Han Kiang Siew
Born 1977, Han Kiang Siew is trained in architecture but holds a diverse portfolio of work that spans various mediums and scales—from architecture to product and furniture design to art. He believes in investigating his lived environment through such multifarious modes. Most often his works investigate the relationship between the body and its urban context. In art making, he often seeks to narrate the situations that constitute our modern urban condition. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the National University of Singapore. Beyond his academic work, he has participated actively in numerous art exhibitions since 1999. He has also won several awards for his work in design and art. His collaborative architectural design entry for the Pentagon Memorial Competition in 2002 was selected for exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. He clinched second prize and an honourable mention at the Haworth Asia Pacific Design Awards in 1999 and 2000 respectively. In 2003, he won first prize in the student category of the Furniture Design Competition 2003 organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and also received a highly commended award for the abstract category of the 22nd UOB Painting of the Year Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the Young Furniture Designer Award for year 2003 in the inaugural Singapore Furniture Industry Awards. Han’s past working experience include an internship with Nikken Sekkei International Ltd where he worked on several building projects in Singapore, India and China, ranging from office buildings to high-rise residential to retail projects.