Technology helps sustainable architecture
ArchAsia President Rita Soh, a Singaporean architect tells Shaikh Shahrukh of Daily Observer, Architects should focus on emerging technologies for developing sustainable structures to ensure environment-friendly habitat, global architecture leader opined.
Architects Council Asia (ArchAsia) President Rita Soh made an exclusive interview with Daily Observer during her recent Dhaka trip.
Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and ArchAsia jointly organized the marking the twentieth forum of the organization. During the talk, Singapore-based architect Rita mentioned the significance of Dhaka summit as the oragnisation is celebrating golden jubilee of founding anniversary this year.
ArchAsia, a regional forum representing 21 economies in Asia, is considered as apex platform of architects in the region. "Bangladesh has significant progress in architects as there are 21 universities offer higher education on the subject while Singapore has only two institutes to learn architect," Rita added.
Flashbacking to the early days of organization, Rita further mentioned that ArchAsia emerged with six member countries which were once member of Commonwealth Architects Association or CAA.
"We began journey fifty years ago with six members which is now 21. And very soon Bhutan and Cambodia will on-board with the umbrella of ArchAsia," Prior the presidency of ArchAsia, RDC Architects Managing Director Rita led Singapore Association of Architecture and professional registration organization Singapore Institute of Architects.
Focusing on green architecture, Rita mentioned that there is no alternative to develop environment-friendly structure to make the earth more habitat.
"For make excellence in architectural development, professionals have to attain emotional capacity to go through the work with empathy. From ArchAsia, we have continued our regular programme to inspire young professionals to focus on more humanitarian aspects in projects," she added.
ArchAsia has six committees to promote architectural knowledge sharing across different territories in the region. The committees focus on - architecture education, practice, social responsibilities, sustainability and young professionals.
Regarding the smart city, tech-shabby Rita explained inspiring views saying, "Here technology is the most powerful tools and we need to use this for the betterment of the country. The main focus is data analysis, big data, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Some cases we want to see 3 dimension tools and competitive big data analysis. Even we use virtual reality for showing the clients about the house and others model'.
According to Rita, ecological issues are more important to any architects to ensure balanced habitat in the earth.
"Environment is very important and if you think you want to earn money then never go for it because architecture is not making money but also it will protect the environment," she explained.
Rita Soh graduated with from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor of Architecture after attaining an honors degree on bachelor on architectural studies arts.