We respond to today’s complex urban challenges by treating each project as a chance to intervene in the contingencies of urban life shaped by evolving socio-political conditions.

Interweaving inquiry, advocacy and creation, we approach the built environment through the agency of research, while practically structuring our design process with diplomacy and engagement.

Based in Singapore, we operate in the most socially and politically challenging parts of Asia. From building trust on the Korean Peninsula through workshops and exhibitions to designing middle income housing for a rapidly urbanising Myanmar.

As we uncover the embedded needs of urban environments and postulate their futures, we design systems, spaces and objects that sensitively mediate across cultures and scales.

From standalone infrastructures to expansive masterplans, we shape unique experiences and unexpected moments. We balance multiple scales in tandem as we scope comprehensive strategies for the urban environment, while simultaneously developing solutions for resilient everyday spaces.

Across our diverse interventions, we maintain attentiveness to detail, geometry and perception to craft simple forms that subtly impact patterns of experience and use.

Amidst uncertain future, we answer society’s big questions by balancing the urban goals of liveability, productivity and resilience alongside the nuances of rhythm, playfulness and serendipity.

For project and media enquiries 
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Contact
info@anatomy.sg
@anatomy.sg

Address
4B Lorong 32 Geylang
Singapore 398267



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Biography:


Founded in 2016, Spatial Anatomy is led by Calvin Chua, a UK registered architect, working at the intersection of design, planning and advocacy. Recognised for his critical approach towards practice, Calvin was longlisted for the 2020 Royal Academy of Arts Dorfman Award.

In parallel to running the practice, Calvin serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Calvin is also recognised as one of the leading voices on inter-Korea issues. Leading ground-breaking education programs in the DPRK over the past 10 years, Calvin’s expert opinions are covered widely in various news media, including CNN, New York Times, Monocle, Reuters, etc.

Prior to founding Spatial Anatomy, Calvin worked with Cecil Balmond in London and Fundacion Metropoli in Madrid. Under Fundacion Metropoli, Calvin advised policy makers and local governments on innovation and the development of cities in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Calvin has also consulted for the Asian Development Bank.

A registered architect in the United Kingdom, Calvin graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.




Current and Past Team:


Aurelia Chan, Fadhilah Nordin, Yunqing Chew, Jeff Neo, Ariel Lim, Gabi Quek, Chiew Jiahui, Darren Ho, Chloe Liang, Janani Sundaram, Shao Xuan Tan, Lisa Koswara, Pavithra Muthu, Porndee Chua, Junwei Mok, Sam Tang, Denise Lee, Inez Ow, Wei Lin Tan, Jiehao Lau, Zhi Ning Lou



Selected Clients:


Singapore Airlines, Design Singapore Council, Public Utilities Board, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Yangon City Development Committee, Choson Exchange, Ascendas-Singbridge, Certis Cisco, Modalku, British Council


Selected Media Coverage:


Reuters, CNN, Monocle, AFP, Dezeen, Cubes Magazine, Straits Times, Pengpai, Deutsche Welle


Exhibitions:


2021 (forthcoming)
'Future School' in Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2019
'Social Strata' in Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, Korea

2017
‘Pyongyang Sallim’ in Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, Korea

2015
‘State of Exception’ in Flaneur Gallery, Singapore

2013
‘Courtyard(s)’ in Old Doha Prize Exhibition, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar


Lectures:


2019
'Productive Peripheries' in Seoul Biennale Global Studios, DDP, Seoul, Korea.

2019
'Engaging North Korea' in RIBA Talks, Singapore

2017
‘Everyday Monuments’ in Discipline the City, Substation, Singapore

2017
‘Who Owns the City’ in Cities for People Public Summit, NTU CCA, Singapore

2016
‘Greater Male Development’ in ADB Workshop, Male, Maldives