Lilian Chee is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a writer, academic, designer, curator and award-winning educator. A recipient of the University and Faculty Teaching Honour Rolls at NUS, she has lectured at the Bartlett, Delft, ETH Zurich, Melbourne and the Berlage Centre. Her work is situated at the intersections of architectural representation, gender and affect in a contemporary interdisciplinary context. Her research explores the emergence of architecture through, and from within, everyday encounter and its archives. Influenced by film, art and literature, she is engaged in how an affective construction of architectural discourse might change the writing of its histories and theories. She conceptualized, researched and collaborated on the award-winning architectural essay film about single women occupants in Singapore’s public housing 03-FLATS (2014). 03-FLATS won the best ASEAN documentary Salaya 2015; was shortlisted for the Busan Wide Angle Documentary Prize 2014; and was screened at the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016. Her publications include the forthcoming monograph Architecture and Affect: Precarious Spaces (Routledge, 2019) and a co-edited volume Asian Cinema and The Use of Space (Routledge, 2015). She is working on a book about public art in the Singapore city core, and co-editing a volume on domesticity in architecture. Lilian is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Theory Review and Australian Feminist Studies. She is Visiting Fellow at Future Cities Lab Singapore-ETH Centre (from June - December 2018) and Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London (from October 2018 – October 2019).
A. AWARDS & GRANTS
National University of Singapore, Teaching Excellence Honour Roll
School of Design and Environment, Teaching Excellence Honour Roll
National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2015/2016
School of Design and Environment Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2015/2016
School of Design and Environment Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2013/2014
National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2011/2012
School of Design and Environment Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2011/2012
National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2008/2009
School of Design and Environment Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2008/2009
NUS-MOE Tier 1 Research Grant for Architecture and Affect: pending funding details
Humanities Social Sciences Seed Fund, NUS for proposed research on Global Domesticities, commencing third quarter University-wide grant worth S$40,000
Rethinking Our Urban Living for Singapore's Next 50 Years: Competitive Faculty-wide grant worth S$20,000
NUS Start-up Grant and MOE Tier 1 Research Grant: Faculty-wide grant worth S$65,990
Research Grant (Academic Event), Asia Research Institute: University-wide competitive grant worth S$18,000
College Art Association International Travel Grant, USA (Post-PhD): Internationally competitive award worth US$1200
Arts/Humanities Research Board Centre for Asian & African Literatures Fieldwork for Doctoral Studentship, UK: Internationally competitive grant worth £1,500.
Graduate School Research Scholarship, University College London, UK: Internationally competitive and prestigious awards limited to 20 places per year university-wide, each award worth £40,000 equivalent to UK fees and monthly stipend for 3 years of study.
Overseas Research Students Award, UK Universities: Internationally competitive awards worth £30,000 equivalent to Overseas students’ fees for 3 years of study.
Overseas Graduate Scholarship for PhD studies, National University of Singapore: University-wide competitive funding worth S$116,000, equivalent to last salary drawn for 3 years of study.
PhD Fellowship, Columbia University, New York: US$200,000 equivalent to PhD tuition and stipend for 5 years of study (*I did not take up this fellowship because of personal reasons following the September 11 incident)
Graduate Open Scholarship, University College London, UK: Internationally-competitive awards limited to 20 places university-wide for Master students, each award is worth £2500 pounds.
Overseas Study Grant, National University of Singapore: £3000 plus S$38,300 equivalent to last salary drawn over a period of 12 months.
