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Architecture Cartoons

Commentaries, complaints and comics by the early students of Singapore's first architecture school

In 1958, the first architecture school in the country opened in Singapore Polytechnic. Its early students were outspoken and very active, so much so that the formed a Singapore Polytechnic Architectural Society within six months of joining the school.

They expressed their views in a variety of outlets. One distinct form was through a series of cartoons which were first published in the student section of RUMAH, the journal of the Society of Malayan Architects. They were later also printed in DIMENSIONS, the annual journal of the Singapore Polytechnic Architectural Society.

The cartoons were visual commentaries on architecture in Singapore, and give an insight into the debates, issues and even prejudices of the profession in the 1950s and 1960s. They also offered glimpses of student lives as well as issues with personnel and curriculum in a nascent architecture school.


  • In Their Own Words: Pioneer Architects of Singapore (2019). Singapore: National University of Singapore.