2018

OLIVIA LEE
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

2018

NG LING LING
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY CHEST

2017

KIRSTEN TAN
HER WORLD YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
FILMMAKER

2017

ANGELENE CHAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR RECEIVED TOP PRESIDENTIAL DESIGN ACCOLADE
CEO OF DP ARCHITECTS

2017

ANGELENE CHAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
CEO OF DP ARCHITECTS

2016

JENNY TAY
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DIRECT FUNERAL SERVICES

2016

SUDHA NAIR
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY VIOLENCE SPECIALIST CENTRE

2015

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD 55TH ANNIVERSARY & WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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2015

PRISCILLA SHUNMUGAM
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FASHION DESIGNER, ONG SHUNMUGAM

2015

ZURAIDAH ABDULLAH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

2014

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2014

SIM CHI YIN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

2014

RACHEL ENG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
JOINT MANAGING PARTNER, WONG PARTNERSHIP

2013

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
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2013

DR YEO SZE LING
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, A*STAR INSTITUTE FOR INFOCOMM RESEARCH

2013

ASSOC PROFESSOR LIM SWEE HIA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR DIRECTOR, SINGHEALTH-ALICE LEE IAN

2011/12

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
SEE PHOTOS & WATCH VIDEO

2011/12

JANICE WONG
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
CHEF & OWNER OF 2AM:DESSERTBAR

2011/12

PROFESSOR IVY NG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SINGHEALTH

2010

DR OON CHIEW SENG
HER WORLD SPECIAL AWARD
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, APEX HARMONY LODGE

2010

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR, YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER & SPECIAL AWARD
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2010

DR MARISSA TEO
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
RESEARCH FELLOW, NATIONAL CANCER CENTRE SINGAPORE

2010

DR CHEONG KOON HEAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

2009

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD 50TH ANNIVERSARY & WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
SEE PHOTOS & WATCH VIDEO

2009

SINGAPORE WOMEN'S EVEREST TEAM
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
MOUNTAINEERS

2009

LIM HWEE HUA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CABINET MINISTER

2008

YIP PIN XIU
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NATIONAL PARALYMPIC SWIMMER

2008

LAURENTIA TAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN ATHLETE

2008

GOH SOO KHIM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
CO-FOUNDER & FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE

2007

MELISSA KWEE
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL VOLUNTEER & PHILANTHROPY CENTRE

2007

DR NOELEEN HEYZER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS & SOCIAL SCIENTIST

2006

ESTHER TAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NAVAL DIVER & ENDURANCE SPORTS SPECIALIST

2006

LIM SOO HOON
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF FINANCE

2005

GALA DINNER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARDS
SEE PHOTOS

2005

THERESA GOH
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
NATIONAL PARALYMPIC SWIMMER

2005

EULEEN GOH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, STANDARD CHARTERED SINGAPORE

2004

LI JIAWEI
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
FORMER NATIONAL TABLE TENNIS PLAYER

2004

ANNABEL PENNEFATHER
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
LAWYER & VICE PRESIDENT, SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL

2003

DR WONG TING HWAY
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SURGEON & HUMANITARIAN WORKER

2003

HALIMAH YACOB
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT & TRADE UNIONIST

2002

ELIM CHEW
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
ENTREPRENEUR & FOUNDER, 77TH STREET

2002

OLIVIA LUM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FOUNDER & GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HYFLUX LTD

2001

STEFANIE SUN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SINGER-SONGWRITER

2001

CHNG SEOK TIN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
ARTIST, WRITER & COMMUNITY WORKER

2000

JING JUNHONG
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
HEAD COACH, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS TEAM

2000

DR JENNIFER LEE
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, KK WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

1999

TERESA HSU
HER WORLD SPECIAL AWARD
FOUNDER, HOME FOR THE AGED SICK & HEART TO HEART SERVICES

1999

KIT CHAN
HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER
SINGER & ACTRESS

1999

JENNIE CHUA
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL

1998

CLAIRE CHIANG
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BANYAN TREE HOLDINGS

