Dinesh Ananthan Naidu


Dinesh Naidu is a Deputy Director at the Centre for Liveable Cities, where he oversees the Knowledge Platforms team. Prior to joining the Centre in early 2011, Dinesh was active as an independent researcher-writer as well as a social activist in the fields of urban and architectural design, development, history and heritage. He was Executive Secretary of the Singapore Heritage Society, Deputy Editor of Singapore Architect magazine, and was a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dinesh studied architecture at NUS, and graduated with a specialist honours degree in architectural history and theory in 1999.


Dinesh has been published in several journals and books, including Singapore Architect: Journal of the Singapore Institute of Architects, Rethinking Chinatown (2000), Asian Architects Vol. 2 (2001), Building Social Space in Singapore (2002). He was the writer in a multi-disciplinary team led by pioneer architect William S.W. Lim, which produced an exhibition on Singapore’s post-modern urbanism, and was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia in 2000. He presented a paper on the industrial landscapes of colonial Singapore at the Landscape and Politics conference at the University of Edinburgh in 2001. Supported by National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Dinesh presented a paper on Chinatown conservation at Ciudades del Patrimonio Mundial en Asia y America Latina conference in Panama City in 2003, and published in 2006. In 2004, Dinesh was principal author of a paper on alternative trends Singapore’s Modern architectural history at the VIIIth International DOCOMOMO Conference at Columbia University in New York City, supported by grants from Singapore International Foundation and Lee Foundation. This was published in 2008.


Dinesh has been invited to serve on a number of public committees, including the Arts and Culture Strategic Review Committee, set up by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts in 2010. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) also appointed him as an Assessment Committee Member for its Architectural Heritage Awards from 2005 to 2007. URA also appointed him to the ‘Old World Charm’ subject group that reviewed some heritage-related aspects of the Singapore Master Plan 2003. In his capacity as an expert or activist, Dinesh has been interviewed for articles or appearances in the International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Wallpaper, Orient Express, Straits Times, Business Times, TCS 5 and Channel News Asia.