Timothy Seow, builder of bungalows in air, dies

Timothy Seow, builder of bungalows in air, dies

Raised in Singapore, trained in Oxford and inspired by the architecture of San Francisco and Vancouver, Dr Seow’s approach to architecture is a complex but effective combination of work ethics, programmatic analysis, strong contextual response and a sense of what makes life good

There may be many who are not familiar with Timothy Seow but you may find hardly few who have not seen his masterpieces which could be found in whole of Asia including India. His model of incorporating gardens and swimming pools on a high-rise building have been replicated widely. His passing away last week has created a vacuum  in architectural field which will be difficult to fill.

Raised in Singapore, trained in Oxford and inspired by the architecture of San Francisco and Vancouver, Dr Seow’s approach to architecture is a complex but effective combination of work ethics, programmatic analysis, strong contextual response and a sense of what makes life good. As one of the few Asian architects to be profiled in World Architecture magazine, Dr Seow has won numerous local and overseas prizes for his work. He has taken on numerous high-profile projects and founded his own firm which he led to prominence. In 1998, he was conferred a Doctorate by Oxford Brookes University – his alma mater – for his outstanding good work.

He and his team have undertaken prestigious projects for residential, commercial, hospitality and institutional buildings as well as master planning in Singapore, India, Canada, China, the Middle East and South East Asia. They have proposed refreshing design ideas and concepts for a plethora of high profile projects, winning numerous local and overseas awards in the process. Dr Seow is intimately involved in every project undertaken by IDS, helping to define and drive every project to achieve more than was required in the design brief. Teamwork is the driving force behind IDS, whereby the creative flair and hard work of all the team members have contributed to the practice’s prominence in the building industry. The architects not only work closely with one another but also ensure clients understand, and can participate effectively in, the design process.

In 2013, Ozone Group, Bangalore-based property developers, had engaged the services of Dr Timothy Seow’s studio in association with CPG consultants for its Chennai township project which involved a land coverage of 23%, water features and large open parks of more than 33 acres. Recently, his firm had signed for designing of Hi Power City in Kochi.

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