Spatial Anatomy creates spaces, objects and strategies for cities.
Founded by Calvin Chua, the firm responds to today’s challenging urban conditions through built works and research projects. Central to the design ethos of the firm, is the strong interest in reducing architecture to its primal form as a framework for everyday life to flourish. In particular, the firm is noted for its strong interest in the relationship between architecture and the city.
Registered in the United Kingdom and Singapore, the firm works across cultures and maintains an international portfolio of projects at various scales. Current projects include an infrastructural building in Singapore, a tech office in Jakarta, rehabilitation of a cultural village in Hainan, and a territorial research on the Korean peninsula.
Calvin Chua is a RIBA chartered architect in the UK and a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. In parallel to running the practice, Calvin serves an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, leading research on the paradigmatic architectural manifestations of the city. Past studios include the regeneration of old office parks in Singapore and rural-urban transformation in China and rethinking urban forms surrounding the High-Speed Rail network in Malaysia.
Calvin’s works have been featured in various news media, including Monocle, Reuters and CNN. In 2013, he was selected by the British Council as one of five emerging architects in the UK for a design residency in Doha, while in 2015, he was selected as a young leader of tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium.
In addition, Calvin is also noted for his non-profit engagement with the DPRK through an annual workshop supported by Choson Exchange and the AA Visiting School Programme. He is recognised as one of the leading voices on urban development issues on the Korean peninsula.
Prior to founding Spatial Anatomy, Calvin worked for various architecture and urban planning firms in Europe and Asia. Under Balmond Studio, Calvin was part of the team that delivered a large mixed-use development project in Sri Lanka; while under Fundacion Metropoli, Calvin was responsible for developing territorial plans for governments and multi-lateral banks in Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
Current & Past Collaborators
Chloe Liang, Janani Sundaram, Shao Xuan Tan, Lisa Koswara, Pavithra Muthu, Porndee Chua, Junwei Mok, Gabi Quek, Sam Tang, Denise Lee, Inez Ow, Wei Lin Tan, Jiehao Lau, Zhining Lou
Modalku (Funding Societies)
Seoul Metropolitan Government
Selected Media Feature
New York Times
‘Pyongyang Sallim’ in Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea, Sep – Nov 2017
‘State of Exception’ in Flaneur Gallery, Singapore, Nov 2015
‘Courtyard(s)’ in Old Doha Prize Exhibition, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, Nov 2013
‘Venice Workshop’ in Regeneration Venezia, Venice, Italy, Aug 2012
‘Resilience and Infrastructure’, Future City Summit, Hong Kong, Aug 2018
‘Everyday Monuments’, Seoul, South Korea, Feb 2018
‘Everyday Monuments’ in Discipline the City, Substation, Singapore, Aug 2017
‘Emerging North Korea’ Architectural Association, London, Feb 2017
‘Who Owns the City’ in Cities for People Public Summit, Singapore, Jan 2017
‘Greater Male Development’ in ADB Workshop, Male, Maldives, Dec 2016
‘Living Factories’ in URA Brown Bag Session, URA, Singapore, Aug 2015
‘Productive Peripheries: Rethinking the High Speed Rail Project’, in The Singapore Architect, 2018
‘The Duo and the City’, in The Singapore Architect, 2017
‘The Office Park: Architecture between Nature and Production’, in The Singapore Architect, 2017
‘Living Factories: Creating New Living and Working Spaces´, in URA Urban Lab Ideas, 2016
‘A New Design for DPRK Construction Industry’, in East Asia Forum, June 2014
‘Pop-Up Pyongyang´ in Dongwoo Yim et al, North Korea Atlas (Damdi: Seoul, 2013)
‘Greater Singapore’, MONU, Issue 18,
‘The (non) Architecture of Sustainability’, in Singapore Architects, Issue 274, 2013
‘City of Cores’, in Moinopolis, Vol 0, 2012