2022 Winner

Mr Josiah Leong

Title: Associate
Company: DP Architects Pte Ltd
Design Philosophy:

Both in form and function, Architecture possesses the ability to shape our human experience. The architect thus shoulders a noble responsibility, where the spatial experience should come at the forefront of a designer’s thinking. In the process of design, a constant push/pull tension can be felt, where one debates between options that weigh differently on the designer, the client, the end-user, etc. It is through this crucial and almost existential tug-of-war that an equilibrium can be achieved – after all, the beauty of architecture can only be experienced where there are users, as Yoshio Taniguchi puts well - “Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.” Understanding this, Josiah has been actively engaging with his community, helming the belief that such interactions enable a better understanding of varying needs/desires and therefore bettering himself as an architect. At work, he is co-president of DPLife, focusing on staff’s well-being and fostering strong intra-company bonds. Outside of the office, he volunteers with the National Youth Council and has facilitated youths in participating in the URA’s Long Term Planning Review.