Distinction, awarded to the best Masters Dissertation submitted at Bartlett, University College London, UK
Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, awarded to the most distinguished Architecture graduate of the cohort
Singapore Board of Architects Gold Medal, awarded to the highest performing B.Arch (Hons.) graduate
Singapore Institute of Architects Prize, awarded to the most outstanding B. Arch. (Hons.) graduate
Singapore Institute of Architects Prize, awarded to the most outstanding BA (Arch. Studies) graduate
Awards and Nominations for Creative Practice
The Art Connector, National Gallery Singapore: Nomination for the President’s Design Award 2016, designed in collaboration with FARM and Kwodrent
03-FLATS: Singapore Pavilion selection at the 15th Architecture Biennale, Venice
03-FLATS: Best ASEAN Documentary, 5th Salaya International Documentary Film Festival
03-FLATS: 50 Singapore Films, Singapore Festival in France, Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, official selection
03-FLATS: Fade In Fade Out, Asian Film Archive official selection.
03-FLATS: Singapore Chinese Film Festival official selection
03-FLATS: Busan International Film Festival shortlisted for Wide Angle Documentary Film award
03-FLATS: Seoul International Architecture Film Festival official selection
03-FLATS: Singapore International Film Festival official selection
The Tree: Design of the Year in the President’s Design Award 2010, designed in collaboration with FARM
Awards won by supervised students
Shaunice Ten (M.Arch Thesis, 2015-16): Jacques Rougerie Foundation-Institut de France and the 2016 International Competition in Architecture 'Innovations and Architecture of the Sea', Special Mention/ First Runner up
Gan Chien Huey (Y2 Architectural Design, 2015-16): International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2016, First prize
Chen Hui Hua (M.Arch Thesis + M.Arch Dissertation 2012-13): Ong and Ong Travelling Fellowship for travel to Tokyo to pursue extended research into her topic on domesticity and the Japanese 'superflat' subculture
Kenneth Koh Qibao (M.Arch Dissertation 2009-10): The RIBA President's Medal 2010: Commendation Award for Unearthed: Surveys Of 'Ground' In The Heterotopic Chinese Grave
Kenneth Koh Qibao (M.Arch Dissertation 2009-10): Architecture Alumni Association Prize
Felicia Toh Wei Ching (USP Advanced Architecture Module): Preservation of Monuments Board Honours Thesis Grant
Jolene Liam (Y2 Architectural Design, 2008-9): NUS Dean's List
Wu Huei Siang (Y1 Architectural Design, 2007-8): NUS Dean's List
Jolene Lee Wen Hui Siang (Y1 Architectural Design, 2007-8): NUS Dean's List
Ruth Oldham (History and Theory Elective Y4): Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, History and Theory Prize for distinguished work in History and Theory
Ben Clement (History and Theory Elective Y4): Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, History and Theory Prize for distinguished work in History and Theory
Jon Kher Kaw (Y1 Architectural Design, 2000-1): NUS Dean's list (Level Two, Electives)
Torrance Goh (Y1 Architectural Design, 1999-2000): NUS Dean's list
Visiting Fellow, Future Cities Lab, ETH-Singapore (June - December 2018)
Honorary Senior Research Associate, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
B. SERVICE TO PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC COMMUNITIES
Area Editors Advisory Group for South/East Asia for The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopaedia of Women in Architecture, 1960-2015 (editors Lori Brown, Syracuse University, and Karen Burns, University of Melbourne), UK
Editorial Board Member, Australian Feminist Studies, Australia
Editorial Board Member, Architectural Theory Review, University of Sydney, Australia
Regional Editor, The Journal of Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK
Academic Editor, Singapore Architect, Singapore
Academic Reviewer for Journal Papers and New Book Proposals
Architecture and Culture, UK
Architectural Theory Review, Australia
Ashgate Architecture list for Asia/Asia Pacific, UK
Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and the Related Arts, New Zealand
Architectural Research Quarterly, UK
Gender Place Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, UK
Home Cultures, University College London, London
Transactions, Institute of British Geographers and the Royal Geographical Society, UK
Haecceity Papers, University of Sydney Press, Sydney
Initiated International Academic Network on Global Domesticity (supported by the HSS seed fund)
2017 Situating Domesticities, with scholars Anoma Pieris (UMelb), Barbara Penner (Bartlett), Catharina Gabrielsson, (KTH), Naomi Stead and Kelly Greenop (Monash), Jane M. Jacobs (Yale-NUS), Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven), Gulsum Baydar and Cansu Karakiz (Yasar), Julieanna Preston (Massey), Anooradha Siddiqi (Harvard), Nisha Mary Mathew (NUS), Teresita Cruz-del Rosario (NUS), Simone Chung (NUS), Jessica Cook (NUS), Mallika Bose (Pennsylvania), Lori A. Brown (Syracuse), Izumi Kuroishi (Aoyama), Eunice Seng (HKU), Mirjana Lozanovska (Deakin), Melany Sun-Min Park (Harvard).
