Mr Liu Thai Ker is an architect-planner. He is currently a senior director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd., a consultancy firm which he joined in 1992. RSP is a multi-national firm with offices in 16 cities and projects in 22 countries. In addition to architecture projects in Singapore, Mr Liu has also been invited to provide both architecture and urban planning services in around 40 cities outside Singapore. Among these city planning projects, the sizes range from a few hundred thousand people to 12 million people. As an architect, Mr Liu has also been involved in many prestigious projects both inside Singapore and in overseas cities. He has been concurrently the founding chairman of the advisory board of Centre for Liveable Cities, since 2008. The Centre for Liveable Cities is a knowledge hub created under the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, focusing on urban development related issues.
Mr Liu is often described as the father of city planning in Singapore. This accolade is a recognition for his 24 years’ of service in the Singapore government; first, as chief architect and CEO of The Housing and Development Board (HDB); later as chief planner and CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA). In the cultural arena, Mr Liu served as chairman of the National Arts Council and chairman of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. In the field of architectural education he served as the chairman of advisory committee for the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Additionally, he has been appointed adjunct professor of the School of Design & Environment and of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as well as the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.