Tai Lee Siang
Chair of the Board
World Green Building Council
Tai Lee Siang graduated with honours from NUS in 1987 and has practiced as an architect and urban planner since 1990. He held the position as President of Singapore Institute of Architects from 2007 to 2009 and consolidated the institute’s “Blue Print” to establish numerous firsts.
On the design front, Mr Tai led the inauguration of ARCHIFEST – a festival that promotes architecture excellence among professionals and the general public. He then pioneered the first Practice Convention 2009 – a strategic forum to address the practice concerns of Singapore architects. In the same year, Mr Tai also initiated the establishment of the Architecture Professional Course, preparing young graduates to sit for the professional practice examination.
On the sustainability front, Mr Tai was appointed as Chairman of REACH Environmental Sustainability Committee in 2008 - a committee to provide feedback to the Inter-Ministry Committee on Sustainability Development. Mr Tai formed the SIA Green Committee leading to the first collaboration on green product exhibition with BEX Asia 2009 and International Green Building Convention with BCA.
He is the Immediate Past President of Singapore Green Building Council, a key body for the promotion and advocacy of Green Buildings in Singapore. He is also the Chairman of the Campus Planning Committee for Singapore University of Technology and Design, Ministry of Education. From 2011 to 2016, Mr Tai held the position of Group Managing Director of Ong and Ong Pte Ltd, a multi-discipline consultancy firm that provides 360º solutions encompassing urban planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and interior design. He now focuses on leading and influencing major sustainability master plans in Singapore including Mandai Zoo, Health Sciences Authority Development and SG Sports infrastructure. Mr Tai is also a writer and recently published the book “Cities of Love”.