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The Board of Architects is the statutory authority established to administer the Architects Act in Singapore. The Architects Act 1991 sets out provisions to provide for the registration of architects, the regulation of architectural qualifications, the practice of architecture by registered individuals and the supply of architectural services by corporations.

Historical Background

Architectural professionalism had its beginnings in the nineteenth century. Before then, architects could concern themselves primarily with visual matters of form, space and style. They were responsible for broad profiles and could confidently leave much of the details in the capable hands of master craftsmen.

As their services became more predominantly commercial in character, architects began to offer their skills in return for a fee. Firms of building contractors, headed by men whose aims were profit oriented and sometimes speculative overtook master craftsmen. Faced with such an environment, the architecture profession had to maintain its competence, honesty and integrity and architects wished not to be confused with builders or surveyors.

To establish and maintain such a level of commitment to the profession, registration by Act of Parliament was made a requirement before architects were allowed to engage in supplying such architectural services. In modern Singapore, this requirement was made on 1st January 1927 during the British Colonial days as part of major initiatives towards the unification of profession and statutory registration in the early part of the twentieth century. Chapter 64, Ordinance No.12 of 1926 gave the provision to provide for the registration and to regulate the qualification of architects in the Colony. With it, the Board of Architects was constituted in Singapore and by perpetual succession, regulates and maintains t architects in Singapore. Independent Singapore had its first major architect's regulation in 1970 with the enactment of the Architects Act (Chapter 213).

The Board of Architects

The prevalent Architects Act of 1991 was enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore. This requires the Board of Architects to comprise of a President who shall be appointed from among registered architects, two registered architects selected from the Singapore Institute of Architects, not more than six other registered architects in the Board's register and one professional engineer on the nomination of the Professional Engineers Board. These members of the Board shall be appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years.

Composition of Board of Architects

With effect from 1st October 2005, the Board will consist of the following members: -

  1. The Commissioner of Building Control
  2. The President of Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore
  3. 6 registered architects who are elected by registered architects
  4. 6 registered architects who are appointed by the Minister, and
  5. A registered professional engineer from PEB

Board Member 2016-2018

Ar.Ar. Tan Shao Yen

Ar. Tan Shao Yen
CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
238B Thomson Road
#12-00 to #18-00, Tower B
Novena Square
Singapore 307685

Ar. Ashvinkumar s/o Kantilal

Ar. Ashvinkumar s/o Kantilal
510 Thomson Road
#11-00 SLF Building
Singapore 298135
  Ar. Chan Eng Chye, Theodore

Ar. Chan Eng Chye, Theodore
CIAP Architects Pte Ltd
1 North Bridge Road
#20-05 High Street Centre
Singapore 179094
Ar. Chan Kok Way

Ar. Chan Kok Way
SD Architects & Associates Pte. Ltd.
Blk 165 Bukit Merah Central
Singapore 150165
Ar. Chan Li Chen, Angelene

Ar. Chan Li Chen, Angelene
DP Architects Pte Ltd
6 Raffles Boulevard
#04-100 Marina Square
Singapore 039594
Ar. Cheah Kok Ming

Ar. Cheah Kok Ming
National University of Singapore
Department of Architecture
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
Ar. Fun Siew Leng

Ar. Fun Siew Leng
Urban Redevelopment Authority
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118
Ar. Ho Kong Fatt, Richard

Ar. Ho Kong Fatt, Richard
RichardHO Architects
691 East Coast Road
Singapore 459057
Ar. Liu Yaw Lin, Warren

Ar. Liu Yaw Lin, Warren
A D Lab Pte Ltd
229 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427489
Ar. Seah Chee Huang

Ar. Seah Chee Huang
DP Architects Pte Ltd
6 Raffles Boulevard
#04-100 Marina Square
Singapore 03959
Ar. Teh Joo Heng

Ar. Teh Joo Heng
Teh Joo Heng Architects
141 Middle Road
#03-04 GSM Building
Singapore 188976
Ar. Wo Mei Lan

Ar. Wo Mei Lan
Liu & Wo Architects Pte Ltd
35 Duxton Hill
Singapore 089613
Ar. Woo Kok Chew, Raymond

Ar. Woo Kok Chew, Raymond
Raymond Woo & Associates Architects
391A Orchard Road
#08-09 Ngee Ann City Tower A
Singapore 238873
Er. Chew Keat Chuan

Er. Chew Keat Chuan
Building Construction Authority
52 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 608550
Er. Neo Tee Boon Alfred

Er. Neo Tee Boon Alfred
Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd
168 Jalan Bukit Merah
#01-01 Connection One
Singapore 150168

Registrar, Board of Architects
Ar. Ng Lye Hock, Larry
Urban Redevelopment Authority
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118

The main functions provided by the Board under the Architects Act 1991 are:

(a) to keep and maintain a register of architects, a register of practitioners and a register of licensees;

(b) to hold or arrange for the holding of such examinations as the Board considers necessary for the purpose of enabling persons to qualify for registration under this Act;

(c) to establish, maintain and develop standards of professional conduct and ethics of the architectural profession;

(d) to promote learning and education in connection with architecture, either alone or in conjunction with any other professional body;

(e) to hear and determine disputes relating to professional conduct or ethics of registered architects or to appoint a committee or arbitrator to hear and determine those disputes;

(f) to appoint arbitrators for the purpose of hearing and determining disputes between registered architects or licensed corporations or partnerships and other persons;

(g) to license corporations or multi-discipline partnerships which intend to supply architectural services in Singapore; and

(h) generally to do all such acts, matters and things as are necessary to be carried out under the provisions of this Act.

Details of the legal constituents and roles are provided in the Rules & Laws section.



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