Architecture in Singapore is influenced by several designs and styles from across different eras as well as various countries and cultures. The pre-World War II influence I still very much in evidence as well as the European Neoclassical, gothic and renaissance styles, not to mention traditional Malay houses along with black and white bungalows. All this blends in beautifully with the modern, state-of-the-art high-rise properties that we see in the cities.
The emphasis on modern buildings is very much focused on being smart and sustainable and becoming not only the leaders in Asia but around the world. The objective is to ensure that 80% of the countries buildings are “green” by 2030 and indeed the country has invested S$50 million into the Green Mark Incentive Scheme. The scheme has been embraced by 80 cities globally with the label initially being developed in Singapore.
There are two central regulatory bodies which are the Board of Architects Singapore (BOA) and the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). All the major organisations will be registered with one or the other or in some cases, both bodies. The sector is extremely well regulated, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained in all projects regardless of if they are residential, commercial or missed use.