What’s next for conservation

Calendar 5 April 2019
Time 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm. Registration from 3.30pm, seated by 4.00pm 
Location  Chamber at The Art House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Calendar Office Attire
rsvp Free event. RSVP required.
cpd 2 BOA-SIA CPD pts, 2 SIP CPD pts, 1 SILA CPD pts


Seats at the Chamber are available on a first come first serve basis. Because there is no standing room, late comers may be denied entry. Please come early to avoid disappointment.


Lecture Poster (296 KB)


Since 1970 we have gazetted over 7000 buildings and our historic districts have put Singapore on the map. This year also marks 30 years since URA became conservation authority. Singapore has adopted an integrated planning approach to conservation, which has emphasised the importance of weaving conservation into the living urban fabric of the modern city. The pragmatic approach to work with markets and the emphasis on adaptive re-use has also made conservation an economically viable project. Throughout the years conservation has also moved from a government-led effort to a community-driven approach with an important emphasis on the social and historic memory of places and buildings.

Given this trajectory what more can we do for conservation? We’ve focused on conserving the bulk of our historic districts and areas and iconic buildings across the island, and we’ve moved into conserving our post-independence heritage, but there are still challenges and opportunities to be dealt with both for current historic districts and new modernist icons marking Singapore’s development. The panel will bring together a range of voices from planners, academics and civil society to discuss this important question.


Hwang Yu Ning
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Planner
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Ms Hwang Yu-Ning is the current Acting Deputy CEO and Chief Planner for the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Having served in URA, Ministry of National Development and Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms Hwang’s experiences include long term strategic planning, local urban design, master planning, policy development and coordination across government. She currently guides URA’s land use planning to enhance liveability, economic development and future physical capacity.


Koh-Lim Wen Gin
Board of Directors, 
Keppel Land,
Former Chief Planner & Deputy 
CEO, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Mrs Koh played a key role in shaping Singapore's cityscape through her career with the Urban Redevelopment Authority ("URA"). She was URA's Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer between 2001 and 2008. She was involved in a variety of high quality landmark developments which have contributed to Singapore's growth as a global city. She was also instrumental in spearheading the nation's building conservation programme covering more than 6,800 heritage buildings. The programme was awarded the prestigious Global Award for Excellence by the Urban Land Institute in 2006.


Dr Johannes Widodo
Associate Professor, School of Design & Environment, 
National University of Singapore

Dr Widodo received his first professional degree in Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University (Ir., Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (M.Arch.Eng., Belgium, 1988), and Doctor in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (PhD, Japan, 1996). He is the director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), and Executive Editor of JSEAA (Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture) at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.


Dr Chua Ai Lin
Singapore Heritage Society

Chua Ai Lin is the Executive Director of the Singapore Heritage Society, as well as and an independent researcher and consultant with substantial experience in academia, the public sector, private consultancy and civil society. She currently holds appointments as Vice President of the Singapore Heritage Society; as a member of the National Library Advisory Committee, the National Heritage Board Project Grant external evaluation panel, the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Design Advisory Panel (Conservation), and Vice Chairperson of the selection committee of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship.


Mok Wei Wei
Managing Director, 
W Architects Pte Ltd

Mok Wei Wei is presently Managing Director of W Architects Pte Ltd. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in 1982 from the National University of Singapore. Mok’s numerous architectural projects have received critical acclaim both locally and internationally. His works have been featured in numerous regional and international publications. In recognition of his contributions to Singapore’s architectural scene, he was conferred the President’s Design Award in 2007, the nation’s highest honour for design. Mok was a committee member of the Singapore Heritage society from 1995 to 2001. He is a member of the Preservation of Monuments Board from 1999 and subsequently the Deputy Chairman of the Board until December 2016. He is a board member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority since 2006, and is a board member of the Singapore Land Authority from 2015. In recognition of his contributions to public service, he was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2014.


Kelvin Ang

Director, Conservation Department (Conservation Management), 
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Mr Kelvin Ang has over a decade of experience in architecture and conservation at the URA. URA is Singapore’s national planning, land use and building conservation authority. He has led a multidisciplinary team to deliver several conservation projects including the gazette of over 700 buildings since 2003. His portfolio includes public education and partnership programmes, overseeing Place Management efforts and enforcement work.

National Gallery image credit to mark-meng from flickr