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BUILDING & ENGINEERING | Staff Reporter, Singapore
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Singapore’s 15 largest architecture firms 2013

DP Architects (DPA) has topped Singapore Business Review’s inaugural list of largest architecture firms in Singapore for 2013 based on the number of employed architects. The data was primarily obtained from the Board of Architects and company surveys .

DPA, with 76 registered local architects, was founded in 1967. Its first two major accomplishments were mixed used buildings People’s Park Complex and Golden Mile Complex. DP Architects extended its global reach and setup branch offices beyond Singapore and the Southeast Asian region to locations including China, India and the Middle East. The firm has plans to open a new office in Myanmar in 2014.

Other prominent projects of DPA include Marina Centre, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Resorts World Sentosa, and Singapore Sports Hub. It has also worked in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to transform Orchard Road into one of the world’s foremost retail and fashion shopping streets. According to DPA’s spokesperson, the firm has reinvented some 20 buildings along Orchard Road in the last three decades. This year, amongst its major projects include River Safari, Four Acres Singapore, Zhongshan Park, Twin Peaks.

There are many significant local projects underway, many of which are slated to complete from next year onwards.

Aedas came in second with 58 architects. Aedas has been participating in designing Singapore’s built environment for years. According to Kevin Jose, Aedas’ member of the Board, some of the most important projects they have undertaken here include The Star and 29 MRT stations. Other prominent projects include Star in One-North and Changi City and the soon-to-be completed project – CX2-1.

The third largest architecture firm is CPG Consultants with 49 local architects. The Academia which was completed this year is a project of CPG. According to a CPG’s spokesperson, amongst projects slated for completion in the next two years include NTU Learning Hub, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital and National Art Gallery.

Fourth placer is the over 50-year old Surbana International Consultants with 43 local architects. Among its notable local projects include the revamp of Bugis+,CleanTech One, Singapore University of Technology and Design’s student housing and sport facilities and Aquatic Science Centre. Its featured residential projects meanwhile include Heron Bay, Skies Miltonia, The Nautical, CityLife at Tampines, Sky Residences and Century City Residences.

Another 40-year old firm ONG&ONG came in fifth with 31 architects. Among its recent projects include Audi Centre Singapore, CT Hub, H-House, Adria and Hundred Trees. In addition to projects in Singapore, ONG&ONG has also completed large-scale developments regionally.

Rounding up the list are RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, ADDP Architects, P&T Consultants and Architects 61. Three firms tied in 10th place - Jurong Consultants, SAA Architects and WOHA Architects.

Jurong Consultants which employs 11 architects is behind the following projects: Medical Technology Hub Building (MEDTECH) and Cleantech 2. Jurong has expanded beyond Singapore and their professional expertise has reached 150 cities across 47 countries. Among its major projects overseas this year include the Tianjin Eco City Landmark Building and Low Carbon Living Lab.

At the bottom of the list are Design Link Architects, DCA Architects and JGP Architects.

Design Link Architects is responsible for recent residential project Hillion at Petir Road and an office development at Venture Road. Its project The Six Avenue Residences and Martin Place Residences received Greenmark Gold.

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