Academic Research Associate/Affiliate
2018 Visiting Fellow, Future Cities Lab, Singapore-ETH Centre
2015- Asia Research Institute (ARI) Asian Urbanism Cluster
2015- Centre for Family and Population Research, FASS, NUS
2018 ‘Affect in architecture: 03-FLATS,’ Behind Closed Doors: The secret life of home in Singapore, ARI Asia Trends 2018, The National Library, 12 April 2018.
2017 ‘Chasing Inuka: Rambling through Singapore in Tan Pin Pin’s films,’ Discipline the City Salon Lectures, The Substation Singapore, 6 October 2017.
2016 ‘Affecting Architecture: Shifting Agencies and Arguments,’ Spaces of Transition: Globalisation, transnationalism and urban change in the Asia-Pacific, University of Melbourne, 5 July 2016.
2016 ‘In Media Res: Land, Ground and Landscape in Bukit Brown’, Urban Nature, Future Cities Lab-ETH, 23 June 2016.
2016 ‘03-FLATS: Screening and dialogue,’ Yale-NUS Urban Speaker Series, Yale-NUS, 10 March 2016.
2015 Asian Film Archive’s Fade in/Fade Out Public Film Programme 2015, film screening of 03-FLATS and dialogue, Marine Parade Public Library, Singapore, 17 October 2015.
2015 ‘Designing for the Other 99 Percent: Trajectories in Singapore Architecture,’ Cultural and Contextual Studies Design Seminars: Design in the Southeast Asian Context, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, Faculty of Design, LASALLE, 6 August 2015.
2015 03-FLATS: Screening and dialogue, Asia Research Institute-FASS Cities Cluster of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS, 4 May 2015.
2015 ‘Strange Conversations: Simryn Gill’s Art and its Affective Space,’ Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA-NTU) Public Programmes Detour Series in conjunction with Simryn Gill: Hugging the Shore exhibition, CCA-NTU, 24 April 2015.
2015 ‘Reimagining Domesticity: Film in Architectural Research,’ Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, 25 February 2015.
2015 ‘Making 03-FLATS: Architecture, Domesticity and Film,’ Berlage Institute, Delft University, Delft, The Good Life Public Lecture Series, 20 February 2015.
2014 ‘Performative Landings: Singapore, Land, its Past and the Future’, Spaces of Resistance Lecture Series, ETH Zurich, 24 September 2014.
2014 ‘Contrapunctal Alliances: Reconsidering Domesticity through Architecture and Film, Writing Lab 2014 talk series History and its Currency: Archives, Anecdotes, Contemporary Practice, NUS Museum and National Arts Council, 20 March 2014.
2013 ‘Letters from Home’, at Spaces of Change Lecture Series 2013, organized by Future Cities Lab, Singapore-ETH Centre, 28 March 2013.
2012 ‘I live alone’: 3 case studies in the Singapore public housing context, at ROJAK London, Pop-Up Singapore House, London season, 23 September 2012, Dorset Square, London, UK.
2012 ‘Curating architecture’, at Curating Lab Curatorial Roundtable 02, organized by NUS Museum in collaboration with National Arts Council of Singapore, Lorong 24A Geylang, 18 August 2012.
