HSENG IU LIM
A former book-prize winner, Lim Hseng Iu graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1994 with an Honours Degree, and passed the Board of Architects professional examinations 3 years later in 1997. After 5 years of working on residential, commercial, institutional and industrial projects in Singapore, as well as commercial and industrial projects in Vietnam, he set up his practice HIL Architects in 1999, and later HILADT Architects LLP, with Raymond Sim in 2005.
He has also served as the architectural and project management consultant for several developers. Lim Hseng Iu was also an external Design Tutor at the National University of Singapore School of Architecture where he helmed a design studio for more than 10 years, as well as an External Examiner at several design schools. He is also a certified arbitrator, a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre.
He was elected onto the Management Committee of the Singapore Swimming Club, where he served as the Chairman of its Development Committee, and as a member on the Strategic and Facilities Committees. He was also Chairman of the Opera Estate NC, Executive Member of Siglap CCC, as well as Co-Chairman of the EUP Committee (Joo Chiat-Opera Estate). He is the current Chairman of MCST 589’s Council.
Born in Sarawak, East Malaysia, Raymond Sim came to Singapore in 1988 to study architecture at the National University of Singapore, where he was the faculty’s top student in 1990, won a book-prize in 1991 and was selected for the Students’ Exchange Programme with University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1991-1992. He graduated in 1994 with an Honours Degree, and passed the Board of Architects professional examinations 3 years later in 1997.
He worked at Raymond Woo & Associates Architects soon after graduating, gaining experience in various project types, from residential (landed and high-rise), commercial, hospitality, institutional and industrial projects in Singapore, to projects in Vietnam and designed projects in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China and Indonesia. In 2005, he set up HILADT Architects LLP with partner Hseng Iu Lim.
Since 2006, he has also served as an external Design Tutor at the National University of Singapore School of Architecture. Raymond Sim’s motto in life can be defined as ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the Day’. He relishes every opportunity to create and have new experiences. His view of architecture is one functionality, constructability and sustainability. He is an architect who has combined his passion for life with cool pragmatism and professionalism.
HSIANG IU has worked in both the private sector as well as the public sector. He first embarked on an architectural career with a private firm in 1987. As an Assistant Architect, he worked on a variety of small to medium sized projects, the most notable of which is the Chinese Swimming Club at Amber Road.
After obtaining his professional degree in 1990, he joined the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) as an Architect. During his service there, he worked on projects such as the interior design and refurbishment of the URA HQ and the Master Plan for the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park.
In 1992 he was awarded the URA Overseas Post Graduate Scholarship. After completing a Masters at Columbia University in 1995, he returned to assume a leadership role in his Division where he headed all architectural design. This included three HDB Design & Build projects in Yishun, Jurong West and Woodlands, the Changi Point Ferry Terminal and the National Parks Board HQ Building at the Botanical Gardens. His other duties included writing the procedural manual for the architectural practice and project management of the Division, which later obtained ISO 9000 certification; and training young architects and planners on issues relating to design, conservation, architectural practice and project management.
He left for private practice in 1999 with a local architectural practice where he designed and managed a variety of projects such as the United Parcel Service Asia Pacific HQ and World Wide Logistic Centre; this encompassed the architectural, interior and spatial design of both their corporate HQ and warehouse.
Having worked as an Architect for more than ten years, he sought to widen his experience in other fields of management and spent the two years working with one of Singapore’s largest property developers. His primary responsibility was to audit and review the residential design proposals of architects, interior designers and landscape architects. This was not limited to project work but included tasks linked to the effectively marketing of the product, such as the setting up and furnishing of show flats.