Tan Hock Beng graduated from the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours). He was awarded the Singapore Institute of Architects Medal in 1989, and has been involved in many competition-winning projects for a diverse range of building types globally. From 1992 to 1996, Tan lectured at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He specialises in the study of tropical design, and researches on the issues of tourism and resort planning in Asia. Tan is deeply committed to the study of traditions and cultures of Southeast Asia, and is particularly interested in how these relate to contemporary practices. Tan lectures widely throughout the world, including Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto; Waseda University, Tokyo; Institute of Tropical Architecture, Costa Rica; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia; Institute of Architects, Malaysia (Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Tunis, Tunisia. An architecture critic for several design periodicals and newspapers, he has published extensively in international architecture journals, including The Architecture Review, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, The Interior, Architecture Australia and A+U. He is also a regular contributor to The Straits He has served on the Design Advisory Panel of the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore, for its Orchard Road Masterplan as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for LaSalle-SIA School of the Arts' Interior Architecture Department. He was also the External Examiner for its Diploma Course. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Tropical Architecture, Costa Rica. His works have been exhibited in many cities including Tokyo, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the prestigious 9th Exhibition of Art and Architecture at the Biennale de Venezia in Venice, 2004.