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Erwin Viray


Erwin Viray is Head (Dean) of the Architecture Sustainable Design Pillar (ASD) at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD).

He is Editorial Associate of a+u (Architecture and Urbanism), Tokyo (1996-).

He obtained a BS Arch (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines (1982), a Master of Engineering in Architecture at Kyoto Institute of Technology (1986), and a Doctor of Engineering in Architecture at the University of Tokyo (1991).

Erwin Viray was Global Excellence Professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan (2011-16). He was previously Assistant Professor of Architecture, School of Design & Environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He is also Design Critic of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, MA, USA.

He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, and a member of the Planning & Management Committee of TOTO Gallery Ma.

He has received awards from the Council of Europe Swedish Institute Scholarship (1986), Japan Foundation Fellowship (1990), and the Kyoto City Appreciation Award (2001).

Erwin Viray has produced publications on Peter Zumthor (a+u, 1998); Herzog & de Meuron (a+u, 2002); Studio Mumbai: Praxis (Toto, 2012); Christian Kerez: Uncertain Certainty (Toto, 2013); and The Asian Everyday: Possibilities in a Shifting World (Toto, 2015). He is author of Beauty of Materials: When Surfaces Start to Move (Kyoritsu, 2002) and Contemporaneous Architecture (Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore, 2019) showcasing 70 architectural projects that have shaped Singapore’s landscape in the last 15 years. He is one of the world’s ten critics for Phaidon 10x10_2 (on 100 of the world’s most exceptional emerging architects).

He was a member/chairman of the jury of the Zumtobel Award for Humanity & Sustainability; Asia Architecture Olympiad (2009); President of Singapore’s Design Award (2012-16); and Archiprix South East Asia (2012, 2014).

Erwin Viray was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for region Asia Pacific in 2020.

Last Updated: July 13, 2020
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