A Toast to Icons
BERG’s prestigious ‘Icons of Spaces’ was awarded to leading architects & developers at a ceremony in Singapore
Singapore-based Business Excellence & Research Group (BERG) hosted its signature award – Icons of Spaces – the 3rd BERG Real Estate Awards on July 22, 2016, at the Raffles Town Club in Singapore. The awards reached out to professionals in the real estate & construction sector across South Asia, South East Asia & the Middle East.
The Gala Awards Night provided an ideal platform for developers, architects, interior designers to come together and offer critical insights from a different perspective.
In his welcome address, Prashant Sutaria, architect and founder, Centre of Living and Planning for Tomorrow (CLPT), highlighted the importance of integrating design aspects at the project level itself and not as an after-thought. He stated that the world is moving towards newer design concepts that factor in sustainability, safety and security at all levels. Sutaria is also part of the Expert Group at Icons of Spaces and has supported the initiative since its inception.
The event also featured a power-packed panel discussion about Urbanisation & Sustainability in Construction and a keynote speech from the nodal building and construction players in Singapore. Some well known industry stalwarts from Singapore and other countries shared their views. Eminent panellists included Hemanti Sutaria, architect, Mumbai, Uma Srinivasan, VP, SNN Builders, Bengaluru, Gordon Falconer, director – smart city solutions, Schneider Electric, and Bibhor Srivastava, publisher, ITP Publishing India, who dwelt on the challenges surrounding urbanisation and sustainability in the construction industry.
While announcing the theme for the third edition of the premier event, Vishwesh Iyer, managing partner, BERG, said that this year the focus was on the booming international real estate sector. This time, the nomination process attracted a lot of interest from India and other countries in Asia as well, he stated.
“Icons of Spaces provided a unique platform for not just recognising the great work, but also knowledge sharing and business networking opportunities. Based on a selection process that encompasses integrity, transparency, consistency and fairness, the aim is to provide a global benchmark and recognition,” Iyer added.
The BERG Real Estate Awards were introduced in 2014 and are now called the Icons of Spaces. They throw a spotlight on high calibre work within the real estate industry, encompassing construction, architecture and interior design. With a professionally run evaluation system, they also bring the real estate industry of the participating countries to the world stage. Methods (India) was the Platinum Sponsor, while Construction Week, Architect & Interiors India, and AsiaBizToday were among the other Supporting Partners to the awards.