Architect & Artist

Creative Collaborator

Franklin Po / Tierra Design Studio Pte. Ltd, Chairman
Creative Collaborator / Architect, Landscape Architect
Creative Collaborator
Professional Qualification Registered Architect, California No. C13033
Registered Architect, Singapore No. 2035
Singapore Institute of Architects No. C1347
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architect – Member

When I look back these past forty years, first as an architect in Los Angeles and then as an architect and landscape architect in Singapore, I consider how fortunate I was to return to the country of my birth in 1993.

Lee Kuan Yew’s vision for Singapore to become “The City in a Garden” as part of his nation building mandate coincided not only with my personal belief about integrative design and the preservation of biodiversity, but also with my joining Tierra in 1995; a small landscape firm. Little did I realise then that this was the beginning of a journey of opportunities I could never have imagined and for which I remain grateful. Tierra has had great support from many people for twenty-five years – from clients who value what we achieve for their projects, to our talented partners, and colleagues of like-minded designers in allied fields who provide collaborative expertise to make Tierra what it is today.

For me, the greatest challenge are the effects of global warming and how as designers we must own responsibility for more thoughtful solutions to environmental design. At Tierra, we have devised a set of principles that we call RIGBY which incorporates practical, sustainable and resilient design strategies into all of our projects. For our multi-disciplinary team of Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners at Tierra, this is our commitment and responsibility with every project that we undertake.

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After graduating with a Masters in Architecture from the University of California (UCLA) in 1973, for the next twenty years, Franklin Po worked for several architectural practices in Los Angeles. These were Matthews & Associates, Bridges Troller & Hazlett, Carl Maston Architects, Dworsky Associates, Maxwell Starkman Associates, Togawa Smith Architects, Architechnics and Po Thogmartin Architects. In 1995, Franklin joined Tierra Design; a small landscape firm based in Singapore. Over the next twenty-five years and now Chairman and Creative Director, Tierra Design has earned a respected reputation for its innovative approach to landscape design. Franklin is also the Chairman of Tierra’s sister company Tierra Design Studio. This multidisciplinary practice includes Architects, Planners and an Ecologist. In 2015, Franklin was honored with the President’s Design Award which is the highest honour awarded to Designers in Singapore.

Business Experience: 25 years (as of Sept 2020)

2018: President’s Design Award, Design of the Year, The Tembusu
2018: Yuan Ye Award, Gold Award, Marina East Desalination Plant
2018: Yuan Ye Award, Gold Award, The Tembusu
2018: Yuan Ye Award, Top Award, The Orchid
2017: SILA Awards, Silver Award, Shangri-La Orchid Pavilion
2017: SIA Architectural Design Awards, Honourable Mention, The Tembusu
2015: President’s Design Award, Designer of The Year
2015: Skyrise Greenery Awards, Excellence Award, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
2015: NParks Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF), Outstanding Project, PARKROYAL on Pickering
2014: SIA Architectural Design Awards, Greenscape (Landscape, Parks and Park Connectors), Zhongshan Park
2013: Guinness World Record, Skyrise Excellence Greenery Award, Ocean Financial Centre
2011: LIAS Awards of Excellence, The Orchard Residences
2011: Skyrise Greenery Awards, Cecil Street
2009: ASLA, Honor Award, Changi Airport Terminal 3 Interior Landscape
2007: Terminal 3 Green Tapestry - Award of Merit SILA
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