2012 ‘What's at stake in an architecture exhibition?’ at Curating the Nation lecture series (1 Jan - 1 May 2012), 16 February 2012, NUS Museum, Singapore.
2009 ‘I feel the earth move: Traversing Singapore Ground’ at The Bartlett Architecture and Interdisciplinary Seminars ‘Architecture & Travel: Perception, Attraction, Mobility’, 23 October 2009, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London.
2009 ‘Domesticity and Monumentality: Reconsidering the Peranakan House’ at the Museum Colloquium and Book Launch Performing the Peranakan organized by NUS Museum (March 2009).
2008 ‘The Evidence of Experience: The Billiard Room and its Animals’ at the Asia Research Institute Cultural Studies Cluster - Work in Progress Lectures, 4 Jun 2008, NUS Bukit Timah Campus, Singapore.
2004 ‘Architectural History and Psychoanalytic Theory’, at the Bartlett Architectural History Lecture Series, 20 October 2004, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK.
2018 ‘Making + Scholarship,’ Research by Design Symposium, National University of Singapore, 17 January 2018.
2017 “Women and Architecture: Conversations on the Discipline,” in ArchiFest 2017, Singapore of Institute of Architects, 12 October 2017.
2017 ‘Types’ in ‘Modernity’s Other: Disclosing Southeast Asia's Built Environment across the colonial and postcolonial world,’ at the 2nd Southeast Asia Architecture Research Collective (SEAARC) symposium, Department of Architecture, NUS, 5-6 January 2017.
2016 ‘Screen Sensibilities,’ at Hard State, Soft City: The Urban Imaginative Field in Singapore, Asia Research Institute, 17-18 March 2016.
2015 ‘The Only Way is Up,’ panel held in conjunction with SHELTERED exhibition at the National Library Singapore, Visitors Briefing Room, 6 November 2015.
2015 ‘Dwelling in Asia: Between Housing, Domesticity and Architecture,’ at the Society of Architectural Historians Conference, Chicago. Co-chaired with Dr Eunice Seng (Hong Kong University), April 2015.
2015 ‘Architecture and Constructs of Culture,’ at the inaugural 1st Southeast Asia Architecture Research Collective (SEAARC) symposium, Department of Architecture, NUS, 8-9 January 2015.
2018 ‘Displacement and Domesticity since 1945: Refugees, migrants and expats making homes,’ KU Leuven, Brussels, organized by Prof Hilde Heynen. Scientific committee member, 28-29 March 2019.
2017 ‘Situating Domesticities in Architecture,’ Department of Architecture, NUS. Co-chair and lead investigator, with Dr Jessica Cook and Dr Simone Chung, 7-8 December 2017.
2017 Panel reviewer for ‘Asia as Method,’ the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians Asia (SAUH Asia) 2nd annual meeting, organized by the Centre for Asian & Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide, July 2017.
2010 ‘Performing Space in Asian Film,’ Asia Research Institute International Roundtable. Co-chair for roundtable with Dr Edna Lim (NUS) and Dr Charles Leary (ARI), February 2010.
2014 Panel Respondent, Future Cities Lab Symposium Module VI, ETH Zurich, under Prof Marc Angélil, 25 September 2014.
2014 Panel Respondent, at Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation (Association of Asian Studies conference) for panel chaired by Dana Arnold, “Heritage and Transformation in Asian Cities: The Role of the Public Park, 1887-2014”, July 2014.
2013 Respondent for keynote lecture by Edward Soja in “Spatial Justice in Singapore” organized by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in collaboration with Asian Urban Lab, January 2013.
2013 Advisor and respondent, “Public Space in Urban Asia” workshop organized by Asian Urban Lab, May 2013.
Dr. Lilian CHEE, Associate Professor
PhD (Bartlett, UCL), MSc (Arch History) with Distinction (Bartlett, UCL),
B.Arch (Hons) (NUS), BA (Arch Studies) (NUS)
Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
Tel: +65 9819 2779