In [With Reference], Soo Chan of SCDA explores the fundamentals of architecture—going back to inspirations and precedents, examining basic building blocks and core values—in search of a universal spatial vocabulary for contemporary practice.
As practice becomes increasingly globalized and fragmented, the applied design language has to absorb nuances of climate, craft, culture, and place. Through a rich diagrammatic analysis of seminal projects by SCDA as well as masters of architecture around the world, [With Reference] argues for the revival of a rule-based design language.
Soo K. Chan is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a design studio seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and product design to create holistic spatial experiences. SCDA has offices in Singapore, Shanghai and New York. The firm has designed in over 70 locations across five continents.
Chan obtained his Master of Architecture from Yale. He is a Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore and teaches internationally.
Julia van den Hout is an architecture editor and curator, and director of the communications studio Original Copy. She is also co-founder and editor of CLOG, a publication that aims to slow down the rapid pace of discourse and provide a platform for the discussion of currently pressing and relevant subjects. From 2008 to 2014, she was press director at Steven Holl Architects.