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Dr Joo Bay

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Humanities
School of Built Environment
Bentley Campus
+61 8 9266 2715

Brief Summary

Upcoming book: Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability Edited by Joo Hwa Philip Bay and Steffen Lehmann, London: Routledge

Adj Assoc Professor, spervising PhD and collaborating in research, Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute

Sustainable Research Theme Leader, collaborating in research, School of Built Environment

Master in Architecture Final Year Coordinator; and Course Coordinator Online Learning, Architecture and Interior Architecture Department

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Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) BAY has been practicing in architecture and urban design since 1986. He has been a company director of a large practice and has designed and completed about half a billion dollars of projects. He was a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects, and has won several design awards. He received his PhD in Technische Universiteit Delft (TUDelft), in the Netherlands, on design thinking in environmental architecture. He researched and taught at the National University of Singapore 1997-2006 and the University of Western Australia 2007-2013. One of his design research consultancies was to advise the Singapore JTC Corporation on new urban housing for a 35,000 expatriate population at the ‘new economy’ hub called “one north”.

He currently runs a practice in Australia, supervises PhD studies as an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Curtin University Sustainable Policy (CUSP) Institute, and also teaches at the School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia. One of the designs in Perth is a 5-6 Green Star office building.

His published works include Contemporary Singapore Architecture; Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture Vol.3; Cognitive Biases in Design: the Case of Tropical Architecture; and ‘Three tropical paradigms’ in Tropical Architecture, Wiley Academy 2001; Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Social and Environmental Dimensions, Architectural Press, London, 2006; and Towards a Fourth Ecology, Journal of Green Building.

He chaired the International Network for Tropical Architecture (iNTA) from 2004-2009, and has been invited to speak in many international conferences and seminars in Florida, Costa Rica, Holland, Pakistan, Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. He is on the editorial boards for two journals, and has been referee and advisor to major conferences, member of jury for design competitions, reviewer of journal papers, and examiner of PhD dissertations for the National University of Singapore, Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Melbourne. 

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Reviewer of Israel Science Foundation for an Individual Research Grant (similar to the Australian Research Council).
Speaker – Australian Institute of Architects Professional Development Talk on Density and Sustainability, March 2013
Guest Editor for mdpi upcoming Special Journal Issue on Density, Community and Sustainability, 2013-4;
Convener of the International Teleconference on Sustainable Tropical Developments among the National University of Singapore, Queensland University of Technology and University of Fort Lauderdale, at NUS Dec 2012;
Specialist Register – LandCorp Western Australia
Member of Editorial Board – Sustainability, MDPI Open Access Journal, Switzerland; (among the board member are Nobel Prize Winners);
Member of Editorial Board – Network for Tropical Architecture, Instituto de Arquitectura Tropical (ITA), sponsored by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture & Development of the Netherlands, since 2005;
Workshop Leader & Public Speaker – Density and Sustainability, University of Fort Lauderdale, March 2011
Chairman – International Network for Tropical Architecture, 2004-2009;  
International Associate – Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Organisation, since 2004;
International Advisor and Mentor – University of NSW, Design Studio on Post-Tsunami Community Development Support, 2005;
Jury Member – Singapore Institute of Architects Façade Design Competition, 2006;
Journal Review Panel – International Journal of Architectural Computing, IJAC 2004;
Scientific Referee of International Conferences Papers

  • SiA-INTA Conference, Singapore-Malaysia, NUS 2015
  • SB2011 Helsinki, Sustainable Building Conference
  • Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) International Conferences – 2008 Dublin; 2007 Singapore; 2006 Switzerland; 2004 Netherlands
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 'Sustainability - On the Urban Scale' at the 96th ACSA Meeting and Conference, Houston, Texas, 27-30 March 2008
  • The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) 2009 International Conference, ‘Sustainable Development 09’, 3-5 Nov 2009, at the Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya

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Research Interests

Sustainable Architecture: Social and Environmental Dimensions;

Density, Community and Environmental Sustainability; Compact City

Poetics of Social-Ecological Architecture;

Tropical Sustainable Architecture and Critical Regionalism;

Cognitive and Digital Knowledge Systems for Creative Design Thinking

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Additional Information

Selected Publications

Bay, J. H. and S. Lehmann (eds.) 2016 upcoming book, Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability, Book Series on Sustainable Design, Routledge: UK.

