Changi Airport T4 and The Warehouse Hotel are just some recipients that have been honoured for their impact on the living environment.
18 July 2018
Text by Asih Jenie
Established in 2006 and jointly organised by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the President’s Design Award (PDA) took a bold move last year by revamping its annual format to a biennial cycle. The purpose? To place greater emphasis on outcome-based design impact, in addition to the existing criteria of excellence in design craftsmanship.
Held on 17 July, this year’s gala at the Istana saw President Halimah Yacob presenting the award to two Designer of the Year and nine Design of the Year recipients. The winning eleven entries were picked from a total of 131 eligible entries.
“Singapore has always tapped the power of design to meet many challenges we face as a small island nation. The recipients embody this spirit of transforming and improving lives, businesses, society and even the world through design,” said Dsg Executive Director Mark Wee.
Angelene Chan. Portrait by Juliana Tan, courtesy of DP Architects
Singapore Blue by Hans Tan. Photo by Khoo Guo Jie / Studio Periphery
Chan was awarded the accolade for her work in architecture, and Tan for his work in product and industrial design.
In addition to the eleven award recipients, lighting designer Toh Yah Li, Partner at Light Collab, was commended for her work in lighting design.
Toh Yah Li. Portrait courtesy of Light Collab
Candidates for the Designer of the Year category were evaluated on their design philosophy; innovation and originality; leadership in their disciplines; and portfolio of works that have demonstrated impact on contemporary life and living environment, and have social and national significance as well as a value as icons.
Photo by Future Stage Creations
Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall
Photo by Zhou Yue Dong
Photo by Darren Soh
Photo courtesy of Changi Airport T4
Photo by Koh Sze Kiat / Oddinary Studios
Photo by The Warehouse Hotel
Photo by billionBricks
Photo by fuelfor
Candidates for the Design of the Year category were evaluated on the innovation and originality in design ethos; design research; aesthetics and craftsmanship; and impact in one (or more) of these four areas: enabling economic transformation; raising quality of life; advancing Singapore’s brand, culture and community; and ground-breaking design achievements.
Visit PDA’s official page for more information!
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