One of his early projects, the Hyatt Kuantan, served as an opportunity to test his tropical architectural knowledge. Designing structures that take advantage of cross ventilation and provide ample rain and sun protection is common in tropical designs and is reminiscent of the Malay kampong or colonial black and white homes found in Singapore. "It was a distinctively fresh approach of looking inwards at our heritage for inspiration instead of the West," says Mr Chan.
"As an architect, there are responsibilities. You are creating an environment where people are living and moving in it, it's not like a sculpture or a painting. If you take architecture seriously, it's quite formidable." For a great slideshow of his projects and full bio be sure to visit his website.
Additional information found at the President's Design Award Singapore 2011
Images: Chan Sau Yan Associates