DLA at Landscape Industry Association of Singapore Awards


Landscape Industry Association of Singapore (LIAS) organized the LIAS Awards of Excellence to celebrate the joyous event with a gala dinner and awards ceremony held on 1 Sep 2022. LIAS invited teaching staff from Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DLA), Mr Sonny Saculo and Ms Toh Sok Na as subject matter experts to be part of the judging panellists of the LIAS Awards.

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Mr Sonny Saculo (seated second from left) and Ms Toh Sok Na (seated extreme right) at the VIP table with other judging panellists from the landscape industry. Photo credit: LIAS.

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DLA teaching staff, Sok Na (fourth from right), Sonny (sixth from right) and Emily (extreme left) in a group picture at the table for Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA).

This event marks the ninth edition of the LIAS Awards of Excellence. The awards are opened to landscape designers, practitioners, contractors and owners in the landscape and horticultural industry aiming to recognize outstanding projects with professionalism and excellent quality.


“Over the past decade, we saw changes in the region, growth in Singapore and the push in moving towards a greener and more sustainable world. But one thing that has remained a consistent upward movement is the quality and standards of our industry. This is why we would like to recognise the excellence and talent with these awards.”

– LIAS President, Mr Goh Eng Lam


“The submissions for the Awards demonstrate the continued excellence of the landscape industry, and showcase the high quality of the work from our landscape practitioners, all of whom play a key role in transforming Singapore into a City in Nature.”

 – Guest of Honour for the event, Assoc. Prof. Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development

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Darren (second from right), DLA Alumni, with his project team from Green Forest Landscape Pte Ltd received the Silver Award of Excellence for Design and Build Category for Swettenham Close. Photo credit: LIAS.

After completing his diploma with DLA in 2010, Darren Tan Yong Bin joined the landscape industry and is currently a Project Manager in Green Forest Landscape Pte Ltd. The project that won Darren and his team the silver award was the landscape design for a Good Class Bungalow with a welcoming entrance and themed garden with private enclosed spaces for the owner.

When asked to give words of encouragement to his juniors in DLA about the landscape industry, Darren says: “Within the landscape industry, it is important to be a team player, stay focused, and enjoy the endless learning opportunities.”

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DLA Alumni from different cohorts, Adrian, Eric, Jia Hua, Hakima, Ethan and Zhenpeng attended the event as they are working in various landscape companies, in a group picture with DLA teaching staff.

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In this group picture with DLA teaching staff are DLA Alumni from different cohorts: Adrian, Zhenpeng, Jia Hua, Darren and Wen Ting who are working in various landscape companies.

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