Ho Puay-peng

Ho Puay-peng

Head, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore

Professor Ho Puay-peng is an architect by training, and is currently the head of the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore. Having close to 30 years of experience in academia, Puay-peng’s main interest is to integrate research, teaching and practice in the area of architectural history and conservation practices. Prior to joining NUS in 2017, Puay-peng was Professor of Architecture and served as the Director of the School of Architecture and University Dean of Students at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a conservation consultant, architect and adviser to some 100 conservation projects in Hong Kong since 2013, including PMQ, Haw Par Villa, Oil Street Art Space and New Campus for Chicago University Booth School. His signature architectural work is the Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong.

The Universal Gate at Tsz Shan Monastery, designed by Prof Ho Puay-peng.

Encounters with Chinese Architecture

Professor Ho Puay-peng of NUS is an architect by training. His signature architectural work is the HK$1.5b Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong, commissioned by business magnate Lee Kah Shing. Interestingly, Prof Ho’s father Ho Beng Hong was also an architect whose designs include several Chinese architecture-inspired modern buildings in Singapore. ThinkChina invited Prof Ho to reflect on how classical Chinese architecture has evolved and changed in contemporary times outside of China, through an exploration of his own works and those of his father.