IXA 20

20th Anniversary Commemorative Book: 'Embrace an Odyssey'

Celebrate our 20 years!

Celebrate our 20 years!

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Preview of our book

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Purchase our book!

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Celebrate our 20 years!

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Over the past two decades, we have embarked on a remarkable journey, motivated by our passion for innovative design and commitment to delivering exceptional and personalized services. On the mark of the 20th year, we are proud to present our new book, 'Embrace an Odyssey', a commemorative publication celebrating the 20th anniversary of our architectural practice.

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This book encapsulates our relentless pursuit of design ingenuity, highlighting our journeys, challenges, and triumphs along the way. Divided into two sections titled “Our Practice” and “Our Venture”, this publication encompasses a testament of our transformative journeys throughout the years, both local and regional. “Our Practice” includes an overview of our design methodology, office culture, and accomplished architectural projects. “Our Venture” describes our voyages that transcend beyond the Singapore context, committing to regional projects and philanthropic endeavors that strive to improve lives and leave a lasting imprint in the built world. Within this publication, our character, Ixie, will be guiding you throughout the 240-page journey. Ixie will depict our experiences, inspirations, and perspectives in life through vivid icons, aiming to inspire an adventurous heart. Through illustrating our accumulated knowledge and experiences, we aspire to alleviate the current industry phenomenon of working in isolation, and foster collaboration with fellow practitioners by sharing useful lessons that enrich and nurture practices. The pursuit of an architectural career is a colorful and enriching process. By sharing our journey, we also hope to inspire aspiring designers in their future endeavors. While the compilation largely illustrates the fun and exuberance of the practice, we certainly had encounters with hardships and frustrations. However, it is crucial to understand obstacles as opportunities for growth and improvement, to practice resilience to overcome hurdles, and celebrate the little victories along the way. For the past 20 years, we have firmly upheld our mission of creating meaningful architecture with passion. We hope to instill inspiration and positivity into the readers, and to inspire them to experience the immense enjoyment and sense of fulfillment in an architectural career. Together, let us celebrate the beauties of architecture and wholeheartedly embrace our odysseys to empower people, and enrich lives.

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Purchase your copy today and embark on a journey of discovery that will inspire and enrich your architectural endeavors for years to come.

