World Scientific Publishing is sad to hear of the passing of author and pioneer Singapore architect, Albert Hong. He passed away peacefully at home on Monday, 7 October, aged 84. His passing was reported this morning, by The Straits Times.
He was chairman of RSP Architects Planners and Engineers, the firm behind many iconic buildings in Singapore, and has been a pioneering leader of and contributor to Singapore's built environment. For Dr Hong, success brings obligations, and was known for his philanthropic initiatives and donations to numerous public bodies, to help the underprivileged receive the education they deserve.
Dr Hong was president of the Singapore Institute of Architects from 1973 to 1976 and served as a Housing Board director. He received the Public Service Star award twice, as well as the Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak award for his contributions to Malaysia's development, and the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for forging strong links between Singapore and the British communities. He was named Singapore businessman of the year in 1994. In 2014, Albert Hong was also named the Singapore Institute of Architects' First Patron for his continued efforts in supporting architectural education and the profession.
His life's story is told in his autobiography, Dare to be Different: The Albert Hong Story.