Small Town Girl With Big Dreams

From a small town girl to pursuing a career as an architect, Priscilla has seen her dreams come to life through sheer determination and hard work. Her childhood memories consist of carefree times spent playing in a quiet Malaysian neighbourhood, and eating fresh rambutans plucked from the trees she climbed.

Life was relaxing with no tuition classes and, being an introvert, Priscilla immersed herself in music, a talent that runs in her family. The turning point came when she went into secondary school at SMK Infant Jesus Convent in Johor Bahru, where she discovered her knack for drawing.

During a 3-D drawing lesson, Priscilla was one of the first to complete her assignment. Her teacher complimented her on her talent and told her to consider becoming an architect. Those words sparked off her interest, and she has not looked back since.

After completing her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), or the Malaysian Certificate of Education, Priscilla decided to enrol in the Diploma in Architecture at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) due to her keen interest in sketching.

Her choice in studying in SP was mainly due to her family members – her aunt, uncle and brother are all graduates of SP! They had nothing but positive comments about the SP education and this convinced Priscilla and her parents.

Coming to Singapore and living on her own quickly taught Priscilla to be independent and more resilient. She had to cope with the loneliness of being away from her family and had to adjust to the Singapore lifestyle and education system. But she enjoyed every minute of life at SP. She especially loved the SP culture where students are treated like professionals in an architecture firm and ideas are shared freely. Learning communication and presentation skills also made her more of an extrovert.

One of her fondest memories at SP was attending the 10-day Architecture Association UK Singapore Workshop. She had the opportunity to meet architecture students from universities all over the world and had a great time going for site visits and working on projects in groups. She also participated in competitions such as the Custom Home Design Challenge in the Bahamas. 

With a GPA score of 3.946 and winner of the Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal, Priscilla is looking forward to pursuing a Degree in Architecture at the National University of Singapore or Singapore University of Technology and Design or head to Australia.

When she qualifies as an architect, Priscilla hopes to work on projects that help in the reconstruction of houses and public buildings in disaster zones.

Awards won:

Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal
Singapore Institute of Architects Gold Medal
Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore Prize
Shell Companies in Singapore Prize
Chan Sau Yan Associates Prize
Board of Architects Prize