Dr Liu Thai-Ker is an architect-planner. He is the founding chairman of Morrow Architects & Planners Pte Ltd, since 2017. Before setting up his own firm, Dr Liu was the senior director for 25 years at RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd., a multidisciplinary consultancy firm which he joined in 1992. In addition to architecture projects in Singapore, Dr Liu has also been invited to provide urban planning services in over 50 cities outside Singapore. The sizes of these cities range in size from a few hundred thousand people to 12 million people.
Dr Liu has been concurrently the founding chairman of the advisory board of Centre for Liveable Cities, since 2008. The Centre is a knowledge hub created under the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
Dr 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) where he saw the completion of over half a million dwelling units; later as chief planner and CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA), which he spearheaded the major revision of the Singapore Concept Plan 1991.
Fluently bilingual in both English and Mandarin, Liu served as a planning advisor to various municipal governments in China, and was conferred the Honorary Citizen of Fuzhou Award by the Fujian district for his contributions. As chairman of the National Arts Council from 1996 to 2005, Liu made his mark in developing a “Concept Plan” for the arts, particularly in promoting local arts and encouraging film making. Under his strategic leadership, the council successfully implemented the recommendations of the 2000 Renaissance City Report, such as the development of the Singapore Writers’ Festival and Singapore Biennale, and other significant programs.