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Rita Soh: Promoting architecture

File picture of Ms Rita Soh. PHOTO-- RDC Architects
File picture of Ms Rita Soh. PHOTO-- RDC Architects

The story was first published in The Straits Times on Feb 8, 2010

Singapore's architectural statutory board has elected a new president who will serve for the next three years.

Miss Rita Soh Siow Lan, 51, a director at RDC Architects, will lead the 15-member Board of Architects (BOA).

It comprises three ex-officio members – that is, members appointed by virtue of their existing positions – six members appointed by the Minister for National Development and six elected by Singapore’s community of architects.

Miss Soh and her board members aim to continue the board’s efforts in promoting ethical architectural practices as well as to work with educational institutions to promote architecture as a profession.

She said in a media statement: “BOA will continue to work closely with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) to highlight the importance for all architects in Singapore to practise ethically and professionally.

“This can be achieved through providing opportunities for them to keep abreast of changes in the industry and technology through Continuing Professional Development, and better networking opportunities.”

Besides her role as BOA president, which took effect from Jan 1, Miss Soh is also serving her second term as a board member of the Singapore Land Authority.

The outgoing BOA president, Mr Chan Sui Him, has served for nine years. During his tenure, he spearheaded various initiatives including the introduction of the Professional Practice Examination Candidate system.