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This website consists of a series of reflective thoughts and questions on the challenges faced by a design educator.
Welcome to my site, I am TIA BOON SIM, an Architect by profession but choose to be a rewarding Art and Design Educator.

I'm not insane i'm just falling behind at the rainbow chase
Trying to catch the rainbow tail, holding it tight and not letting it go
Seeing the path I tell myself I'm on the right track again

Starring at the flame I find tranquility, serenity and peace
Capturing the moment I share with you this dark background picture
Yes, you must endure the high temperature and hard work
Yes, you must be willing to get your hands dirtied
Yes, let's forget about generating ideas and getting down to doodling, creating and producing.....

Yes, you cannot sit in the office and talk art, design, architecture and education.

See new pages club street 08 poster08 raku firing 07 watercolour07



Most Current in 2013 - NEW!
Visit urban sketchers to view tia as Singapore's correspondent.
Visit USk-singapore to view Singapore sketchers blog set up by tia.
Visit tiastudio.wordpress to view recent activity in wood firing.
Visit tiastudio.blogspot to view latest sketches, drawings and paintings.

My work
Visit Top of the class and Design excellence to view my architecture.

Visit Exploration Pad to view my paintings.
Visit My workand More visuals to view the art work.
Visit Art4students to view my teaching.

Education & Professional Organisations
B.Arch (Hons) National University of Singapore, 1979
Registered Architect with Board of Architects, Singapore, 1982
Corporate Member of Singapore Institute of Architects, 1982
Higher Education Teaching Accreditation Program, Staff Education Devpt Assoc, UK, 1999
Committee Member of Chinatown Project Committee, Singapore Tourism Board, 1999
Committee Member of IT Committee, Singapore Institute of Architects, 2000
Honorary Member of Society of Interior Designers, Singapore, 2001
Scholarship from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, 2001
Tutor, Saturday Art School, Pratt Institute, New York, 2002
Tutor, High School of Art and Design, New York, 2003
Master of Science in Art and Design Education, Pratt Institute, New York, 2003
Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, 2003
Advisory Board Member to Arts4YoUths, Singapore, 2003
Founding Member of Thow Kwang Clay Artists, Singapore, 2008
Correspondent for Urbansketchers, 2008
Founder of Urbansketchers-Singapore, 2009
Founding Board Director of Urban Sketchers, an international non-profit organisation, 2009
Invited Presenter at First International Urban Sketching Symposium, Portland, USA, 2010
Invited Speaker at Second International Urban Sketching Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011
Designer of National Day First Day Cover, 2011
Featured on "Our Stories", National Day, 2013
Presenter at Fourth International Urban Sketching Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
Presenter at TEDxCity2.0, Singapore, 2013

Exhibitions & Invitations
Guest Critic, Second Year Architecture Studio, National University of Singapore, 1986
Guest Critic, First Year Architecture Studio, National University of Singapore, 1993
Guest Critic, First Year Architecture Studio, National University of Singapore, 1995
40th Anniversary School of Architecture Exhibition, NUS, 1998
Guest Critic, LaSalle SIA, Interior Design Program, 1998
Brave Heart, Staff Exhibition, Temasek Design School, 1999
Mohamed Sultan Exhibition with Architect William Lim, Er Lu Gallery, Singapore, 2001
Tuscany Exhibition, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2001
Guest Critic, Urban Design Studio of James Rossant, Pratt Institute, 2002
Guest Critic, Architecture Sophomore Art Room Project, Pratt Institute, 2002
Guest Critic, Diploma in Interior Design, Singapore Polytechnic, 2003
Guest Speaker, Odyssey Dance Theatre, 2004
Singapore, Korea Art Exchange Exhibition, 2004
Consultant, East Zone Centre of Design Excellence, 2005
Guest Speaker, East Zone Learning Festival, 2005
Dragon Klin Pottery Exhibition, 2005
Asia Pacific Painters & Calligraphers Exchange Art Exhibition, 2006
Guest Speaker, Singapore Art Teachers Association Art Camp, 2006
Consultant, T-G Space Consultant, Shanghai, China, 2006
Guest Lecture, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, 2006
Jalan Bahar Clay Studio Exhibition, 2006
Pure Clay Art Exhibition, Ngee Ann Cultural Center, 2007
Flashpoint#01 - Dragon Kiln Wood Firing Exhibition, 2008
Flashpoint#02 - Dragon Kiln Wood Firing Exhibition, 2009
"Inside-Out:Sketches of Tiong Bahru" - Exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, 2010
"From the Belly of the Dragon" - Dragon Kiln Wood Firing Exhibition, 2011
"Tiong Bahru Revisited" - Exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, 2011
"Urban Sketchers Singapore" - Book Launch cum Exhibition at URA Centre, 2011
"$uper $ingapore $ale" - an contemporary art exhibition at ION Gallery, 2012
"Penang Trip Exhibition" - True Blue Cuisine, 2012
Tutor for "Urban Sketching" course at Singapore University of Technology and Design, SUTD, 2012 & 2013

Selected Private Collections
Exonet, New Zealand & Singapore, 1999
Mr Cheng, Singapore, 2001
Mr Lee, Guangzhou, China, 2004
Ms Nance Chong, Singapore, 2005
Mr Lee Suan Hiang, Singapore, 2006
Mr Charles Yeo, Singapore, 2006
Mr Tan Kay Ngee, Singapore, 2007
Mr Keen Wong, 2008
Mr Boo, Singapore, 2009
Mr Kariyani, Singapore, 2009
Mr Sabini, Singapore, 2009
Ms Teo Huey Ling, 2010
Ms Tan Huan Lian, 2010
Mr Chan Kok Hua, 2011
Mr Wong Toon Jin, 2011
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, 2012

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