Kay Wee (Asian Film Archive)

Admission: Free

Building Agency & Inclusion

A more diverse and inclusive society can lead to a more resilient one—but what does this mean? There is greater wheelchair accessibility in our city. Public housing is believed to create a more dynamic multi-ethnic society. Today’s social organisations and social enterprises are seeking to address unmet social needs in innovative ways. This session welcomes a robust discussion on architecture, agency and inclusion with an interest in positive social change for vulnerable or marginalised groups in our society. To this end, the panel draws attention to collaborative strategies of inclusion in the overlap of the built and social space. What does it mean to be “inclusive”? What can different sectors, industries, organisations and individuals do to build a more resilient society? What are some assumptions about diversity and inclusion we should be aware of in taking on our next “integrative” project?

Sun, 15 Oct
2pm – 4pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Ho Han Peng (Lien Center for Social Innovation)


Admission: Free

Landscapes & Monuments Of Progress

When buildings go up, are they an emblem of our progress, or a means towards progress? What kind of social meanings, or social myths about progress do we invest in architecture? In particular, what myths and meanings have the Marina Bay Sands and the casino have taken on since their opening seven years ago? Join us for a dialogue featuring leading architects, urban planners and scholars on the hand architecture has in not reflecting, but creating “progress” in Singapore.

Sat, Oct 7

The URA Centre Function Hall,
45 Maxwell Road, S 069118

Tay Kheng Soon

Foo Pei Ying
Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Loh Kah Seng

Admission: Free

WY-TO Connects

WY-TO Connects brings together architects, designers, thinkers and innovators intimately concerned with contemporary local, regional and global issues. The inaugural series was launched at the 2017 Singapore Design Week, and its initial focus on architecture and design has evolved to include a diverse range of pressing urban, social and cultural themes. The second edition at Archifest 2017 takes on an exciting, inclusive curation that introduces pertinent topics to both the public and industry. Find out how the evolution of workspace design affects productivity, mobility and sociability; how innovative forms of display are changing the retail landscape; how new definitions of classrooms are redefining the way we educate children, and the urban, social, economic and mobility consequences that Singapore’s new transportation hubs and modes will create. From the established and highly influential large practices, to the compact and inventive studios, understand how strategic design is the catalyst for social change at WY-TO Connects.

Sat 7 Oct
Crafting Workspaces (AM Session)*
Derek MacKenzie, Managing Director of designphase dba

The Art of Display (PM Session)
Yann Follain, Managing Director, WY-TO
Sujit Tolat, Principal & Executive Director, Gallagher & Associates Asia
Shashikala Shanmugasundaram, Project Director, Funan Redevelopment
Ho Chiew Peng, Executive Director, Kingsmen Exhibits
Mike Lim, Director, DP Design

Sat 14 Oct
Education as Change Agent (AM Session)*
Phan Pit Li, Director, MKPL Architects
Dr Jawn Lim, Programme Director, Singapore Institute of Technology

Innovative Moving Spaces (PM Session)*
Nigel Greenhill and Li Sau Kei, Directors, GreenhilLi
*More speakers to be announced soon.

Sat 7 & 14 Oct
9.30am – 6.30pm

7 Oct:
Funan Showsuite, Junction of High Street and Hill Street

14 Oct:
National Design Centre Auditorium, Level 2, 111 Middle Road, S 188969


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Free (by registration)

A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting

Viewing art and the world as a metaphorical playground can provide the basis to orient creative thoughts and processes. ‘A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting’ is an explorative exercise to lay out playful contexts and gather unexpected associations. The programme consists of a presentation about Singapore playgrounds by writer Justin Zhuang interspersed by Cake Theatre’s recitations of Playground Manifesto, a selection of artists’ statements collected and ‘remixed’ over the years by artist Chun Kaifeng.

Wed, 11 Oct

7.30pm – 9.00pm

NTU CCA Singapore, The Single Screen,
43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)

Chun Kaifeng,
Justin Zhuang (In Plain Words),
Cake Theatrical Productions,
Lee Tat Haur, MSIA (TAt Architects)
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