Born and raised in Singapore, Yong Ter’s passion for architecture was discovered during his university years at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he sought apprenticeship with Mr. Tang Guan Bee for several years, before starting his practice, CHANG Architects, at the turn of this millennium.
This is a Singapore-based practice that seeks out new meanings in the most seemingly mundane briefs, offering fresh interpretations of architectural spaces that meet the occupants’ needs, add values and enhance living, while co-existing harmoniously with nature and the environment.
The firm believes that great design is a work from the mind, and the heart. The goal is to create innovative and engaging designs that uplift human spirits, evolving unique characteristics of each project. While rationality and logic could fulfill functional briefs and achieve pragmatic efficiencies, an intuitive, poetic approach could resonate with the soul, and transcend limitations of rationalities. Therefore, part of the design process also includes unlearning and forgetting, and self-discoveries of the basics/origin.
There are many inspiring landscape works, to single-out a landscape architect that inspires most would be a challenge.
Mount Faber at the southern tip of Singapore. This is a small hill with pockets of manicured parks as well as secondary rainforest. This is where my life revolves – having stayed near it for decades, and my office is right at the foot of it, totally immersed in nature. It is also my first dating venue!