About SIA

The Institute’s Mission is “To champion excellence in architecture and the built environment” and our vision is to see “Singapore as an Architecture Capital”.

The Institute’s general objectives are:

  • To generate in our community a greater awareness and appreciation of the value of a sustainable approach in good design and the built environment.
  • To advance the theory and practice of architecture through the support and reward for quality research and innovation in architectural design, practice and education.
  • To continually upgrade through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme, the level of professionalism among architects in order to better serve our community.
  • To promote and provide a common template among architects through a collective vision of working towards a dignified and caring profession that upholds a high standard of professional conduct and ethics.

Strategic Plan
Four key strategic development strands will help SIA to fulfil its mission:

Principally to attain design leadership, to promote excellence in architecture through recognition and awards, education and continuing professional development, research and innovation

The key aspects include promoting design competition, to promote equitable conditions of appointment, to promote technical competency, to engage in proactive policy formulation.

The key aspects include continuing professional development and promoting quality architecture education.

The main emphasis is to enlarge membership, to increase opportunities, to enhance SIA-industry partnership, to promote globalization, to promote positive image of the profession.

The architectural professional began to organized themselves in 1923 with the formation of the Singapore Society of Architects. In 1931, it was renamed the “Institute of Architects Malaya (IAM)”. IAM was dissolved in 1958 with the formation of the Society of Malayan Architects (SAM).

This was the parent body of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). SIA was established in 1961 with the dissolution of the SAM with the objective to promote architectural profession and the built environment in Singapore. SIA was subsequently registered on 5 March 1963 with the Registrar of Society and notified in Gazatte No 27 on 15 March 1963.

Management of SIA
The management of the affairs of the Institute is the responsibility of an elected Council, comprising 21 members, one of whom is appointed by the Board of Architects, Singapore, as an ex-officio member. There are 6 office bearers, who are responsible collectively for the administration and financial matters of the Institute.

Membership Structure
There are 10 categories of membership, namely:
Honorary Fellow Member, Fellow (Life) Member, Fellow Member, Fellow (Retired) Member, Corporate Member, Corporate (Retired) Member, Associate Member, Member (Overseas), Student Member and Allied Member

The current membership strength is 1236.

Membership of International Organisations
The Institutes is a member of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and the ASEAN Association of Planning (AAPH). The Institute endeavors to participate in relevant programmes of these Institutes.