DESIGN & RESEARCH BUREAU was founded by a group of established, award-winning Singaporean architects and designers. Based in Singapore, a multicultural melting pot where East meets West, DRB has a mission to push the boundaries of design thinking and research with a global outlook, from an Asian perspective.

DESIGN & RESEARCH WORKSHOP is established by DRB to impart critical design thinking skills and advanced creative research methodology for design practitioners, who are seeking to be inspired and challenged.

The current course includes 3 intensive days comprising of lectures and workshops, with an additional 2 days of guided tour to selected prominent buildings in Singapore, surveying architectural and interior spaces.

By the end of this week-long course, students are expected to acquire improved skill sets and mindset. Following the establishment of an alumni association for the course, participants will also benefit from the lifelong relationships forged with the instructors and fellow practitioners.


COLIN SEAH / Ministry of Design

As the Founder and Director of Design for the Ministry of Design, Colin has been named Designer of the Year by International Design Awards USA 2010, and is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award. He is also a two-time Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, which is the highest international hospitality accolade, and has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.

PETER TAY / Peter Tay Studio

As the founder and Creative Director of Peter Tay Studio, Peter is best known for accentuating the lifestyles of esteemed celebrities the likes of Zhang Ziyi, Wang Leehom, Stephanie Sun and Zoe Tay. He explores ideas like duality and interchangeability in his projects with prestigious clients such as Richard Mille, Manolo Blank, Armani Casa, Poliform, etc. Peter participated in the “Time-Space-Existence” exhibition in Palazzo Bembo, as part of the Venice Biennale 2014 in Italy – leading him the accolade of Designer of the Year at the President’s Design Awards in the same year.

KEAT ONG / Nota Design Group

Formally trained as an architect, Keat Ong is an international award-winning multidisciplinary designer, specialising in spatial design. He is the current president for the Society of Interior Designers, Singapore (SIDS) and is also the founder of Nota Design Group. Some of his notable projects include the Changsha Library, the Dong Ting Lake Exhibition Centre, and the Lion’s Den Hotel in Pingjiang, amongst many others. 

KELLEY CHENG / The Press Room

Trained in architecture, Kelley Cheng is the founder and Creative Director of The Press Room, a multi-disciplinary design outfit that specialises in content creation and the translation of ideas into 2D and 3D design. Some of her big scale projects include the Youth Olympics Games 2010 and Singapore Pavilion at World Expo 2012 (South Korea) exhibition design, National Art Gallery Singapore wayfinding design, etc. She also serves on the jury panels of international design competitions such as the Red Dot Awards, Nagoya-Do!, Design for Asia, the James Dyson Award, etc.

NATHAN YONG / Nathan Yong Design

Nathan Yong, Founder and Creative Director of Nathan Yong Design began his career as a buyer and product developer. His early exposure to various production techniques and crafts eventually led him to win the prestigious Red Dot Concept Design Award in both 2006 and 2007, as well as Designer of the Year for the President’s Design Award 2008, etc. Nathan went on to jury for the President’s Design Award in 2011 and 2012, as well as for the Australian Good Design Award 2013. He has worked with the likes of Design Within Reach (USA), Ligne Roset (France), Living Divani (Italy), Domicil (Germany), Ethnicraft (Belgium), Grafunkt (Singapore), etc.

Design & Research Workshop

Embark on a 5 day journey of design and learning with renowned innovative speakers. Embrace the opportunity to learn about world-famous architecture, design, creativity and charm of the Little Red Dot.

6 August, Monday
Talk / Workshop @ Parkroyal Beach Road

7 August, Tuesday
Archi Site Visits @ Various Locations

8 August, Wednesday
Talk / Workshop @ SIA Auditorium

9 August, Thursday
Archi Site Visits @ Various Locations

10 August, Friday
Talk / Workshop @ NDC Auditorium

9:00 am to 6:30pm Daily


  • Talks
  • Workshops
  • Archi Site Visits
  • Meals
  • Hotel


  • Talks
  • Workshops
  • Archi Site Visits
  • Meals


  • Talks
  • Workshops
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