Q&A with Melvin Tan, Co-founding Partner, LAUD Architects: I want to make positive change for our profession

Q&A with Melvin Tan, Co-founding Partner, LAUD Architects: I want to make positive change for our profession

When you took office as President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), you laid out priorities similar to the ones presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale i.e. addressing the perennial issues professionals in the industry face, including low wages, a lack of work-life balance, and a high level of stress under project deadlines. What progress have you made on these fronts in mitigating these challenges? These issues have been ingrained into the practice culture for decades and we all know how tough it is to change mindsets. But the good news is that in this time, ever more so, we see a confluence of factors that have allowed the public sector, private sector and education institutions to align our efforts towards making positive change for our profession and the future of architecture. The government is fully supportive. Architecture firm owners are also aligned towards raising salaries and creating a conducive work environment in a bid to ensure the sustainability of our built industry. Our recent salary survey has shown that our efforts have paid off (no pun intended) with…