Amanda Yeo Qian Yu

Drawing buildings for a cause
When the time came to consider a diploma course, Amanda Yeo wondered if there was anything that combines science and design. This alumna of Siglap Secondary did not want to continue studying just science subjects but would like to expand on her scientific knowledge. She decided that the Diploma in Architecture in SP was the best choice because to her, this is a superb combination of design and science.

Amanda was determined to get the best out of her diploma course. In her three years with SP, she went for no less than seven overseas trips which took her to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. Some of the trips were part of her course work that required her to gain deeper understanding on the architectural development in other countries.

The most memorable overseas experience for her was the Green Desert Project in Inner Mongolia, jointly organised by SP and Asian Journeys, a Singapore-based social enterprise dedicated to working with youths and helping them grow into globalised youths with character, courage, creativity and competency. The trip made her realise the real issue facing desertification which affects not only farmers but also city dwellers. She was so inspired that she collaborated with Asian Journeys’ founder Lawrence Ko to organise the Youth in Environmental Stewardship Forum which was held on Earth Day this year. She is still collaborating with Mr Ko, this time on a Sibu Long House Project in Sarawak where they are creating a sustainable system for a village.

The SP Scholar and Model Student Award winner is deeply passionate about using architecture to bring about environment sustainability. If you ask her what she thinks are the architectural icons in the world, she would name buildings like the Church of the Light built by Japanese architect Tadao Ando where the space is defined using natural lighting; and an eco-friendly Green School in Bali built using bamboo.

Her internship with established renowned local architectural studios Arc Studio, which designed the Pinnacle at Duxton, was an eye-opener. She was very much involved in their on-going projects and also helped them to prepare presentation materials for competitions.

Amanda is game for anything that captivates her. Besides her community involvement activities, she has also tried her hands in rock climbing, sailing and mix martial arts. She has also developed a love for digital media and is building up her portfolio of photo and video works.

The future is bright for Amanda. She has just started her degree in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design with a scholarship. When the time is right, she will start her own company where she hopes to design buildings for a cause, besides commercial projects.

Sounds like a Build-To-Order project but certainly more meaningful!

Awards:

Tan Kay Yong Gold Medal
DP Architects Prize