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MINDSET OF A DESIGNER 1 | WE VALUE GOOD DESIGN A good design is valuable. This is the fundamental mindset we need to have as a designer. A fine design solves a problem while a captivating design is inspirational to many, leaving positive impressions for generations to come. This is the constant motivation and driving force of our work. We do not just draw lines; we visualise a dream for our end users. Our lines extend beyond a piece of drawing. From the drawing board to reality, they evolve into furniture, layouts, spaces and memories. It is an innovative creation that brings meaning to a space and becomes a realm that enhances someone’s well-being. We do not just want to create functional spaces; we aim to inspire and value-add to lives. To facilitate the incubation of good design at IXA, our open studio culture encourages spontaneous conversation between all designers to bounce ideas off each other. It is a stimulating environment to conceive ideas and experiment designs. It is a place where we openly critique each other through critical thinking and questioning. Our Principal Architect’s regular in-person review of our designs is a valuable form of mentorship for the young designers. This is a rare culture in our industry as there may be little to dialogue between the new staff and principal architect. 2 | WE ARE PROFESSIONAL We are professionals who uphold high standards in both our designs and services. With this mentality, we do not settle for mediocre work. As dedicated professionals, we prioritise getting tasks done conscientiously. Discipline is also the attitude that gets us through hard times when we feel beaten and battered by our challenges in a project. Discipline is what gets our projects accomplished no matter what comes our way. We believe in good time management for timely project delivery. This is achieved by setting targets, keeping tabs on all the tasks we need to do to make our design happen. Being an architect is akin to doing a marathon. With our eyes on the prize and knowing that we have many battles to fight, we pace ourselves by making plans and sticking through with them. We have the culture of inculcating the good habit of making plans. Making plans consistently also helps declutter our minds amidst the chaos. Essentially, we wish to develop effective individuals who are self-driven and capable of handling an assignment independently. By combining conscientiousness and discipline, we aim to achieve clarity and completeness in our design works as a professional architect. 3 | WE CAN DO IT We believe we can do it! A design process is demanding. The journey to the eventual result is often filled with frustration and disappointment. A designer needs that grit and stamina to fight on. Grit is a blend of perseverance and passion. It is a strength we continuously build in this profession. The truth is things will not get easier but we can become stronger and wiser to conquer our challenges. If we do not have faith in ourselves, we will definitely not make it through. We would already have failed before the race started. We are not fearful of the rigorous design process which involves planning, reviewing, correcting, refining and eventually clearing it. A good job brings us a great sense of pride. A tough experience molds us into a stronger person. An excellent creation uplifts the human spirit! Projects do not get easier, but we can grow stronger to overcome every obstacle that comes our way. It is all about the mindset! 10 LESSONS FOR DESIGNERS 1. GOOD DESIGN MATTERS What we design can leave a great impact on the life or experience of someone inhabiting the built environment. As a designer, we are not just translating the client’s idea into a drawing. Besides meeting the brief, we also have to constantly do a self-critique of our own ideas and design so that each iteration can be better than the previous one. 2. MINDSET IS EVERYTHING It may appear daunting having to learn and master so many skills in order to survive and thrive in architecture. However, the good news is that it is all about the attitude and mindset. Believe in yourself that these are all achievable and take pride in every small achievement. With practice, you will be able to see the good out of every situation and grow from it! 3. CHANGES VS IMPROVEMENTS Improvements are necessary in our pursuit of good design. This is part and parcel of finding the best possible solution to a problem or requirement in the design brief. As making design amendments arising from client’s requests or site constraints are often inevitable, it helps to put on a more positive pair of lens by seeing it as making an improvement rather than making “yet another change”. 4. CLARITY Set high expectations of your own work in terms of clarity. We are constantly required to translate drawings into instructions, be it for fellow consultants or the contractor. Having clear and complete drawings will ease the process of getting things done and achieving your desired outcome on site. 5. HEALTHY TIME MANAGEMENT We can only achieve our desired outcomes when we meet all the objectives in the lead up to a project delivery. Healthy time management is achieved through early planning, setting targets and ensuring thorough follow-up with every task. Setting targets and meeting them prevent snowballing of undone tasks that are left unresolved, which can exacerbate week after week, potentially causing project delays. 6. BE PROFESSIONAL To be professional, we have to maintain a high standard of work at all times. We must be equipped with the right knowledge when our client, consultants and contractor look for us for a solution. Being professional also demonstrates that we can never be too young to be capable. 7. GRIT Grit is a combination of perseverance and passion. This is a strength you need to build up if you want to be an architect, regardless of which practice you are in. Grit is choosing to pick yourself up and moving on when you meet obstacles, actively taking steps to mitigate issues and knowing that you can and will manage better the next time. 8. WORK EFFECTIVELY The quicker we generate ideas, the more value we bring to the design. Keep in mind that in the early phases of the project, it is important to generate more ideas than to perfect them. Also, focus on coming up with distinct ideas rather than variations. Do not be afraid of ‘stupid’ ideas as they are part of a developing thought process before finally arriving at the best solution on the table. 9. DESIGN COMPETENCY Design competency is important to delivering good design. Going to architecture school does not automatically make us good designers. To nurture design competency, we have to undergo constant practice. Being critical of designs, both yours and others, is vital. Maintaining curiosity about our surroundings also enriches our design perspective. 10. DISCIPLINE Discipline is the bridge between our goals and our accomplishments. Discipline ensures accountability to ourselves and our projects. Discipline is also the highest form of self-care so that we do not stay in a cycle of recurring burnout. 3D PRINT By employing our personal 3D printer, we can rapidly and cost-effectively prototype our designs. This capability enables us to assess the efficacy of our concepts on a small scale, including detailed study models, intricate geometries, and massing studies. The tangible representation of virtual design ideas enhances our ability to refine iterations and ensures the final product meets performance criteria such as lighting and ventilation. Additionally, 3D printing supports the creation of innovative and intricate designs that might be challenging to produce using traditional cutting methods. The easy accessibility to this technology empowers us to generate endless possibilities of designs and complex geometries. LASER CUT By leveraging the versatile capabilities of laser cutting, we are able to achieve remarkable precision in material cutting. This tool is exceptionally useful for designs that demand intricate detailing, allowing for complex patterns, perforations and engravings on materials like cardboard, balsa wood and acrylic to be achieved. The precision of laser cutting technology offers new opportunities for diverse mock-ups, including cut-out modules, intricate decorations, and precise small-scale models. The efficiency of laser cutting significantly reduces fabrication time, enabling us to generate numerous design iterations within a short timeframe. SCALED MODEL In the design’s initial stages, despite prevalent BIM tools, creating scaled models remain crucial. These models offer a tangible understanding of building massing in relation to human scale, capturing proportions that are not fully conveyed digitally. In addition, scaled models enable swift testing of design options, allowing our intuition to reveal subtleties that have not surfaced in the digital realm. Our office encourages working with physical models as they provide a quick, flexible way to experiment with massing configurations, helping us identify effective and aesthetically pleasing solutions. MOCKUP Building mockups in our office is a crucial step in our design process as we believe that designing with the end-user in mind is the fundamental practice in the architectural industry. This can lead to adjustments that enhance usability, comfort and overall satisfaction. This physical simulation helps in understanding how people will interact with and move through the space. It allows us to identify any issues related to scale and proportion that might not be apparent in a virtual environment. Furthermore, mockups allow us to test and evaluate materials in a physical context. This includes the look and feel of surfaces, textures, and finishes. Understanding how different materials respond to light and interact with each other can influence material selection for the final design. Despite the sophistication of our BIM model, engaging with a physical model always holds the possibility of uncovering unforeseen insights.
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