|Asst Prof Peter Chen Chia Mien|
School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Phone: (+65)6514 1920
Office: ART 3-10
- MArch Rice University 1995
- BS The University of Michigan 1992
- BS University of Oregon 1988
|Peter is an architect, design educator, sculptor and photographer. Working as an architect since 1995, he has built buildings and provided design consultancy to clients that range from large scale institutional projects to smaller design-intensive work such as urban furniture and boutique buildings. His experience extends beyond the traditional confines of architecture to include furniture, photography, sculpture and urbanism, and all else in between.
As a design educator, he has taught architecture at the National University of Singapore; interior design and photography at LASALLE College of the Arts and most recently, game design and creative processes at Singapore Polytechnic, and is continuing to impart the skills of a designer to the emerging generation at the ADM in the Foundation year. His current work takes him into the realm of conceptual furniture, shelter and sculpture in urban conflict, all which attempt to reveal the ironic disjunction between the idealized aspects of design and its constructed double.
The main research focus stems from the examination of the relationships between space, schema and image and work arises from a desire to capture and reveal the irregularities between lived experience and the schema or intention that created it. It is through the assumption that something always gets lost in the transformative process that we begin to witness the real relationship between abstract representation and the rational construct, and how through translation, interpretation and manifestation, it invariably deviates.
Ongoing research involves the examination of the evolution of the post-industrial cityscape and its influence on national identity and social meaning. Specific attention is paid towards the shift in the understanding and definition of monuments, and the notion of monumentality as it affects our urban perception and cultural drift. Embedded in the study is the hypothesis that architecture is no longer responsible for urban form, and urban form can no longer consolidate shared meaning.
A series of sculptures that explore the notion of tactility in sculptural work and how sculptures have seemed to been relocated from the haptic to the visual realm, and are always now established within a subject-object relationship.
Ongoing professional work that continues to develop a series of architectural portfolios prepared for the various architectural and design firms.
An exploration of the necessity of objects - starts with the design of theoretical furniture that have decided to revolt against the tired expectation of functionality, safety and use.
Research and design for a submersible oxygen constituent analyzer that is able to provide real time biofeedback on the saturated pressure of oxygen content in the bloodstream within current rebreather systems.
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|Current Projects |
- Postcards from the Disposable City: Utilizing the medium of postcards as a heuristic device in retrieving cultural memory of urban landmarks
- Urban Accelerations: Constructing the Theatre of the Metropolis