JUROR 2020

Dr Hossein Rezai

Jury Vice-Chair of Design Panel

Director, Web Structures Pte Ltd;
PDA 2016 Recipient
Singapore

Dr. Rezai is an engineer, a design visionary and an educator. One of the initiators of the concept of “fusion engineering", he is the first and only engineer to receive the coveted title of “Designer of the Year” from the President of Singapore. He is very passionate about the process of advanced computational design, and a holistic approach to architecture + structure + environment. Dr Rezai’s high-profile contributions to industry discourse include his recent involvement on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s Master Jury, and as a jury member for the Singapore President*s Design Award (2017 - 2018).

Dr Rezai is founding Director of Web Structures and Web Earth. His latest initiative, Milan Research Lab aims to redefine the collaborative nature of designers working with machines to overcome the compound challenges faced by the building industries, and the environments within which they are deployed.

Dr. Rezai lectures extensively, and covers ongoing crit and consultation in various architectural schools. His research and academic career goes all the way back to when he was a research fellow at the University of Westminster. He conducted a number of research initiatives and supervised projects including a PhD on punching shear reinforcement in flat slabs. This work led to various publications in international magazines including the Structural Engineer and the American Concrete Institute. His academic career continues today with involvement with the National University of Singapore and more recently the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Dr Rezai is a proponent of high-rise and dense urban development, with emphasis on innovative structural systems for tall, supertall and mega tall structures.