Belinda studied Architecture at the National University of Singapore and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies in 1989 and in 1992 she completed her Diploma in Architecture at Bartlett, UK. In her Board of Architect Professional Practice Examination in 1996, Belinda was awarded a merit award for being the top scorer.
With over 20 years of experience Belinda has been involved in a wide variety of projects both regional and international ranging from small luxury homes, high density housing and resorts to large scale townships, hotels, commercial complexes and skyscrapers. In 1998, Belinda co-founded ARC Studio with her husband Khoo Peng Beng. ARC Studio a Singapore based firm, has gained a reputation for their innovative works.
In her design, Belinda consciously avoids accesses and any stylistic reference, preferring instead to focus strongly on the design process to produce projects which are both pragmatic and aesthetically pleasing. She is currently involved in delivery several projects of varying scales and complexity in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Belinda is extremely interested in the human dimension of architecture. She believes that good architecture can inspire, touch and even transform human lives. Her humanistic approach brings a sensitivity to her designs that promotes a greater sense of belonging, meaning and joy. Her most celebrated work to date, the Pinnacle@Duxton demonstrates how her keen sense of detail and meticulous process with seemingly effortless ease.
Recognized around the world as a liveable example of High Rise High Density living, the Pinnacle@Duxton has received prestigious awards ranging from CTBUH Best Tall Building in Asia Australasia, WAF Best Residential Building in the world, FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence Awards, ULI Awards for Excellent 2010 and the highest award in Singapore, the President Design Award.
Belinda is constantly developing her knowledge and ideas on the social and emotional needs of people and architecture. She is interested in how she can design an inclusive society where young, old and people of all abilities can live together with purpose and meaning.
She is deeply interested in education and serves on the Board of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and was also on the Board of the Cannosians Schools. In 2010, she co-curated Singapore’s contribution to the 2010 Venice Biennale 1000 Singapores : A model of the compact city with National University of Singapore that was extremely well received. The exhibition made the bold statement that 1000 Singapores can house the entire world’s population on 0.5% of Earth’s land area. The exhibition made headlines all over the world on opening day and has continued to influence the world on Singapores’ model of Compact planning.
Belinda’s philosophy of a virtues driven practice continues to inform her work. And she hopes to deliver a higher degree of sensitivity of the human dimension to all the projects she is involved in.