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#24: The Architect Behind the Iconic People's Park Complex, Tay Kheng Soon

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Tay Kheng Soon is the founder and principal partner of the architect firm, Akitek Tenggara.

In the span of his career, he was responsible for many iconic buildings around Singapore. Some of these include (but not limited to) People's park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and KK Woman's and Children hospital.

He was president of the Singapore Institute of Architects (1991-1993); the founding member and chairman of the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (1970-1971); chairman of The Substation and founding member of DP Architects (1967-1974).

On the side, he is an adjunct architecture professor at the National University of Singapore.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Kheng Soon’s backpacking experience in the 1960s
  • Kheng Soon’s encounter with our late PM Lee Kuan Yew
  • The relationship between architecture and politics