1997

ELIZABETH SAM
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER DEPUTY PRESIDENT, OCBC BANK

1996

FANG AI LIAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER CHAIRMAN & MANAGING PARTNER, ERNST & YOUNG

1995

YU-FOO YEE SHOON
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER MINISTER OF STATE & TRADE UNIONIST

1994

LEAENA TAMBYAH
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FOUNDER, AWWA SPECIAL SCHOOL

1993

HEDWIG ANUAR
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
FORMER DIRECTOR, NATIONAL LIBRARY

1992

DR KANWALJIT SOIN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON & FIRST WOMAN NOMINATED MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

1991

PROFESSOR CHAN HENG CHEE
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE & CHAIRMAN, NAC
2017
ANGELENE CHAN
HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR RECEIVED TOP PRESIDENTIAL DESIGN ACCOLADE

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Give it up for woman power. More than a decade after the President’s Design Award (P*DA) had been established, a woman has finally been named Designer of the Year. Angelene Chan, chief executive officer of DP Architects, received the honour from President Halimah Yacob on July 17 at a ceremony at the Istana.

The P*DA is the nation’s highest accolade for design. As part of a revamp after a decade, the P*DA now places greater emphasis on outcome-based design impact in addition to the longstanding criteria of excellence in design craftsmanship.

 

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Product and industrial designer Hans Tan who runs his eponymous studio also received the Designer of the Year accolade. In addition, another nine projects received Design of the Year awards.

Ms Chan, who has been practising architecture for 26 years, is no stranger to the P*DA. Republic Polytechnic and Sunray Woodcraft Construction Headquarters – which she worked on – received the Design of the Year awards in 2009 and 2015 respectively.

On being the first woman to be named Designer of the Year, Ms Chan said it is a label that she has mixed feelings about.

“For me, design and the creative process is gender-neutral. I have always thought of myself simply as ‘an architect’. I see the practice of architecture as an act of design that has the power to improve lives and build communities; and the gender of the architect has no bearing on the power of architecture,” she said.

“But I do recognise the struggle that women architects inevitably encounter at some point of their lives – to choose between their profession and their personal life. This struggle usually occurs at the stage where they, and their peers, have established themselves and are advancing in their career. I believe this is one of the reasons there are less women architects in prominent positions.”

 

Ms Chan joined DP Architects 28 years ago, designed Suntec City for her first project, and became CEO in 2016.

Like Ms Chan, Mr Tan has also received Design of the Year awards in the past – in 2012 for his Spotted Nyonya Collection of vessels and in 2015 for his Pour table. The jury praised Mr Tan for personifying contemporary Singapore design through a rich and diverse portfolio that is “proudly and poetically Singaporean”. Mr Tan is also an assistant professor for industrial design at National University of Singapore, and has won awards for excellence in teaching. The jury members were impressed by the impact he has made beyond his studio practice.

Prasoon Kumar, co-founder and CEO of billonBricks is an example that not all superheros wear capes. He runs a non-profit design studio which creates shelter solutions with a vision to end homelessness in the world. The company’s weatherHYDE is a Design of the Year recipient.

weatherHYDE is a women-friendly, weather-proof, portable and easy to set-up shelter for homeless families. In 2016, weatherHYDe was launched on Kickstarter and currently more than 2,500 homeless and recreational consumers are using it across the world.

Mr Kumar said that getting weatherHYDE made was tough because it took time to find the right manufacturer. On receiving the accolade, he said, “billionBricks has been founded on the core principle to ‘never design poorly for the poor’. This is a value that we fight for every day because it goes against the expectations when working for the poor. We stuck by what we thought was the right thing to do, and what our homeless customers wanted. We persevered through this resistance and this award is an endorsement of our principle and value.”

Oasia Hotel Downtown which was named 2018’s Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is also a Design of the Year recipient. Richard Hassell, co-founder of Woha, the building’s architect said: “With the Oasia Hotel Downtown, we wanted to rethink the ‘tropical skyscraper’ by making it open and airy. The different shades of red and more than 20 species of creeper plants on its facade make it colourful, soft and alive – it attracts butterflies, birds, and even some squirrels, and brings biodiversity back into the city.”

The other Design of the Year recipients are Mediacorp Campus, China Fuzhou Jin Niu Shan Trans-urban Connector, The Tembusu condominium, Changi Airport Terminal 4, The Future of Us Pavilion, The Warehouse Hotel and Who Cares? Transforming the Caregiving Experience in Singapore.

The story was first published in The Business Times.