Liu Thai Ker
Singapore, Born 1938
Singapore’s swiftly changing face owes much to Liu Thai Ker, who, as chairman of the National Arts Council, is helping Singapore to become a cultural centre.
The architect-planner and environmentalist has greatly improved living conditions in Singapore, in particular spearheading the growth and changing role of public housing during his 20 years with the Housing and Development Board, including 10 years as chief executive officer.
Liu’s visionary yet pragmatic approach to planning and conservation was further demonstrated during his years as head of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority and continues today at the architectural, planning and engineering firm that he directs.
For Liu, born into a family of well-known artists, cultural development and a vibrant economy are linked.
Published in 2002