Category Archives: Education

Events related to education, eg Guest Lectures and Debates, organized by The Architecture Society

TAS Films 2016: Koolhaas Houselife

Koolhaas Houselife Poster

The Architecture Society is proud to present Ila Bêka and Louis Lemoine’s documentary Koolhaas Houselife.

The first project of the Living Architectures series, Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture. The film lets the viewer enter into the house’s daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Pungent, funny and touching.

Date: 22 July 2016, Fri
Time: 7.00 PM
Venue: URA Function Hall, Level 5

Admission is free


TAS Debates 2016: Photography killed architecture


The 6th TAS Debates will take place on 15th July 2016 and will, for the first time, collaborate with  SUTD for friendly competition. The debate is a platform for academia, professionals and student to discuss issues and themes pertaining to architecture. This year, the debate motion is, “PHOTOGRAPHY KILLED ARCHITECTURE”.

A team of 1 professor and 2 students from any year of study will be nominated to represent NUS and SUTD for the debates. The champion is decided by audience vote.

Proposition: National University of Singapore

Dr Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui, Ng Yi Loong, Lim Zi Yuan

Opposition: Singapore University of Technology and Design

Mr. Calvin Chia You Jin, Ong Yong Siang, Tan Yen Lin

Debate format

Proposition 1st speaker: Opening stand (5 mins)
Opposition 1st speaker: Counter and opening stand (5 mins)

Opposition 2nd speaker: Questions directed at a proposing speaker  (1.5 mins)
Addressed proposing speaker: Answers questions (3.5 mins)
Opposition 2nd speaker: Questions directed at another proposing speaker (1.5 mins)
Addressed proposing speaker: Answers questions (3.5 mins)

Proposition 2nd speaker: Questions directed at a opposing speaker  (1.5 mins)
Addressed opposing speaker: Answers questions (3.5 mins)
Proposition 2nd speaker: Questions directed at another proposing speaker (1.5 mins)
Addressed proposing speaker: Answers questions (3.5 mins)

Q&A from the floor (20 mins)

Proposition 3rd speaker: Conclusion (5 mins)
Opposition 3rd speaker: Conclusion (5 mins)


Cloud Library Design Competition

Cloud Library Design Competition
an initiation by TAS

Cloud Library Design Competition invites students to come up with innovative book shelf designs for our current Cloud Library. Contribute your ideas for a new library shelf, and stand a chance to win S$300 cash!*

Entry guidelines / Design brief

Individuals will be required to submit a design for a book shelf for the cloud library located at SDE3 level 2, with given dimension (3mx4m with no restriction in height) in accordance with the criteria stated.

The space to be designed:

  • The shelf design should include two sections: one for permanent collection and one for books/magazines giveaway.
  • Entries should showcase well-designed and functional solutions.
  • Entries must be able to store up to 250 books and magazines.
  • Work with given diacrete wood wool cement board of the following (Do not design with wood pieces larger than the given dimension)
    • 300mmx1150mm
    • 900mmx900mm
    • 550mmx600mm
    • All boards are 20mm in thickness as shown below

Examples of design using diacrete wood wool cement board:



1st Prize: S$300 Cash*

*Winner is required to build the actual design and use this amount to purchase additional materials. Cement-wood board will be provided.

Submission Requirements:

Artwork must include general dimensions of the shelves, and have an accompanying description of no more than 150 words to explain design concept.

  1. Artwork size: A1 in PDF (300dpi)
  2. Submit through email to
  3. Deadline: 3rd Jan 2015

Download the brief @ Cloud Library design brief
For further enquiries please direct emails to

BUZZTALK by Ong Tze Boon

BUZZTALK by Ong Tze Boon
28th September, Monday


TAS presents “Buzztalk” by Ong Tze Boon, the Group Executive Chairman of ONG&ONG and the current president of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).

Join us in this lecture where he will share his visions in architecture with us!
See you next Monday at LR427 at 6.30pm!

Refreshments will be provided!

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117 566


Motion: The idolisation of ‘starchitects’ is detrimental to architectural education.

Proposition Team:
Dr Chang Jiat Hwee – Asst Prof at the Dept of Architecture, NUS
Mr Yee-Chin Teo – Principal, Red Bean Architects
Ms Samantha Chia – NUS B.A. (Arch.) Year 3

Opposition Team:
Mr Richard Ho – Adjunct Assoc Prof at the Dept of Architecture, NUS
Mr Sri Saravanan Subramaniam – NUS M.Arch. 2013
Ms Aileen Koh – NUS M.Arch. 2012

Mr Praveen Nair – NUS B.A. (Arch.) Year 3. VP (Internal), 34th TAS EXCO.

Tan Wei Ming, Delwin Tan – 34th TAS EXCO.

See you there at The Substation on 4th July, 6.30pm.

tas debates poster