Join speakers from Future Cities Laboratory, Ngee Ann Poly Etc Lab, Chu Hwai and Trecia Lim in a conversation about sustainable building within the tropical regions and learn how sustainable materials and building techniques can be utilised to provide solutions for the less provided and disaster-struck.

Miya IRAWATI from Future Cities Laboratory

Miya holds M.Sc. degree in Construction and Real Estate Management from a joint study program of HTW Berlin and Helsinki Metropolia and B.Arch degree from Trisakti University in Jakarta. She has practiced architecture and urban design in Indonesia. She is also a green building practitioner and has in the past engaged with several architect consultants in Jakarta and Bandung for green building design and simulation. With an interest focused on urban development and housing provision in the developing world, local economic development, and community empowerment, Miya has conducted various research projects ranging from policies to pilot initiatives in Indonesia.

Between 2009-2015 she helped the Indonesia government and municipalities drafting public policy papers through development research focused the areas of housing and settlement, slum upgradation and spatial planning in Indonesia. Following the outputs of this research, she was engaged as a consultant with the World Bank and UN Habitat on urban land and housing provision policy then later had collaborations with UNESCO on research related to urban heritage area of Jakarta and urban water management.

Miya continues to be of the Executive Board of the NGO “Partner of the Environment Fund” (Dana Mitra Lingkungan). It was established in 1983 and works as a mediator between the Indonesian government, civil society, and the private sector in solving environmental problems in Indonesia. Her work at the NGO included empowering the local government and community in the watershed of the Ciliwung river which led to several international awards for the community on solutions to environmental problems in Ciliwung. She works as an environment advocate through media dialogues.

Raja Mohammad Fairuz from ETC LAB

Raja teaches Architecture in School of Design & Environment, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Having undergone his architectural education in NUS and worked a few years in architectural firms, he figured that working with underserved communities abroad and teaching the next generation of architects was his calling. He firmly believes that design can help to improve the lives of others, especially underserved communities who have no access to good design. He also co-chairs etc.lab, a research and consultancy arm of the school, whose mission is to empower communities through design.

He rubs off his passion of working with underserved communities in South East Asia to his students by launching design and build projects in these communities to understand their way of life, learn their craft and traditions and understand the challenges they face. He incorporates community-participatory design approaches into design-studio module as part of the students’ hands-on learning experience in solving real world problems. By adopting service-learning teaching pedagogy in design studio, he enables students to utilize concepts learned in school to co-create humble architecture with local communities that are low cost, culturally appropriate and site specific.’

Trecia Lim

Trecia has more than 10 years working in the construction field with the private sector, within Singapore and Australia. Over the years, Trecia has developed interest in the topic of people and cultures, especially within the Southeast Asia context. She is drawn to the diversity and colours of the culture and history in this region. Through her travels around the world, she has concluded that there is something one can do, to improve the living conditions and bringing on a smile from the less provided for communities. Basic and sustainable infrastructure is essential for the decent survival of any communities. Upon which, education in the form of academics and skill sets becomes the primary source of means for the communities to have a better living.

Since leaving the corporate sector in early 2017, Trecia has been spending her time working with isolated communities around Asia, looking at community improvement projects.

Chu Hwai
Chu Hwai graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012 with a Master of Architecture (1st Class Honours). His next four years were spent working in Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on master planning, and the design and development of a number of infrastructure projects to facilitate the development and rejuvenation of Singapore.

Chu Hwai also spent time in Tokyo with leading Japanese architecture and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei, where he worked on medium to large scale mixed development projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Japan. He subsequently joined Changi Airport Group in 2017, and is currently part of the team overseeing the design and development of the upcoming Terminal 5.

Chu Hwai is deeply committed to improving the lives of others through design. He actively volunteers his time to building houses for the needy communities in rural areas of Southeast Asia, as well as other community service projects, on a pro bono basis. Over the past few years, he regularly spent much of his weekends joining the EPIC Homes initiative to build sustainable homes in rural Malaysia together with the prospective homeowners and other volunteers. With proper engagement and empowerment of the local communities and beneficiaries, this initiative aims to meet both physical and emotional needs of the underprivileged. Chu Hwai believes that small actions like his individual enthusiasm will be able to influence and inspire more people to participate in this collective effort in driving social change and improving the needy communities.

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Sun Sep 30, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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