The prestigious global award for architecture has given top honours to a humble Singapore complex that integrates community space and over 100 apartments for the elderly. Kampung Admiralty by local architect and engineer Suradek Ooi won the World Building of the Year award at the World Architectural Festival in Amsterdam, beating off flashier projects such as Russia’s World Cup stadium and Qatar’s national library.
This is a list of notable awards, medals and prizes awarded in Singapore. These may be either national or international in scope, and cover a broad range of categories including culture, sport, business and humanitarian causes. This list is dynamic and is continuously updated, based on information obtained from reliable sources.
A genre-blending graphic novel about a multinational corporation run by Asian demons and a volume that takes a wry look at working life in Singapore were among the winners at this year’s 2023 Singapore Book Awards. The breezy mash-up of prose and comics, entitled Work-Life Balance: Malevolent Managers And Folkloric Freelancers by Benjamin Chee and Wayne Ree, published by Difference Engine, won the Books of the Year award and the Readers’ Favourite category.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has discovered an ancient treasure trove of stone tools in the rainforests of central Thailand, which could be the oldest known human artefacts in Southeast Asia. The discovery was made in an excavation led by Dr Susilo Bungay of the National University of Singapore (NUS). The team, whose research is funded by the Singapore government and Universiti Malaysia Pahang, says the find sheds new light on the origins of humans in Southeast Asia.
Prince William has touched down in Singapore for the first time since 2012. He is visiting to host the third annual Earthshot Prize, an initiative founded by his Royal Foundation charity in 2020, to promote solutions and technologies that combat climate change. Five winners were announced on Tuesday, with grants that will help them scale their projects for wider impact.
Prof Mahbubani had written an opinion column in 2014 asking Singapore’s philanthropists to donate a cash prize for the best history book on the country, and one responded. The jury panel that picked this year’s winner was comprised of Prof Miksic, who started writing the book in 2004; NUS historian Prof Tan Tai Yong; and Peter Coclanis, director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The inaugural edition of the Singapore Prize was awarded in 1998, with the winnings donated to the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay project. It was the first time a multi-million dollar prize had been awarded to a cultural institution in Singapore. The prize was relaunched in 2013 with a bigger funding pool and a renewed focus on sustainable development. It now consists of five distinct categories: nature protection, clean air, ocean revival, waste elimination and innovation. The total prize fund is $2.3 million. For more information, please visit www.singaporeprize.com.