Dr Liu Thai-Ker
Dr Liu Thai-Ker is an architect-planner. Since 1992, he has been Director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd, a consultant firm of over 900 people, with ten overseas offices and projects in eighteen countries.
Dr Liu is also the Adjunct Professor of The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is a member of several governmental bodies in Singapore and is the planning advisor to more than twenty cities in China.
As architect-planner and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board, 1969-1989, he oversaw the completion of over half a million dwelling units.
As Chief Executive Officer and Chief Planner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, 1989-1992, he spearheaded the major revision of the Singapore Concept Plan and key direction for heritage conservation.
In the cultural arena, Dr Liu served as the Chairman of the National Arts Council from 1996 to June 2005 and Singapore Tyler Print Institute since 2000. Dr Liu was appointed the Founding Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities in 2008.
Dr Liu obtained his Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours and University Medal from The University of New South Wales in 1962 and Master in City Planning with Parson’s Memorial Medal from Yale University in 1965. He later attended the INSEAD Advanced Management Program in Paris in 1980. In 1995, he was conferred Doctor of Science honoris causa by The University of New South Wales.
Among his awards are the Public Administration Medal (Gold) 1976, the Meritorious Service Medal 1985, Singapore Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Medal of the City of Paris, France in 2001. In 1993, he was bestowed the 2nd Asean Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Architecture.