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Senior Associate Director Bernard Tay

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We’ve established an understanding that we can and must always be extremely critical of our design ideas to help realise our design potential.

Describing the fundamentals of design as “purposeful, thoughtful, hopeful, beautiful and wonderful”, Mr Bernard Tay believes that design excellence is the ability to strike a balance between the pragmatic and poetic when creating a design product.

With over ten years of experience in the industry, Bernard's key portfolio comprises mixed-use developments and residential apartments in Singapore and Indonesia. Incorporating his design philosophy into his projects, they possess both form and function. Alexandra Central is a prime example with its balance of practical architectural form with a sinuous, elegant façade.

He was also instrumental to the design and completion of Senayan City in Jakarta, which helped to establish DPA’s presence in the country. Today, some of his major projects in the region include Kemang Village, The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung and Central Park Jakarta.

A key facilitator in the Design Department in 2008, he was tasked with raising the design standard in the firm. Bernard advocates that architects must always be driven to do better while acquiring the wisdom to know when their designs are good.

An active leader among his peers, Bernard was nominated as the inaugural President of DP Recreation Club, a body dedicated to the organisation of company-wide events and recreational activities for the welfare of DP employees.