SIA-GETZ 2010 Co-Laureates –
Mr Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell
WOHA is a Singapore-based architectural practice founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell. Its name is derived from the surnames of the two principals. Mun Summ was born in 1962 and graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1989., whilst Hassell was born in 1966 and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989.
Their works are inspired by the tropical climate which creates an impressive all-around mastery of architectural design of their form, proportion, massing and detail. Their wide repertoire projects range from apartment towers to luxury resorts, mass-transit stations condominiums, hotels, educational, institutions and public buildings. WOHA’s earliest well publicized and award-winning project was Church of St. Mary of Angels in Singapore.
As an indication of WOHA’s versatility and growing global recognition, WOHA has received numerous international awards for excellence in design including the 2010 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2 World Building Titles at the 2009 World Architecture Festival, the 2008 International Award for Architecture from The Australian Institute of Architects, 2007 Emporis Silver Award for highrise buildings, 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture and 2007 MIPIM AR Future Project Awards. WOHA’s first monograph, illustrating the work of the first 15 years of the practice was published by Pesaro Publishing in 2009.
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