Published on 16 September 2022

Removing parks for homes: Is land use in Singapore a case of conflicting needs?

When news broke that ORTO leisure park in Yishun will make way for housing, residents expressed sadness and disappointment. They asked: Why are we building so many flats? Why can’t we keep spaces that matter to a community?

Published on 2 September 2022

Liu Thai Ker on million-dollar HDB flats, 99-year leases & planning for a 10 million population in S’pore

The growing number of million-dollar HDB flats transacted in recent years is a “surprising” development to former chief city planner Liu Thai Ker. The 84-year-old was speaking at a seminar organised by the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) on Aug. 30, on the topic of rising property prices in Singapore.

Published on 1 November 2022

Liu Thai Ker | Tatler Asia

The eldest son of artist Liu Kang, Liu Thai Ker is an architect and planner. Also known as the “architect of modern Singapore” for his extensive contribution to the country’s housing and urban landscape, he served as chief architect and chief executive of Housing Development Board (HDB) for 20 years.


Published on 18 November 2021

Cities will endure, adapt beyond Covid-19 pandemic, say Bloomberg forum panellists

Pandemic should be just one of dozens of factors to consider in planning a city in future. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Published on 8 October 2021

New exhibition: How a French-Swiss design master influenced Singapore’s urban planning

A new exhibition and series of talks at Alliance Française de Singapour examines the influence of a French-Swiss design master, at work a century ago, on the city we inhabit today. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret but assuming the moniker Le Corbusier (or ‘the crow-like one’) aged 33 in 1920, this pioneer of modern architecture reshaped our conception of the city -…


Published on 17 July 2020

GE2020: 10 million population not a goal but a planning parameter, says Liu Thai Ker

The former chief planner stressed that the 10 million figure was the worst-case scenario. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Published on 28 April 2020

How Singapore’s Architects Are Coping With The Circuit Breaker

It was pretty daunting in the beginning to be physically working in isolation. We are so used to face-to-face interactions with our colleagues and suddenly, it is no longer possible. Besides, our kind of work is heavily graphical, so it was tough to illustrate ideas by merely speaking over the phone.

Published on 24 August 2020

“To me, every HDB block is as beautiful as Miss Universe.” – Architect Liu Thai-Ker on shaping a portrait of a city.

In a career spanning 50 years and counting, Liu Thai-Ker has helmed the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), playing instrumental roles in the development of public housing in Singapore and in shaping revisions to the Concept Plan.


Published on 25 June 2019

Singapore’s ‘Father of Urban Planning’ to spearhead government’s concept master planning project for Suva, Nadi and Lautoka

Singapore’s “Father of Urban Planning” – Doctor Liu Thai Ker who is the Chairman of Morrow Architects and Planners will be in Fiji l

Published on 26 June 2019

Singapore experts propose 50 year urban development plan

Urban planning experts from Singapore are encouraging Fijian authorities and municipal councils to plan fifty years into the future. Morrow Architects and Planners has been engaged by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise to spearhead a concept Master Planning Project for the Suva, Nadi, and Lautoka.

Published on 25 June 2019

Plans to transform Fiji’s urban centres

THE Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been briefed on the status of the urban planning project, and proposed recommendations regarding long-term urban development and planning for the greater Suva, Nadi and Lautoka areas. Dr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of Morrow Architects and Planners had briefed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum during their meeting in Singapore this week.


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The man who helped design China’s urban landscape

BORN: Singapore, Feb 23, 1938 EDUCATION: 1962: Bachelor of architecture, University of New South Wales 1965: Master’s in city planning, Yale University 1995: Doctor of science (honorary), University of New South Wales CAREER: 1969-89: Chief architect and CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore 1989-92: Chief planner and CEO, Urban

Published on 17 July 2018

‘Architect Of Modern Singapore’ Brings Master Plan For Suva, Lautoka

The man dubbed as the “architect of modern Singapore” is in the country to map out a master plan for the greater Suva area and Lautoka. Liu Thai Ker, together by arieta vakasukawaqa, suva The man dubbed as the “architect of modern Singapore” is in the country to map out a master plan for the greater Suva area and Lautoka.

Intelligent Planning Needed To Transform Accra – Chairman of Morrow Architects

Dr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of Morrow Architects & Planners Pte Limited, has said there is the need for intelligent planning and effective implementation of plans in order to achieve a liveable, sustainable and developed urban city.

Published on 7 June 2018

2018 National Prizes: William J. Mitchell International Chapter Prize

The William J. Mitchell International Chapter Prize is awarded biennially in recognition of a significant contribution by an Australia-linked practitioner to architecture globally. In 2018 the International Chapter has selected Dr Liu Thai Ker FRAIA to receive this important acknowledgement.


Published on 1 December 2017

Veteran architect Liu Thai Ker, 79, leaves RSP to start own firm: ‘I’m the oldest man to start a company’

SINGAPORE – At age 79 and after 25 years as senior director at RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, former master planner Liu Thai Ker is starting afresh. Read more at straitstimes.com.