Chan Soo Khian

July 6, 2015 architectusa

Chan Soo Khian

Architect Chan Soo Khian

from Singapore City (新加坡), Singapore State in Singapore (新加坡)

  • 8 Teck Lim Road Singapore 088385
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  • +65 6324 5458
  • +65 6324 5450


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Birth Year

January 7, 1962

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Penang, Malaysia, Asia-South and East

Description, Philosophy, History

Architect Chan Soo Khian is the founding principal architect and design director of award winning architectural practice SCDA Architects.Soo obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington University and Master of Architecture degree at Yale University.He has taught in several international architectural schools including National University of Singapore, Syracuse University and has also lectured at Tamsui University, Taipei, University of Paris and Notre Dame University.Besides architecture, he has also extended his repertoire to different aspects of lifestyle – being the owner and designer for Alila Villas Soori, Bali, a luxury resort featuring Soori Living, a range of modern contemporary furniture and The Soori Spa, and the newly minted culinary arm – Bistro Soori, a restaurant located at the ground level art décor rowhouses of SCDA’s headquarters in Singapore.Soo is also one of the design panelist for renowned Milan-based furniture brand, Poliform SPA, also known as The Salone Internazionale del Mobile. In 2007, Soo appeared in Tatler's selective Asia-wide list for the Top 100 People You Should Know In Asia. He has also been featured on the 300 List of the 2013 Singapore's power elite by the same prestigious Singapore Tatler Magazine.SCDA ARCHITECTS is one of the leading architectural practice in the World. It was established in 1995 by Architect Chan Soo Khian. The design principal is a graduate from Yale University and has extensive professional and academic experience having taught in universities in the United States and Singapore. The office currently employs a staff of 80, 55 of whom are architects, 18 are interior designers and 5 are landscape designers. Its holistic approach to Architecture includes interior design, landscape design and planning services. The practice has extensive experience with private residences, resort hotels, apartments and commercial buildings.SCDA ARCHITECTS has won many design awards including The Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award 2005 for Lincoln Modern, the ar+d 2002 Emerging Architecture Award – Highly Commended for House in Malacca, and the Golden Award – National Integrated Design Award, China for Lakeside Ville and was also selected by the Architectural Record (USA) as one of the Year 2003 Design Vanguard firms. It has also won many numerous local design awards.


School Attended:
Master of Architecture - Yale University

Architecture Style

Building Technology



Soo was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year and also the recipient of the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006. The practice was recognized as one of the Design Vanguard firms, redefining the Face of Architecture by Architectural Record USA. SCDA was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award for the Lincoln Modern in 2003, and also the recipient of nine Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. Soo was also conferred as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects as a recognition for his standing in the profession and advancement of architecture.His works have been published in international journals and books including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Interni, Lotus, Monument and World Architecture. SCDA projects have also been presented at the Venice Biennale, 2004 and in recent times, The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2010 and 2011 consecutively.

The Chicago Athenaeum 2010 International Architecture Award for Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore The Chicago Athenaeum 2010 International Architecture Award for Alila Villas Hadahaa, Maldives Bloomberg Asia Pacific Property Awards 2010 Best Architecture Award for Prive @ Lonavala, India Cityscape Architectural Awards 2008, Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore SIA Architectural Design Award 2001/ 2006/ 2008/ 2010 The Chicago Athenaeum 2007 International Architecture Award for Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore Winner of SIA-GETZ Architecture Prize 2006 for Emergent Architecture in Asia Winner of Singapore President’s Award – Designer of the Year 2006 Gold Medal Award for the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2005-2006 for Heeren Street Shophouse, Malacca Gold Award for the Miami Bienal 2005 International Competition for The Ladyhill, Singapore The Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award 2005 for Lincoln Modern, Singapore Architectural Record Design Vanguard Firm, 2003 ar+d Emerging Architecture Award 2002 – Highly Commended for House in Malacca


Venice Biennale 9th International Architecture Exhibition, 2004[11] Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 2010 & 2011 URA Architectural Heritage Awards, 2003 ar + d Emerging Architecture Exhibition 2002, Copenhagen 6th SIA Design Award Exhibition, 2001[12] SIA Design Façade Award, 2001 URA Architectural Heritage Award 1999, CHIJMES Jewellery Design - De Beers Millennium Collection 1999, Singapore Traveling Exhibition on recent works by SCDA Architects - Syracuse University New York, USA, 1998 5th SIA Architectural Design Awards, 1998 The Art of Building Cities: A Challenge for a New Millennium, Chicago Cultural Center, 1995 A Vision of Europe – Urban Renaissance, Bologne, Italy, 1995 Yale Art & Architecture Gallery, House Exhibit, 1995