7th SIP Planning Awards Ceremony & Winning Entries 2021
The Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) was delighted to host its 7th SIP Planning Awards Ceremony at the URA Centre on 16th Sept 2021 evening. The changes wrought by the Covid-19 epidemic not only created many new norms in our lives but also this year’s SIP Planning Award ceremony. Unlike past years where the ceremony was held over a gala dinner in a hotel, this year's ceremony was conducted with restrictions on physical attendance due to Covid-19 Safe Management Measures. The Planning Awards this year was streamed live with an in-person attendance of about 30 guests, reaching out to a further 700 guests in Singapore and around the world.
Gracing the event virtually was Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and National Development, Ms Indranee Rajah. Ms Indranee expressed her keen interest in the progress of SIP's collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Architects and the Urban Redevelopment Authority on the future plans for the Paya Lebar Airbase area and looked forward to stronger partnerships between planners from the public and private sectors in future.
Mr Wilfred Loo, SIP President, delivered the opening address, thanking Minister Indranee, all distinguished local and overseas guests, partnering professional institutions and associations for attending the first hybrid award ceremony (held both physically and virtually). He also expressed his appreciation to all the local and overseas judges for their invaluable views in the process of judging the project submissions.
SIP President, Mr Wilfred Loo, delivering the opening speech.
Overseas and local judges
The preparation for this 7th edition started as early as 3Q 2020. SIP ,introduced substantial changes to the award categories to honor both projects and people, locally and internationally, as well as responding to the prevailing planning environment. Hence, there was a total of 11 categories in this 7th edition. The current Covid-19 pandemic situation had thrust SIP to explore innovative ways of receiving, sorting and judging the submissions. The entire submission and judging process was carried out through electronic means. SIP would like to thank our 16 esteemed local and overseas judges for their hard work and expertise in evaluating the record number of submissions this year.