For an architect well known for his attention to detail, smart phones are a godsend for Soo Chan
The Singapore-based 53-year-old uses an app on his mobile phone to keep a close eye on his various projects around the world, such as a new luxury apartment building in New York.
“When I’m in Singapore there’s a 12-hour time difference [with New York], so before I go to bed at night, I check on it through this app,” says Mr Chan.
The app connects to video cameras, which give him a real time view of construction work.
He adds: “I can even zoom in and look closely at the welding.”
The founder and design director of Singapore-based SCDA Architects, Mr Chan has over the past 20 years built up a business that today employs more than 100 architects and designers.
Its past projects around the world range from luxury hotel resorts in Bali and the Caribbean, the National Design Centre in Singapore, a shopping centre in Beijing, a government building in New Delhi, to private houses from France to Malaysia.
It is quite an achievement for an architect who built the company without the need for outside investors, after starting out with just five members of staff. […]