Celebrating 50 years of

transforming Singapore

Over the past five decades, SDE alumni have helped to shape Singapore. Come celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2019. Catch up with fellow alumni, share memories, and work together towards a Well & Green future.

From the new CBD, through our heartland, to Sentosa, our alumni have made their mark

Working with policy makers, industry partners and our communities, SDE alumni have shaped our cityscape into a modern-day metropolis of smart infrastructure and sustainable developments, and transformed Singapore into one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The Sail @ Marina Bay
Site development in progress

The Sail @ Marina Bay
Chia Ngiang Hong
BSc (Estate Management) (Hons), 1977

“The Sail @ Marina Bay is the first residential project in the CBD and I’m glad to be part of the project team to bring back night life to the CBD which has since taken off very well.”

Our Tampines Hub
Formerly Tampines Stadium and Tampines Sports Hall

Our Tampines Hub
Seah Chee Huang
Master of Architecture, 2003

“Our Tampines Hub pioneers integration of residents and stakeholders to co-create a people-centric and inclusive social condenser that serves all walks of life in the Tampines community.”

Sentosa Cove
View of Sentosa Cove before development

Sentosa Cove
Kemmy Tan
BSc (Estate Management) (Hons), 1991

“Sentosa Cove was Singapore’s first oceanfront integrated residential and marina development. The development is very pioneering and transformational in nature as it defined new standards to live, work or play as the first community in Sentosa Cove.”

Meet SDE alumni behind Singapore's transformation

“The world is changing very rapidly and I am proud to see the alumni members bring with them valuable experience and real world relevance that can help to influence the direction of SDE and ensure that it remains at the forefront of shaping the future of Singapore’s design and build environment.”

Ngiang Hong has led various teams to win many awards for being green champion, quality and productivity leaders. He is also a pioneer in green and environmental leadership, influencing corporate attitudes to address the impact of climate change.

Chia Ngiang Hong | Class of 1977 (DRE)
Group General Manager,
City Developments Limited

“I am not so much interested in what architecture is, but what architecture can do for the larger community.”

Mizah is a designer and community organiser who is a strong advocate for a participatory and community-centric approach in the design and planning of cities and neighbourhoods. She is associated with numerous projects that have made a difference in people’s lives.

Mizah Rahman | Class of 2011 (DOA)
Executive Director and Co-founder,
Participate in Design (PID), a non-profit design organisation

“In a dynamic business landscape, we have to keep pushing the envelope, question the paradigm, innovate and create better ideas to thrive and stay relevant in this ever changing environment.”

As a developer, Melvin manages site acquisitions, originates concepts and plans new projects. His notable developments include Primax, an Industrial Project that won the Fiabci Silver Award, Robinson Suites and Alexis Condominium.

Melvin Poh | Class of 1997 (DRE)
Founder & Managing Director,
Fission Development Pte Ltd

SDE50 Events

Bringing alumni, students, faculty and partners together.

Launch of SDE4

Minister Heng Swee Keat launched SDE4, the first new-build Net-Zero Energy Building and SDE50 celebrations.

JAN 2019 30

SDE50 Pulau Ubin Kampong Tour

A half-day tour to learn about the cultural and built heritage of the kampongs on Pulau Ubin.

MAR 2019 30

SDE50 Charity Golf

Tee off for a good cause at Orchid Country Club.

JUL 2019 25

More events:

  • August 2019
    SDE Unplugged session with industry captains (TBC)
  • September 2019
    SDE Giving Back - Plant a Tree (TBC)
  • 2 October 2019
    SDE50 Gala Dinner at Resorts World Sentosa

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Our 50-year journey

Since its establishment, SDE remains the only faculty in a Singapore university that provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary offering of teaching and research in the design and development of the built environment. SDE will continue to work with all stakeholders to advance sustainability and resilience for a Well & Green future.



The then University of Singapore established the Faculty of Architecture, offering degree programs in Architecture, Building and Estate Management.


The Faculty of Architecture & Building is one of the first faculties to move into the current National University of Singapore Kent Ridge campus.


The Department of Building Science merged with the Department of Building & Estate Management to form the School of Building & Estate Management (SBEM). SBEM started offering three new M.Sc. courses in Building Science, Project Management, and Property & Maintenance Management.


The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Real Estate was renamed the School of Design and Environment (SDE). Division of Industrial Design was set up.


The Departments of Architecture and Building are ranked among the top 10 in the world for Architecture/ Built Environment.

Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings


The Department of Real Estate was ranked No. 1 in Asia and top 6% globally in Urban and Real Estate Economics.

Source: RePEc-IDEAS



SDE celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Launches SDE4, the first new-build Net-Zero Energy Building in Singapore. SDE4 is on track to be the first building to receive the WELL Certification here.


SDE will be pioneering sustainability and resilience in 2019 with the launch of SDE4, and renovations to SDE1 and SDE3 that will deliver advanced building performance and energy efficiency. These new developments and the upcoming canteen will form the new Engineering and Design & Environment precinct, a first-mover in re-purposing NUS to be a resilient campus of the future.

With alumni and donor support, we look forward to the redevelopment of SDE2, a building that aspires to achieve net-positive energy and net-zero water as well as to deploy a low carbon approach to construction.

Be part of our journey forward

SDE invites all alumni to create a legacy and make a difference. We need your support as mentors, volunteers, advisers and donors to inspire a new generation of professionals to forge a new Well & Green future.