Article | Interview with Charu Kokate: Designing for Community


In a recent feature from ArchDaily, Safdie Architects Senior Partner, Charu Kokate, was interviewed following the opening of the Surbana Jurong Campus in Singapore. Kokate shares how the practice’s guiding principles of buildability and working in harmony with nature informed the design process behind Surbana Jurong's new headquarters, and she reflects on how these principles are inherent in Safdie Architects projects across geography, typology, and scale. Article available on ArchDaily or via PDF download

“It's not just about acknowledgment. Good buildings can be acknowledged, but really successful projects are the ones that are accepted by the community. And the only way this works is to go beyond the client brief and build an opportunity for the public to feel pride in a building. We don't work in isolation. Buildings do not exist by themselves. They exist in neighborhoods.” 

– Charu Kokate, Senior Partner

Published in Media on April 12, 2024