Yale/National University of Singapore

Program, Master Plan & Campus Design


Hired by Yale University and the National University of Singapore, we were asked to develop a detailed space program and master plan for a new 1,200-student liberal arts college in Singapore, Yale’s first, and to date only, academic venture outside of New Haven. Leading a team of local and US architects and engineers, our role was to develop the space program, master plan, and design/construction documents for the campus core. Located mid-way between the four residential colleges, the core—serves as the intellectual, cultural and recreational hub of the campus and features a performing and visual arts center, library/learning commons, café, recreational hall and a career development center. These facilities, as well as each of the residential colleges, are organized around a series of green spaces and intimate courtyards. Drawing our inspiration from historical Singapore/Southeastern architecture, combined with traditional planning concepts from Yale’s residential colleges, YNC provides students with a liberal arts education contextualized to Southeast Asia in the 21st century.

Project Data

8.7 hectares (21.5 acres)


Associate Architects: Kieran Timberlake, Forum Architects Pte
ESD Environmentally Sustainable Design: Arup Singapore Pte
Civil & Structural Engineer: Meinhardt Pte
Theater Consultant: Arup Singapore Pte
Acoustics/AV/IT: Lighting Planners Associates
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Planners Associates
Landscape Architect: Lekker Design Pte

Program & Highlights

Learning commons
Classrooms & seminar rooms
Visual arts studios
350-seat auditorium
Black-box theater
Music practice & rehearsal rooms
Residential towers
1,200 beds in 4- and 6-person suites
Courtyards with dining & serverys
Fitness center & gymnasium
Masters’ houses
Resident faculty apartments


Alison Griswold, Drew Henderson, "Singapore campus takes shape," Yale Daily News, April 5, 2011

Patrick Barta, "Yale Plans Joint Campus in Singapore," The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2011