She received recognition for her design verve in 2010 when she was listed as one of Singapore’s 20 leading architects under the age of 45 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Angelene Chan was conferred the President’s Design Award (P*DA) for her design of Sunray Woodcraft Construction Headquarters, and then named P*DA Designer of the Year by President Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s highest design accolade. Among her portfolio are award-winning projects that she spearheaded, which include The Dubai Mall, Resorts World Sentosa and the transformation of Wisma Atria shopping mall along Orchard Road. Chan is Chairman of DP Architects, Chairman of URA Design Advisory Committee and Vice-Chairman of Dover Park Hospice. As an active contributor to the profession and building industry, she also sits on Singapore’s Board of Architects, Professional Engineers Board, and Sentosa Development Corporation Board.
How does research play out in your design, especially in the context of COVID-19?
Research is the means to create new knowledge and to evolve new solutions to design challenges. As designers, we need new ideas; and research will help us to relook at an issue or problem through a different lens and discover new possibilities. Research fills knowledge gaps within the practice; hence, it is a way to develop our craft and design a creative business edge.