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The graduating class of 2021 from the Masters of Architecture in National University of Singapore (NUS) is proud to present M.ARCH SHOW 2021: Intersections. The online exhibition is a celebration of the tremendous body of work put forward by the class over the past year, split into five clusters that align with different discourses within the discipline of architecture. To accompany the virtual exhibition, we have organised a series of online dialogues that further delve into the thesis and the themes surrounding it.

The Opening Ceremony will reflect on the past thesis year and present the curation of the exhibition and the online series, culminating in the launch of the exhibition.

The Role of a Thesis: 4th July (Sun), 4PM – 5.30PM

The process of a thesis can be daunting for many prospective students; what is expected of them, how a thesis can contribute to their growth as a designer, or how a thesis might be relevant to them in future. To encourage students and shed some light on these major questions, the Committee has arranged for personal viewpoints from newly graduated student presenters, as well as discussions involving industry professionals and academics. Through this, we hope prospective students will be more equipped to embark on their own thesis journeys.

Guest Speakers:

Chan Soo Khian (Founding principal and design director of SCDA, Professor in practice at NUS)

Ong Ker Shing (Associate Professor, NUS B.Arch Prog Director)

Frederick Peter Ortner (Assistant professor, SUTD M.Arch and PhD Prog. Coordinator)

Student Presenters:

Sharmaine Toh (The Energy Revolution)

Anna Claudia Yenardi (Sharing a Backyard)

Urbanism and Environments takes the position that architecture is inherently ecological; it exists within an extensive network of relationships beyond our immediate, perceptible senses. By uncovering the embedded potentials of knowledge outside the discipline, synthesizing them with design methodologies, and re-embedding the architecture within a larger ecosystem, the works of this cluster take a multi-disciplinary approach.


Guest Speakers:

Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna (FREng, Everest Chair)

Leonard Ng Keok Poh (Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Country Director of Singapore)

Student Presenters:

Keith Tay (Urban Mine for disassembly and reassembly of e-waste)

Shirley Lim (Microville: A Blueprint for a Microbe-friendly Home)

Vivienne Kang (Hydrosocial Assemblage)

The disciplinarity of architecture is today steeped in anxiety as increasingly, institutions, corporations, and economical forces threaten its legitimacy in both the academy and practice. To remain relevant, Architecture has a historical tendency to borrow from other purer disciplines, but that has only emphasised the ambiguity and elusiveness of architecture itself.

As an alternative, the cluster of Critical Architecture first reflects on problems internal to the discipline, before searching for problems external to discipline. Using three thesis projects as vehicles of discussion, the forum will locate architecture, (de)limit where the discipline ends, or even, where it begins.

Guest Speakers:

Erik G. L’Heureux FAIA (Vice Dean + Master of Architecture Programme Director, Dean’s Chair Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, NUS)

Adrianne Wilson (Partner & Intermedia Designer, Wilson Wootton)

Student Presenters:

Goi Yong Chern (Semoga Bahagia)

Natasha Lee (Still Life)

Anthea Phua (How to Live with Another)

Architecture, a practice so entwined with making, doing, and craft, cannot be divorced from the technologies and techne which influence it. From Drawing to Computer Aided Design, and now to advancements such as computational design methods and new media like virtual reality, technology has gone beyond a tool for drawing and communicating to a tool for thinking, optimising and materialising ideas into form.

The theses of this cluster attempt to reimagine the architect in this data-driven, interconnected world in which technological advancement occurs at an ever-accelerating pace. Responding to the blend between the digital, the material, and the architectural, the works respond to the technological zeitgeist and lay out the next step in architecture’s evolution.

Guest Speakers:
Dr Patrick Janssen (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, NUS + Director, Design Automation Laboratory)
Pan Yicheng (Design Director + Co-Founder, Superstructure SG + Design Director / Co Founder, Produce. Workshop Pte Ltd + Principal, Type0 Architects)
Vignesh Kaushik (Asia Regions Design Technology Director, Gensler)

We leave behind walls and stories, to tell a meaningful tale of how we came to be. The cluster presents a short film, which attempts to make obvious the differences and multiplicity of viewpoints and stances towards the topic of history and heritage. Together with the conversation with guest speaker, Dr. Johannes Widodo, the forum aims to explain and elaborate upon the process, thinking, and struggles behind choosing what we tangibly retain.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Johannes Widodo (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, NUS + Program Director of Master of Arts in Architecture Conservation)

All student works presented in a short film.

The architectural thesis often acts as a vehicle for a student to take aim at dominant ideology, policy, and hierarchies. In doing so, the student must grapple with how they inhabit the position of the other. This conversation surfaces the stories of several students who have lived the thesis – how they have immersed themselves within roles, enlisted in the groups they speak for, and returned to tell the tale.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Lilian Chee (Associate Professor + Co-Leader, Research by Design Cluster, Department of Architecture, NUS)

Marianna Janowicz (Editor, Edit Collective)

Student Presenters:

Ahmad Nazaruddin (Pleasure Fields: Negotiating Queer Space and Time)

Gabrielle Wong (City Playbook)

Rachel Sim (Electoral Politics in Singapore: Helping Opposition Parties)

Wong Chi Khay (Transiency & Liminality: A Coexistence Approach to rethinking Foreign Worker Dormitories in Singapore)

Given the perceived specificity of an architectural degree, some might wonder about the various unique and creative career paths they can take upon graduation; more importantly, how an architectural education could contribute to alternative goals. To answer these questions, the Committee has brought together 3 inspiring graduates who have forged careers outside of the architectural office – in areas such as fine arts, curation, business and academia. Through their individual stories, we hope to inspire students and fellow graduates, open up their minds to new possibilities, and give them alternative futures to aspire to.

Guest Speakers:

Genevieve Ang (Ceramicist, Gellyvieve )

Jefferson Jong (Director at Art Agenda, S.E.A)

Tham Wai Hon (Principal, Tacit Design)

NUS M.Arch Gradshow 2021 What’s Next: Alternative Pathways

This year, we’re leaving slightly differently. Instead of representing the student body as a homogeneous monolith, we choose to acknowledge the diversity in our work, converging our differences into an eclectic whole. Weaving together five discursive clusters that underlie the prevailing positions of this year’s graduating batch, we recognise that no one position articulates the architectural discipline. Thus a challenge befalls us. With the various trajectories represented by the myriad of works, how do we achieve cohesion as a batch, while embracing our diversity?