Nirmal Kishnani

For over two decades, Nirmal Kishnani has been at the frontlines of sustainable design in Asia where he is active as educator, researcher, consultant and author.

In 2002, he set up Singapore’s first Green design consultancy and become involved in milestone projects in SE Asia, such as the multi-award winning Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Gardens by the Bay and Asian Development Bank Retrofit. Since then Dr. Kishnani has sat on advisory panels in China, Singapore and Vietnam guiding policy and formulating guidelines that affect Green design. As Editor–in–Chief of the FuturArc, the region’s pre-eminent Green magazine, he has created and curated platforms for reporting forward-thinking ideas. He is resident jury chair of two Asia-based competitions – FuturArc Prize and FuturArc Green Leadership Award – which he helped set up.

His first book – Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture (2012) – is regarded a key critique of the Green building movement in Asia. His most recent book – Ecopuncture: Transforming Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (2019) – examines regeneration as a design approach, and was released with a video, The Ecopuncture Interviews.

Dr Kishnani teaches at the National University of Singapore, School of Design and Environment, where he has held several appointments. As Vice Dean (2015-2017), he led the design process of the new building for the School, which was the first purpose-built net zero energy building in Singapore.

As Programme Director of the Master of Science for Integrated Sustainable Design (2011 to present), he has pioneered a unique curriculum based on systems thinking. In his role as a industry advocate, he continues to lecture and write, consult on projects and conduct workshops.