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Mr Fong Chun Wah

Senior Advisor
Housing & Development Board, Singapore

Mr Fong Chun Wah is currently HDB’s Senior Advisor. Mr Fong advises HDB in the planning and design, development and upgrading of HDB towns and estates. He also advises on the implementation of initiatives supporting sustainability in public housing developments, housing and facilities to support seniors in Singapore, planning and architecture.

In Mr Fong’s former role as DCEO(B), he effectively guided the Building Groups to deliver well on the building and upgrading programmes and achieve greater excellence in the planning, design, quality and construction productivity. He also oversaw HDB’s efforts in advancing R&D. 

Mr Fong joined HDB in 1980 after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Singapore. He attained his Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

Mr Fong practised as an architect in the Architectural Department, and held various positions in the Research and Planning Department. He was group director in the Building Quality Group and Development and Procurement Group.

In recognition of Mr Fong’s significant contribution to the Singapore Public Service, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008, and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Bar) in 2017.

Presentation Title: Nurturing an Action Nation - Urban Planning to Encourage Physical Activity

As the national public housing authority, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) plans and develops HDB towns and estates with 1.2 million flats that are home to more than 80% of the resident population. As such we provide the physical environment for majority of Singaporean to live, work, learn and play. 

HDB works with many agencies to develop facilities and implement programmes to nurture physical, intellectual, social, and mental growth, health and well-being of residents and visitors. In 2020, HDB launched a “Designing for Life” roadmap with health and well-being of residents as one of the main focus areas in our new-built and upgrading projects.

Facilities for physical activity range from multi-generational play and exercise equipment, park connector and walking and cycling networks, large and small parks, community spaces and plazas for small and large activities, and sports and recreational facilities like community clubs and sports facilities as well as educational institutions which provide sporting venues not only to students but the community at large.

With a rapidly ageing population, focus is also placed on the elderly, to encourage to exercise and physical activity, enhance safety and encourage seniors to lead an active lifestyle.

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