Master Plan for the Singapore University of Technology and Design Wins International Design Award

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Designed by Sasaki and MKPL, Master Plan for SUTD's new campus to open in Fall of 2014 receives one of six Honor Awards in the 2011 Society of College and University Planning Awards program.

The recently completed campus master plan for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has been recognized with a prestigious design award from the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP). The master plan for SUTD’s new campus—designed by Sasaki Associates in collaboration with MKPL—has received a 2011 Honor Award for Excellence in Planning. SUTD’s new campus, which is planned to open in the fall of 2014, will support a projected growth to 7,000 students on a site area of 22 hectares.

The SCUP Excellence in Planning Award is a juried competition held annually in the United States and open to professional consultants and institutions. The award celebrates comprehensive campus plans and building designs that are developed in a collaborative manner with multiple stakeholders including campus planners, architects, administrators, faculty, and consultants. Underscoring the competitiveness of the SCUP awards program, the Master Plan for SUTD was one of only six Honor Awards recognized from a total of 200 submissions received in the 2011 SCUP Awards program. The honor award is the highest level of awards bestowed by the jurors in the competition.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) master plan provides a unique challenge - to design a new university campus that advances the implementation of a cutting-edge academic vision of interdisciplinary, collaborative, and project based learning. The University’s academic mission and curriculum, developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is based on bold new paradigms for integrating technology and design education in the fields of Engineering Systems Design, Engineering Product Development, Architecture and Sustainable Design, and
Information Systems Technology and Design. These aspirations will serve as a means to promote research and learning, partnerships with industry, and integration with a global, knowledge based economy.

To foster SUTD’s innovative curriculum, the master plan puts forth a bold and visionary framework for the campus environment. The design accomplishes this through an east-west pedestrian spine that showcases the University's interdisciplinary and collaborative mission, gives an address for the major program elements, creates a public face for the University, and connects to surrounding future development. Multi-functional and interconnected academic buildings will reinforce collaboration, invention, and creativity. Student life facilities, housing, and recreational buildings will be integrated in mixed-use precincts and connected through a range of public spaces and pedestrian links. Sustainable design strategies are comprehensively integrated, through building orientation and green roofs, building systems, pedestrian and transit access, and storm water management. The overall result will be a campus that has a strong identity, supports a vibrant community, and demonstrates a commitment to engaged learning and student development.

To create the master plan, Sasaki and MKPL worked closely with MIT faculty and administrators to explore how the design of the new campus could best support SUTD’s new inter-disciplinary model of education. Successful strategies from MIT were applied in the SUTD master plan, including a re-envisioning of MIT’s famous “infinite corridor” as a strong east-west pedestrian spine to the campus, technologically-advanced classrooms and laboratory spaces, and the location of learning and living spaces in locations that foster collaboration and connection between and among students and faculty.

In addition to Sasaki Associates and MKPL, the project team included Sitetectonix Pte Ltd for landscape design, Max Fordham LLP for sustainability, J Roger Preston Pte Ltd for mechanical & electrical engineering, KPK Quantity Surveyors Pte Ltd for cost estimating, KTP Consultants Pte Ltd for civil and structural engineering, Duffill Watts Pte Ltd for traffic, and Kerstin Hoeger Architekten GMBH for campus research.

About SUTD
Singapore University of Technology and Design is a new university distinguished by its unique interdisciplinary academic programme which incorporates elements of entrepreneurship, management and design thinking. Its tripartite partnership involving top universities Massachusetts Institute of Design (MIT) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) will draw together and create synergies from different cultures of education and research. These will lay the foundations of a vibrant and world-class university that seeks to nurture leaders who will build a better world.

About Sasaki
Sasaki ( is an integrated planning and design firm committed to realizing thoughtful, sustainable solutions to their clients’ unique problems. Drawing on the collaboration and diversity of ideas that defines the inter-disciplinary firm, Sasaki’s teams take a personal approach to creating award-winning spaces and places for institutional, civic and commercial clients. Sasaki is a mid-sized firm of 250 professionals working throughout the United States and internationally from our offices in Boston, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California.


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