FuturArc Prize 2018 | Top Accolades for Asia’s Leading Green Building Design Competition

Currently in its 11th year, FuturArc Prize—Asia’s leading Green building design competition—has been established as a renowned platform where international professionals and students present their creative ideas. Six winning designs have been selected this year for their take on a biophilic Asian city.

FuturArc Prize 2018 invited entrants to imagine a city of biophilic delight; to investigate what is ‘nature’ when it is an integral part of a city.
They are tasked to make a case for how an Asian city might become (like) a forest—one that connects inhabitants to nature; restores ecosystem services; affects the form and shape of buildings and the network of streets and parks; and in the process, creates a new kind of urban ecology.

An independent panel of international jurors sat through a thorough review process and selected a total of six winning teams (three from the Professional category; three from the Student category) and nine merit recipients (in teams).

Below are the winners and merit recipients at a glance:




FuturArc Prize 2018 is supported by:

• Platinum Sponsor BASF
• Gold Sponsor Phuc Khang Corporation (Vietnam)

Aside from the above, the winning teams will each receive a specially designed FuturArc Prize trophy. The winning entries are also published in the May-June 2018 FuturArc Green Awards Issue and on FuturArc website.

Dr Nirmal Kishnani, Jury Chair for this year’s panel, commended, “FuturArc Prize (FAP) illustrates what we would like to do in the name of Green, were constraints lifted. In the world we imagine, the brief for FAP this year asked for ideas for a biophilic city. The jury saw more than layers of blue and green overlaid onto the grey of buildings and roads. Proximity to nature, in Asia, is linked to perceptions of culture and memory. We saw a peeling back of urban layers, new layers overlaid and existing layers moved. The deconstruction of the city was a critique of how we imagine cities today, where nature and the city have hard edges and give limited attention to place.”

The winners and merit recipients will be officially announced and awarded at the BCI Asia Awards 2018, a gala event that honours the region’s top architects and building professionals held in seven Asian countries: Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For media enquiries on FuturArc Prize, please contact:
Candice Lim
Managing Editor – FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.lim@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For high-resolution images of the winning FuturArc Prize entries, please request from:
Carissa Kwok
Assistant Editor – FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.kwok@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For media enquiries on BCI Asia Awards 2018 event, please contact:
Lim Pooi Yin
Research Quality Consultant
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: py.lim@bciasia.com
t: +65 6536 7197


The FuturArc Prize was launched in 2007 by the BCI Group of Companies through its publication arm, FuturArc Journal, to generate forward-thinking, innovative design ideas for Asia. The Competition has two objectives: first, to create a platform for talented individuals—professionals and students—who are keen on environmental issues; second, to encourage the construction industry as a whole to move towards sustainable design.

FuturArc Prize 2018 is jointly supported by the following leading organisations at the forefront of sustainability:

• Hong Kong Green Building Council
• Malaysia Green Building Confederation
• Thai Green Building Institute
• Hong Kong Construction Materials Association Limited
• The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
• Tạp chí Kiến trúc
• Ethos India
• BEAM Society
• Waste Management Association of Malaysia
• United Architects of the Philippines, Singapore Chapter
• ASHUI.com
• Royal Institute of British Architects, Hong Kong Chapter
• Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia

 FuturArc Prize 2018 Jury Panel

Jury Chair | NIRMAL KISHNANI, PhD, is editor-in-chief of FuturArc Journal and resident jury chair of FuturArc competitions. He is an advocate, educator and practitioner in the field of Green building design, presently with the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he holds the appointment of assistant dean and programme director. He has lectured and written widely on the subject of the Greening process. Since 2002—when he founded one of the first dedicated Green design consultancy operating in Asia—he has been involved in landmark projects in the region including the Asian Development Bank, Manila, and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Dr Kishnani sits on several advisory panels in Southeast Asia; he is active in the development of policy instruments and capacity building in the Green building sector. Dr Kishnani is author of the 2012 FuturArc publication, Greening Asia – Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture.

Jury | ASSOC PROF DR ZALINA SHARI (Malaysia) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design and Architecture (FRSB), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She received her PhD in Architecture (specialising in building sustainability assessment) in 2011 from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. With this expertise, she has been teaching sustainability-related courses for the Master of Architecture programme in UPM. Dr Shari also shares her knowledge and expertise on sustainability issues and different Green building rating tools with government and non-government agencies, as well as at educational events and programmes. To date, she has published 60 book chapters and academic articles. She is a member of editorial boards for several international journals, as well as author and national correspondent for FuturArc Journal. She was the chairman of two national sustainable building related conferences in 2012 and 2015 and currently chairs the 2nd Malaysia University-Industry Green Building Collaboration Symposium (MU-IGBC 2018). She has been serving as a board member of the Malaysia Green Building Confederation since 2014, and currently chairs the Research Committee. For her academic achievements, she was awarded The Best Academician for the Category of Teaching by FRSB in 2016 and 2017 and the finalist for the Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award for the Category of Teaching by UPM in 2017.

Jury | FLORIAN HEINZELMANN (Indonesia) received his Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) degree in Architecture from Munich University of Applied Sciences and a Diploma from the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. He was working for UNStudio, Amsterdam on several projects, most notably, as the project leader for the Fraunhofer Institute – Center of Virtual Engineering (ZVE) in Stuttgart. The building received a Gold certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB. He was also a member of the UNStudio Sustainable Buildings knowledge group. In 2009, he started as a researcher at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and begun his PhD research on Adaptive Daylight Systems in large roofs under Prof Dr-Ing Patrick Teuffel. During that time, he was also the project manager/leader of the Solar Decathlon 2012 team as well as tutoring Master students. Afterwards, he joined Patrick Teuffel at TU Eindhoven. Also in 2009, together with Tobias Hofmann and Daliana Suryawinta, he set up their office SHAU, with current locations in Passau, Germany and Bandung, Indonesia. SHAU won several awards e.g., Architizer A+Awards for their Microlibrary Bima and American Architecture Price Small Firm of the Year in Sustainable Architecture. Florian received several study and research grants and is regularly lecturing at universities, speaking in conferences, as well as publishing research papers and articles.

 FuturArc Prize Promoter

FuturArc Journal is the competition organiser. Published bimonthly, the Journal is the region’s leading voice in sustainable architecture and design as it recognises the impact of buildings on society and the environment. FuturArc promotes architecture that demonstrates creativity and social and environmental responsibility. For more information on the magazine, visit www.futurarc.com. The Competition Registrar is BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the BCI Group of Companies.