The highest design accolade in Singapore went to a design engineer and two architects at a ceremony at the Istana last night.
Winning the President's Design Award, which is in its 11th edition, were Dr Hossein Rezai of Web Structures, Mr Rene Tan of RT+Q Architects and Mr Raymond Woo of Raymond Woo & Associates Architects.
There were also 10 design projects that won in a second category called Design of the Year.
The Straits Times spotlights some of the winners.
The projects will be displayed at an exhibition of the President's Design Award 2016 winners at the National Design Centre in Middle Road.
The shows runs until Jan 6, after which it moves to the URA Centre in Maxwell Road and remains there from Jan 9 to 27. Admission is free.
Man behind Science Centre building
Although most Singaporeans would not know Raymond Woo the architect, many of them have probably been in a Raymond Woo building.
Schoolchildren would be familiar with the Science Centre Singapore in Jurong, while shoppers would know the Ngee Ann City development in Orchard Road and its iconic liver-red granite facade.
Mr Woo, 77, is part of a pioneer generation of Singapore architects who are responsible for several unflashy but dignified buildings that are mainstays in the Singapore skyline. These include Prudential Tower, Equity Plaza and 78 Shenton Way.
For his achievements, he receives the Designer of the Year award at this year's President's Design Award.
While studying music at Yale University in the United States, Mr Rene Tan thought he would be a musician.
But in his second year there, his hands developed tendonitis and he could no longer play the piano as well as before.
Instead of dropping out of the course, he stuck with it and took on architecture as a second major, cramming both disciplines over a four-year period. Later, he would go on to do a master's in architecture at Princeton University, another prestigious Ivy League college.
Today, Mr Tan, 52, is well-known in Singapore as the co-founder of RT+Q Architects, a boutique firm that has made its name with highly conceptual, award-winning residential projects. He received the Designer of the Year award at this year's President's Design Award yesterday.
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