Dr. To Kien

Dr. To Kien

Senior Lecturer

A Senior Researcher, Educator and Practitioner in Sustainable Urban Planning, Urban Design and Architecture, with 20+ year research-teaching-practice track at various international universities and companies, focusing on emergent Asian cities. A creative thinker, problem solver, social activist and change agent, who can work efficiently both in team and individually. Taught various modules, coordinated courses, conducted a vast portfolio of academic and action research toward implementation, and gained empirical knowledge through extensive fieldwork, interaction and collaboration with communities towards sustainability. Led a number of researches and quality publications, and delivered talks at numerous international venues. Won various grants, fellowships and awards, co-founded groups and co-lead them efficiently. Well connected in the Asian region as well as globally.



  • History of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Urban anthropoly: How to fosster civic engagement
  • Architecture StudioLab 2: commercial building
  • Landscape Design StudioLab
  • Smart Urban Design StudioLab
  • Architecture StudioLab 1
  • Advanced International Urban Development
  • Theory of Urban Structure

Academic and Research Profile

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) (2016-2017)
  • Senior Research Scientist, SUTD (2011-2016)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kyushu University (2009 -2011)
  • Guest Associate Professor and Course Coordinator, Kyushu University (2009)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Guest Scholar, Kumamoto University, Japan (2008)
  • PhD of Architecture, Kumamoto University, Japan (2008)
  • Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Berlin-Weissensee Arts Academy (KHB), Germany (2000)
  • Bachelor of Architecture and Planning, National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam (1996)

International Experiences

  • Senior Planner & Project Manager, Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc. (EJEC) (2017-now)


  • Asian Townscape Award (for Tam Thanh Community Art Village, as Project Co-director) (2017)
  • Humanitarian Award (Student Achievement, as Co-mentor), HCM Community Design, by SUTD (2016)
  • Second Runner-up - Create4good Challenge (as Co-mentor) (, SMU-SUTD) (2016)
  • Best Paper of Session and Best Presentation of Session Awards,at the First ISHED International Conference, Tongji University, China (2012)
  • Excellent Social Contribution Award by Vietnamese Embassy in Japan (2011)
  • Excellent Social Contribution Award by Vietnamese Embassy in Germany (1998)
  • VIFOTEC Technical Invention Award by Vietnamese Government (1996)

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