Bay, J. H. 2014. Preface, in ‘Low Carbon Cities. Transforming Urban Systems’, edited by Steffen Lehmann, Book Series on Sustainable Design, Routledge: UK.

Bay, J. H. 2011. Social and Environmental Dimensions in ‘Ecologically’ Sustainable Design: Towards A Methodology of Ranking Levels of Social Interactions in Semi-open and Open Spaces in Dense Residential Environments in Singapore. Subtropical Cities 2011, Subtropical Urbanism Beyond Climate Change, International Conference, 8-10 March 2011, Fort Lauderdale University, Florida.

Bay, J. H. 2010. Towards a Fourth Ecology: Social and Environmental Sustainability with Architecture and Urban Design, in Journal of Green Building, Vol. 5 No. 4. USA: College Publishing.

Bay, Joo-Hwa. 2008. Architecture of place and cognitive biases, in Meaningful Environments, Architectural Precedents and the Question of Identity in Creative Design, edited by Ali Guney and K. Moraes Zarzar, The Netherlands: TUDelft

Wang, N., and J. H. Bay. 2008. Precedent design knowledge structure, in Meaningful Environments, Architectural Precedents and the Question of Identity in Creative Design, edited by Ali Guney and K. Moraes Zarzar, The Netherlands: TUDelft

Bay, J. H., and B. L. Ong (eds.). 2006. Tropical sustainable architecture: Social and environmental dimensions. London: Architectural Press, Elsevier. (Internationally reviewed and cited.)

Bay, Joo-Hwa. 2004. Sustainable community and environment in tropical Singapore high-rise housing: The case of Bedok Court condominium. Architectural Research Quarterly (arq), Linking practice and research, Volume 8, Numbers 3/4. London: Cambridge University Press.

Bay, Joo-Hwa. 2004. Socio-climatic design in the sky. In Proceedings of PLEA 2004, The 21th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, September 2004, edited by Eindhoven University, The Netherlands.

Bay, J. H. 2003. Making rebuttals available digitally for minimising biases in mental judgements (in environmental design). In Proceedings of CAAD Future 2003 International Conference, edited by National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, May 2003.

Bay, Joo-Hwa. 2002d. Singapore high-rise with traditional qualities. In Nova Terra, Vol. 2, No. 4, Dec 2002. Journal of Urban Planning and Design. The Netherlands: Nova Terra.

Bay, J. H. 2001b. Cognitive biases in design: The case of Tropical Architecture. 266 pp. Interdisciplinary research and doctoral dissertation. Book funded and published by the Design Knowledge System Research Centre, Faculteit Bouwkunde, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands.

Bay, J. H. 2001a. Tropical Design Paradigms. In Tropical architecture: Critical Regionalism in the age of globalization, edited by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre and Bruno Stagno, pp.229-265. London: Wiley-Academy. (Book sponsored by Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Netherlands.)

Bay, J. H. 2000b. An Introduction to architectural practices in Singapore. Editorial section, in Chinese, in World Architecture, Vol. 115, 01/2000: 36-41. Special issue on Singapore Architecture. China: Tsinghua University.

Bay, J. H. 2000a. Design for high-rise high-density living: The tropical streets in the sky. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Quality of Life in Cities - 21st Century QOL, March 2000, Westin Hotel, Singapore, edited by ICQOLC Committee, Building & Real Estate Department, National University of Singapore.

Bay, J. H., and M. Tan (eds.). 2000. Proceedings of the 2nd NUS-SIA roundtable on architectural education: A vision for Asian Architecture. Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. 50 pp.

Bay, J. H. 1998c. Possible Obstacles in Environmental Design. In Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture, Vol. 3, 1, September 1998: 51-55. Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. International refereed journal.

Bay, J. H., C. K. Ang, and P. Chen (eds.). 1998. Contemporary Singapore Architecture: 1960’s to 1990’s. Singapore: Singapore Institute of Architects, 304 pp. (Forwarded by the President of Singapore and launched by the Minister of National Development.)

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