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10 JUL 2019

RICS Awards 2019 Southeast Asia celebrate professionalism and innovation

14 trailblazers beat out over 70 nominations to take home the highest honours at the inaugural RICS Awards 2019 Southeast Asia. The awards highlight industry exemplars and best-in-class solutions that drive professionalism and excellence in the industry.

The RICS Awards showcase the most transformational individuals and initiatives in the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors. While RICS Awards have been held annually in other cities around the world, this is the first year the awards were held in Southeast Asia.

"RICS champions the spirit of excellence, teamwork and innovation driving the built environment industry forward," said Chris Nicholl, Managing Director for Australasia, Southeast Asia and Japan, RICS, at the awards ceremony. "Recognising those at the forefront of embracing digital disruption is a key way of catalysing industry transformation that will create better futures for all."

With property markets in Southeast Asia at different stages of development, and facing challenges of varying degrees and form, we [the judges] took into account the diversity of local practices as well as how market expertise were applied to local context as part of a fair, credible and transparent judging process.

Prem Kumar, Executive Director, Jones Lang Wootton
Head judge for the RICS Awards 2019 Southeast Asia

Officiating at the awards, Tai Lee Siang, Executive Director, BuildSG, BCA, delivered the opening address at the awards, where he highlighted that keeping abreast of global trends helps the industry remain relevant and competitive. He also called on all stakeholders to play their part in driving sustained transformation in the built environment industry.

"It was a real privilege to have been one of the judges this year," said Will Myles, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, RICS. "These awards are not just a platform to celebrate the achievements of individual companies but, more importantly, are a benchmark of industry's progress as a whole."

What happened elsewhere? A roundup of RICS Awards 2019 so far across Asia Pacific

RICS Awards 2019 Southeast Asia winners

Team awards

Agency Team of the Year

JLL Singapore

Building Consultancy & Project Management Team of the Year


Facilities Management Team of the Year

JLL Singapore

Innovation Award

Arcadis Pte Ltd

Property Management Team of the Year


Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

Perunding Kos T & K Sdn Bhd (PKT)

Sustainability Award

C&W Services Singapore Pte Ltd

Valuation Team of the Year


Individual awards

Lifetime Achiever Award

Seng Joo How MRICS

Construction Professional of the Year

Eugene Seah FRICS

Property Professional of the Year

Cheng Su Chen FRICS

Women of the Built Environment Award

Esther An

Young Achiever of the Year Awards

Armelle Le Bihan

Benjamin Towell MRICS