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Is there a website out there that has a list of firms for Singapore or South East Asia?
Which firms are you looking for? There are a lot of architecture firms in Singapore, but the bigger firms are DPA, RSP, CPG, AEDAS, Architecs 61. Are you looking for a job opening in Singapore? I've heard of a couple of firms that were hiring just recently.
Yes. looking mainly in singapore for a summer internship? do you know of any interesting firms down there? thanks for the info
you should check out the various firms website to get a sense of what they are doing, and whether you are a good fit for the company. Or are you just looking for a firm which is willing to accept you as a summer intern? I can probably give you better advice if you have more specific questions.
i was just hoping for a few names that are there, so i can look for myself
How's the job market in Singapore now?
How about working with no SG experience?
There are a couple of International firms w/ offices in Singapore. HOK, RMJM, to name a few. If you are open to interior design offices, there's, Hirsch Bedner, Wilson Associates, etc.
Other areas in S.E Asia - Philippines
International Firms - Di Leonardo, Arquitectonica.
Local Big Firms - Palafox Associates, LV Locsin & Associates, Lor Calma Associates and then some.
I'm not sure if companies in the area are open to summer interns or have summer internship programs to begin with.
@ eighttwo - u can start with
DP Architects www.dpa.com.sg
......It's a very long list.
do let me know if you need more help in this area cus I am currently working in SG.
The job market in SG has picked up significantly. It has an open economy and very cosmopolitan city. I saw a lot more firms looking for senior architects / designers in recent weeks. What I am not sure of is whether these firms accept international summer interns, though I am quite sure they do take in students from the local university for internships. I don't think you need to have any SG experience to land a job/internship here. The management for many big firms (and sometimes, small studios) hail from various countries, and even if they are locals, they have significant overseas experience from their undergrad/ grad studies or overseas work attachment. But I need to highlight that the people in SG work very long hours, and it's not a surprise to see some clocking 12 hrs (or more) daily. This may be a culture shock for those who came unprepared.
@ eighttwo and hawkin - if you are keen to get a job as a design architect, you may want to check out this firm, architects61. http://www.a61.com.sg/
They are looking for architects. You may be based in SG but have to travel, since they have projects in the region. pm me if you need more info. Will be glad to assist.
you might also look at
WoHa Architects: http://www.woha-architects.com/
and Ong and Ong:http://www.ong-ong.com/
and Boon Gee Look:http://www.lookarchitects.com.sg/main.html
The Ministry of Design (www.modonline.com) is an up-and-coming firm very receptive towards international interns. They have specific tech and design teams, with quite a lot of new projects, so you wouldn't be CAD monkeying at all with the design opportunities coming your way.
I'd second the comment about the crazy hours, but if an overseas summer internship is all you're looking for,
... Singapore's a good place to start. Good luck!
Seems like a lot of corporate type firms in the SE Asian area. If you're interested in something else, this firm is interesting. They have a few nice built and ongoing projects.http://www.arkinamix.com/
i'm a fresh graduate from taiwan that is currently stayin in malaysia, i was hoping to start a job in singapore, is there any advice or condition that i need to notice? are there any recommendation?
I am in Singapore at the moment, and I'm writing for a design related website.
If you're an architect looking for work in Singapore, you'll want to stay in touch with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA, not to be confused with the airlines).
The job market in Singapore is very strong, and we are still posting significant growth despite the downturn. At present, there is strong interest in the following:
- Preservation work for colonial era buildings, or work that preserves the building while configuring it for contemporary use
- Lifestyle malls
- Public housing projects, with an eye toward making them as aesthetically attractive as private condominiums. This is especially true after the last election, when the high cost of housing was a key issue.
Be aware that transport is VERY expensive in Singapore. If you drive a car, you are asking for it. A free parking spot is virtually non-existent, and expect prepaid parking (You buy booklets of coupons, and when you park, you have to tear one out and display it.)
Other than that, parking in the city can run to a ridiculous amount. Expect to pay $9 - $12 just for parking after a shopping trip. Also, the CBD (Central Business District) has ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) gantries. When crossed at certain times of day, money is deducted from a cash card. This goes into a device pre-installed in every car. On average, I spend $35 - $50 a week this way.
