Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech, School of Architecture and Design

Paul Emmons is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, USA. He is an architect and professor based at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center where he is also Coordinator of the PhD in Architecture and Design Research Program. He earned a PhD in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. His research on design practices focusing on architectural drawing has been presented and published at venues around the world. His book, Drawing Imagining Building: Embodiment in Architectural Design Practices was published last year by Routledge along with his co-edited volume: Ceilings and Dreams: The Architecture of Levity.


The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London

CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at The Bartlett, and has served as Vice-Dean and Pro-Provost of UCL (University College London). He is also the founding director of Studio 8 Architects—a multi-disciplinary and international award-winning practice. His area of expertise is in urban design/planning and architecture, focusing on issues of resilience, sustainability and the challenges posed through climate change, population growth, socio-economics, and the reciprocal benefits of simultaneously addressing the threat and the shaping of cities. He is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Arts London Grand Architecture Prize’. His authored books include Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half Dimensions (2011), Food City (2014) and Inhabitable Infrastructures: Science fiction or urban future? (2017) and Smartcities, Resilient Landscapes + Eco-warriors (2019).


University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman School of Design

Joan Ockman is an architectural historian and critic. She teaches at the Weitzman School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Distinguished Senior Lecturer, and Yale School of Architecture, where she is Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History. She previously taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she served for fourteen years as director of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. She began her career in the mid–1970s at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she edited Oppositions journal and the Oppositions Books series. Her book publications include Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (2012); The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (2000); and Architecture Culture 1943–1968: A Documentary Anthology (1993).


The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London

Jane Rendell (BSc, DipArch, MSc, PhD) is Professor of Critical Spatial Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she co-initiated the MA Situated Practice and supervises MA and PhD projects. Jane has introduced concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ and ‘site-writing’ through her authored books: The Architecture of Psychoanalysis (2017), Silver (2016), Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Her co-edited collections include Reactivating the Social Condenser (2017), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). With Dr David Roberts, she leads the Bartlett’s Ethics Commission; and with Dr Yael Padan, ‘The Ethics of Research Practice’, for KNOW (Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality).


Department of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University

Naomi Stead is a Professor and head of the Department in Architecture at Monash University. She is a past President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand. Her research interests lie in architecture’s cultures of re/production, mediation, and reception. She is an award-winning and widely published architecture critic, having written more than fifty commissioned feature and review articles in professional magazines, and is presently a columnist for the online journal Places, where she writes essays on concepts and mythologies within and without architecture. She was the leader of the ARC Linkage project ‘Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership,’ which led to the co-founding (with Justine Clark and others) of Parlour, an activist group advocating for greater gender equity in architecture.


Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich

Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. From 2017 to 2019 he served as Dean. He earned his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin after studying in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin. He taught at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Columbia University New York, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, the University of Zürich and Cornell University and researched at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. He is editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (Montreal 2002) and Caruso St John: Almost Everything (Barcelona 2008) and author of Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (Berkeley 2013). His most recent book is Representation of Labor / Performative Historiography (Santiago de Chile 2018).



Architecture in Proximity

Organised By

Lilian Chee, PhD

National University of Singapore
Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment

Matthew Mindrup, PhD

The University of Sydney
School of Architecture Design and Planning

Organising Committee

Lilian Chee
Erik G. L’Heureux
Matthew Mindrup
Wong Zi Hao
RxD Research by Design Cluster, DoA
Mun Qin Jie Ian
Fawwaz Bin Azhar

Graphics & Web Design

Lin Derong

Photo Contributors

Lilian Chee, Jason Cheong, Natalie Cheung, Cheryl Chung Zhi Wei, Toby Fong Khee Chong, Erik G. L’Heureux, Valerie Khong, Pennie Kwan Jia Wen, Liew Yuqi, Kate Lim, Lin Derong, Felicia Lin, Liu Guofeng, Lee Jing Han, Jolene Lee, Nicholas Lua, Mun Qin Jie Ian, Claudia Sonia Nam, Alvan Ng, Ng Yi Hui Mary Ann, Ong Chan Hao, Poh Wei Bing, David Siow, Eunice Siow, Peter Sim, Su Myat Noe Niang, Swee Yew Yong, Sy Lyn Yong, Studio Super Safari, Tan Chiew Hui, Jeanette Tan, Tan Jing Min, Andrew Teo, Shawn Teo, Sharmaine Toh, Wong Zihao, Wu Yu-Chen, Yang Weichuan, Zhai Siyu, Zhang Linwang

Cover Drawings: Goi Yong Chern (2020), Emma Lau (2020), Lin Derong (2018), Anthea Phua (2020)

Funding Body

The University of Sydney – National University of Singapore Partnership Collaboration Awards 2020

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