Vivian Chan

Vivian is the director and founder of Studio Verve Architects.

Vivian was born in Malaysia, winning the ASEAN scholarship to study in Singapore at the young age of twelve. She obtained her Masters in Architecture at the National University of Singapore in 1999 and gained her RIBA Part III with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2004. In Singapore, she worked for CIAP on a variety of residential, commercial and religious projects; in particular the award-winning Garden of Remembrance Columbarium.

Vivian moved to London in 2002 to join Foster + Partners where she worked on the prestigious Kamakura House. Subsequently she worked at David Morley Architects where she was the project architect on several education and higher education / sports laboratory projects to include The Campus in Weston-Super-Mare that won the RIBA 2005 award. She joined Walters and Cohen in 2008 and was leading a BSF project in Bristol.

After cutting her teeth at some of the best practices in the country, she decided to set up a private design practice in London in 2009. As the founding director, Vivian is responsible for the creative design direction of every project that comes from the studio; ensuring that designs are worked through with rigour and passion.

Narrow Lane Farmhouse won both the West Lancashire Design and Sustainability Awards in 2015 whilst the Domino Houses in London won the Special Mention Architizer A+ Award 2016 and was a finalist at both the Brick Awards & Haringey Design Awards 2016. Voss Street houses won Highly Commended award for the New London Awards 2020.

Vivian was a finalist at the 2016 Asian Women of Achievement award for Professions which recognises women who have trained and qualified in their chosen professional practice and have become a leading practitioner. She was also invited to be a judge at the prestigious Brick Awards in 2019 and 2021.


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