Dr Cheong Koon Hean is an architect-planner who has been credited with shaping much of Singapore’s urban landscape. In her long career, especially as the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of National Development and subsequently as the CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) from 2004 to 2010, she led the long term strategic planning of Singapore, crucial to ensuring that the development needs of the small city state can be met. She also played a key role in the development of major growth areas. In particular, she was the key driver of Marina Bay, Singapore’s new city extension, which has since become the new signature image for Singapore. A strong proponent of good design, she initiated the Urban Design and Architecture Excellence Program, encouraging the development of many high quality as well as high rise buildings, transforming Singapore into one of the most livable and beautiful…

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Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)

Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Middle East 2018)

Awards Symposium, Speaker (2016)


22 October 2018

Numerous cities are now developing along polycentric lines, with several urban “nodes” focused around tall building clusters that often compete for commerce, attention and investment...


20 October 2018

CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal...


05 February 2018

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, Singapore Housing & Development Board (HDB)

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean was the first woman to receive the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from CTBUH, in 2016. As the CTBUH Awards...