Ernesto Bedmar, an Argentinian, graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1980 from the University of Architecture & Town Planning, Cordoba, Argentina; he received the award for the Best Design in the Final Year. He is a Registered Architect in Argentina and also a Registered Architect in Singapore, as well a Corporate Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects. Ernesto’s career began in 1977 when he did practical work in the studio at Miguel Angel Roca, Argentina. In 1980 he became an Associate at Miguel Angel Roca, South Africa and designed a town planning project for Protea New Town – South Africa and the Jabulani Administrative Centre in South Africa where he worked with Architects M.A. Roca and F. Pienaar. In 1982 he was made an Associate at Miguel Angel Roca, Hong Kong to develop the Tai Long Wan Tourist Resort on Lantau Island, HK. He then joined Palmer & Turner, Hong Kong as a Consultant Architect in 1983 and was involved in a vast urban project for Macau as a member of the planning group under Architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.
In 1984 he came to Singapore and worked with SAA Partnership until 1986 when he set up his own practice, Bedmar & Shi Designers Pte Ltd and since then has been a Director/Design Consultant at the company. From 1989 to 2000 Ernesto was a part-time tutor at the School of Architecture at the National University of Singapore and from 1993 to 1995 he was a Member of Design Committee of the Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore where he also acted as External Examiner for the Bachelor of Arts (Architecture/Hons) program from 2007 to 2010. In early 2009 Ernesto was invited by the Architecture Society at The National University of Singapore to give a guest lecture and in May 2009 he was invited by Raffles University, Singapore to act as an External Examiner for Design Programmes.
He has received several awards including some listed here in chronological order: 1989 Du Pont Antron Design Award – Honorary Prize – Store Planning Category; 2000 No. 15 Whitehouse Park – Architectural Heritage Awards (URA); 2002 Merit Prize (by Singapore Institute of Architects – Hunter Douglas Design Competition); 2006 3 Houses at Jervois and Trevose 12 – The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award; 2006 Cityscape Architectural Review Awards 2006 Dubai – Winner of Residential Built Award; and 2010 10 th SIA Architectural Design Awards for Categories Recreational Buildings and Individual Houses.
Besides his monograph “Romancing the Tropics” also published by Oscar Riera Ojeda, Ernesto’s works have been featured in many international publications.