If you are willing to lose your children's inheritance, you can take a cab. $2.80 when you flag it down. In town? $3 more. During peak hours? Pay an additional 35% of the fare. After midnight? Pay an additional 50% of the fare. Cross the ERP? Pay the gantry price, on top of all the other surcharges.
As the city's public transport system is very safe and efficient, and reaches almost all parts of the island, I always advise long stayers to learn it. It's easy and will save you a ton of cash.
For those in Singapore, how hard is it to get a work visa? I see there's a six-month working holiday visa for Americans... Do people show up there and look for work or is it better to apply from overseas and get a business visa through your company prior to going?
What's the general standard for documentation in Singapore? Do most architects work projects through SD and hand them off to a builder or do firms work all the way through construction docs? Maybe depends on the type of firm / project?
Thanks for any help!
Am doing my bachelor's in Architecture from Faculty Of Architecture, GBTU, Lucknow . I have my internship program in the course in this coming year and I am looking forward to working with firms in Singapore in particular. Unfortunately am not aware of how I can go about landing an internship there with a firm.
I want to request you if possible, if you happen to be aware of any such opportunities or else if u could guide me in any manner to go about this, I would be very grateful.
Yogendra S. Yadav
Just read your comments on this post. U ve been working in singapore for sumtime, just wanted to know how's your experience been so far?which firm are you workin for??Any good MNC u would suggest ??In one of your comments u mentioned about job openings in one of the firms?? are there any such opening as of now??
I have been searching for companies in SG. I am an Architectural Designer / 3D Specialist, I just finished my contract in UAE and i would like to try my luck in SG. It's good to know this forum discuss this matters and there is someone who helps in giving info about this field in SG. can i email you on some more info?..thanks!!
I'm an architect working in SG and I've posted a list of firms on my blog:http://urbanarchitecturenow.blogspot.com/2012/04/architects-in-singapore.html
Hi am currently a masters student in Nus studying sustainibility. Can you suggest me firms which work towards sustainable or green planning and architecture. Or firms which are working on projects for urban regeneration. Currently looking for internship from this month till august and post that for a part time arrangement. Time crunched currently. need help!
I'm an architecture major studying at University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. The licensure exam in my country requires that I do approx. a year's worth of work hours (I think) on an internship. Although I'm not quite sure if a foreign internship is accredited I would still like to try to work at a firm in Singapore just to broaden my horizon. Can anyone guide me on how to apply? This would be such a big help for me. :)
HI..RIGHT NOW I AM WORKING IN NEW DELHI I FINISHED MY STUDY THIS YEAR..I WANT TO WORK IN SINGAPORE AS AN INTERN CAN PPL SUGGEST ME HOW TO APPLY BECAUSE I SEND MY PORTFOLIO TO MANY ARCHITECT OFFICE IN SINGAPORE BUT NO WORD FROM THEM....
hey everybody in singapore, i just arrived from miami, us. i would like to get in contact i am seeking advising on how to get a job here,
hii can any one help me with any job openings for architects in singapore
i am looking for jobs for a while and have applied to many firms in singapore. i am unable to understand even if my mails r read or not. i will be greatly obliged if any one can help me with any job vacancy
im a fresher architect.. and would like to know some good firms in Singapore that take up fresher architects..!!!
and preferably not a company with huge no. of employees.
As the worldwide economy remains unstable, but Asia seems impervious and continues to prosper, I have been receiving this question a lot- why work as an architect in Asia? See my answer here: http://www.urbanarchnow.com/2014/01/work-in-asia.html
I have read in the news that the Singapore government is limiting the quota on their foreign workers. It means freshers and inexperienced job seekers will have a hard time looking for a job there. I've tried it and sent 50+ applications, but I just got an interview. I don't even know if the other firms that I have applied to have seen my email. They must have been getting tons of applications on a daily basis.
If it's worth mentioning, you will be competing with international talent for a job there, not to mention the advantage of current PR and working visa holders who jumps jobs.
Anyone with urban design background and looking for a job in Singapore? If so, send me an email.
What's the prospect of REVIT like in Singapore? Is REVIT well sought after skill? I am more than 10 year experience architect.