Mun Summ Wong is Co-Founder of WOHA based in Singapore.
He is a Professor in Practice in the Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS).
He also sits on the Nominating Committee of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and other design advisory panels in Singapore.
Mun Summ Wong founded WOHA with Richard Hassell in 1994. The firm focusses on the integration of environmental and social principles at every stage of the design process. WOHA’s architecture is guided by the local context and culture, and above all, by the local climatic conditions, which determine every energy-saving strategy. WOHA’s structures are designed to harmonize with and incorporate natural ecosystems, and to proactively encourage self-sufficient cities, which will have no need for the use of artificial energy.
WOHA have received international awards for their work, including the Best Mixed-Use Building (2019), Best Tall Building Worldwide (2018), Urban Habitat Award (2015 & 2019) from the CTBUH, RAIA Jørn Utzon Award (2011), RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2011), Singapore President’s Design Award - Designer of the Year (2008), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007), and they have won seven separate categories in the World Architecture Festival, including the 2018 World Building of the Year for Kampung Admiralty. Their most awarded projects have been Oasia Hotel Downtown, the School of the Arts and the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel in Singapore.
The company won a LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Asia Pacific for their project “Floating University in Bangladesh”. The site of the project is polluted swampland within Dhaka. Working with the client, an NGO-run university by BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities), the project team proposes a building that floats above the pond. The project was praised by the independent jury for “setting a new benchmark for sustainability in Asia – and how a single building is conceived as a larger rejuvenation project for the city.”
WOHA launched Garden City Mega City: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming (Pesaro, 2016) at the 2016 Venice Biennale, which shares strategies for the exploding megacities of the tropical belt. In the book, WOHA shows how integrated landscape, architecture and urbanism can improve quality of life within high-density environments.
He graduated with Honours from NUS (1989). Together with Richard Hassell, WOHA conducted a design studio at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (2016).
Mun Summ Wong will be a member of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury in 2021.