MELVIN TAN is a photographer by passion, and an architect by professions. He is the founding partner of LAUD Architects. He is currently the president of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).
The LAUD team constantly seeks to push the boundaries of contemporary design; exploring both architectural and related disciplines to find new and innovative design solutions. Amidst these pursuits, emphasis is still firmly placed on the appropriate and creative use of technologies, materials, space and forms that run beyond fulfilling the client’s brief. We seek to create an architecture that engages the senses and heightens the awareness of space, yet never losing sight of basic functional requirements. Architecture is created through the interaction of social, economic and environmental factors and it is within these parameters that we endeavour to make architecture relevant and integrated with its context.
LAUD seeks out particular constraints (be it site, programmatically or socially-related) and unique characteristics and strive to turn these into distinguishing design features that make each project unique and sensitive to the environment.