Nirmal Kishnani

Nirmal Kishnani

Dr Nirmal Kishnani is an Associate Professor at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He is the force behind several platforms on sustainable design in Asia. FuturArc magazine, where he is editor-in-chief, is a bimonthly glimpse of Green in action. FuturArc Prize and Green Leadership Award, two competitions that he chairs, probe the future of design. Dr Kishnani’s early interest in the occupant-building interface led to position on how architecture affects human well-being. In 2002 he founded Asia’s first Green consulting unit where this goal was actualised through a biophilic approach in projects such as the retrofit of the Asian Development Bank (Manila) Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Gardens by the Bay (Singapore). Since 2007 Dr Kishnani has sought to bridge education and practice. His book, Greening Asia, eschews checklists and instead asks what might be a vocabulary for sustainable design, one that is embedded in ecology and wellness His recent research traces the objectives and impact of two biophilic projects in Singapore. Dr Kishnani has sat on advisory panels in China, Singapore and Vietnam, targeting policy and design guidelines. In 2015 he was picked by a leading magazine as one of ‘50 most influential in Singapore design’.

Paramit Factory: A Case Study in Industrial Biophilic Design

May 9, 2018

The Paramit Factory by Design Unit Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, challenges the industrial typology that is too often mired in questions of functionality and cost. John Bulcock, the principal architect, is best known for tropical houses, noteworthy for unfinished concrete walls and playful inventiveness with climate. Daylight, greenery and vistas were key considerations from the start.…

Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital: Biophilic Design in Action

September 8, 2017

Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) might well be the most biophilic hospital in Asia. In no other healthcare institution of this scale are elements of form, space and landscape so explicitly tied to the goal of human well-being—the very definition of biophilic design. The KTPH competition brief, from the onset, asked that the new…