Since you were a part of the Design Vanguard, what has changed for your firm?
The Design Vanguard gave us exposure internationally. We are publishing our works more extensively in international journals as a result.
How have your design sensibilities changed since that time?
The underlying design sensibilities have not changed much. I am doing a wider range of building types.
What future goals/plans do you have for your firm?
I will like to build the firm to be a multi-disciplinary design firm consisting of landscape design, interior, product design, and graphic design. SCDA will continue to work on design commissions internationally and on projects of a variety of scales.
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Pictured: Sentosa Cove House; Photo courtesy SCDA Architects
Back in 2003, when he was a part of Record’s Design Vanguard, Soo Chan, principal of Singapore–based SCDA Architects, was obviously at the start of a very fruitful career. His boldly modern, globally influenced residential designs were in demand in his native Malaysia, as well as his adopted home of Singapore. Then, Chan’s view was on a more expanded target market—a desire to bring his designs to other countries. There’s no doubt that this architect has accomplished his goal. While steadily working locally, Chan’s office now has on-the-boards projects including hotels and resorts as well as residences in China, the Maldives, Vietnam, Dubai, and India, as well as master-planning projects in Morocco and Algeria. Now, with an office that went from 25 to 39 employees since 2003, Chan is ready to expand his firm into a multi-disciplinary office that covers everything from architectural and landscape services to product and graphic design.
Soo Chan, principal
M.Arch., Yale University, 1997; B.A., Washington University, 1984
A61, Singapore, 1990–95; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, 1988–90; Allan Greenberg Architects, 1987–88
Key completed projects:
Master plan and housing development, Shanghai, 2003; Lincoln Modern apartment tower, Singapore, 2002; Ladyhill condominium, Singapore, 2002; Andrew Road House, Singapore, 2002; Heeren Shophouse, Malacca, Malaysia, 2000; Coronation Road West House, Singapore, 1998
Key current projects:
Houses on the mountain in Shenzhen, China; Resorts in Maldives and Vietnam; Hotels in Dubai and India; Master planning projects in Morocco and Algeria; condominium and office development in Singapore.