LAUD Architects

LAUD Architects constantly seeks to push the boundaries of contemporary design; exploring both architectural and related disciplines to find new and innovative design solutions. Amid these pursuits, emphasis is still firmly placed on the appropriate and creative use of technologies, materials, space and forms that run beyond fulfilling the client’s brief. It seeks to create architecture that engages the senses and heightens the awareness of space, yet never losing sight of basic functional requirements. Architecture is created through the interaction of social, economic and environmental factors and it is within these parameters that it endeavours to make architecture relevant and integrated to its context. LAUD seeks out particular constraints (be it site, programmatically or socially-related) and unique characteristics and strives to turn these into distinguishing design features that make each project unique and sensitive to the environment.

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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…