Ten Swee Kien
Partner I Co-Founder
The future of city living is not simply to accommodate urbanisation with its rising population and urban sprawl in a linear urban metabolic system. Rather, a livable and sustainable urbanism in a circular urban metabolism takes into consideration of environmental stewardship and co-existence with nature. Having his conferment of a Master degree in Integrated Sustainable Design and together with his past professional working experience as an accredited Landscape Architect, Ten strongly believes in pushing the boundaries in creating biophilic cities as the way forward for the future, greening up every opportunity with regenerative motive for the natural environment and heighten the well-being of human.
With close to 16 years of working experience, Ten’s impressive past work experience has seen him holding positions such as the Chief Horticulturist for the historical Raffles Hotel (Singapore), a gazetted national monument of Singapore, and Manager (Living Collections) of Singapore Botanic Gardens, an inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site. He has also travelled and participated in world-famous 13th Japanese Garden Intensive Seminar at Kyoto University of Arts and Design, Japan. His keen eyes and flair with design have also enabled him to participate in various projects from Singapore to Tianjin in China for Hyatt Regency Hotel.
In 2013, Ten and his partner Kelvin had helped Ortus to clinch the coveted SILA SLAA Gold Award of Excellence for their project, Adventure Cove Waterpark (Water Theme Park) at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.
- Accredited Landscape Architect under Singapore Landscape Architects Accreditation Office (SLAA)
- Full Member with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA)
- Certified Practising Horticulturist with Australia Institute of Horticulture (AIH) & Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE-NParks)
- Certified Arborist with International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) & Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE-NParks)
- ACTA Certified Trainer & Assessor with Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)