Celebrating over 20 years of Built Environment Education, Research & Advice

Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability

80 Jurong East Street 21
#04-08, Singapore 609607
Tel: (65) 6563 4166
Fax: (65) 6563 4156
Email: enquiry@recc.com.sg

Executive Training Courses


Space Optimisation, Design and Audit 


Property occupation/space cost is invariably the second-highest recurrent cost after staff costs for most organisations and represents a significant component of service delivery costs. Private sector organisations have responded by setting a limit on space allocated per headcount; the Ministry of Finance has likewise issued an Office Space Management Framework (OSMF) for all Ministries to adhere to.

While total space may meet specified norms/standards, it needs to be designed to ensure that space quality and the work environment supports work processes effectively thereby contributing to organisational efficiency and productivity.  However, dynamic operating environments and technological advancements will continue to drive work process re-engineering and changing space needs. Workspace audits will need to be carried out regularly to assess space fit, optimise space and costs to achieve service excellence, viability and sustainability.


The course will provide knowledge on the impact of Office Space in Organisations and skills for effective Space Planning and Management through the following concepts and techniques:

  • Culture, Buildings and Workplaces
  • Change and Space Impacts
  • Office Space Standards and Use
  • Space Needs, Workspace Design & Planning
  • Space Management & Audits

COURSE PROGRAMME (9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

  • Culture, Buildings and Workplaces
    • Culture and Architecture in Buildings
    • Organisational Culture and Workspaces
    • Work and Workspace Quality
  • Change and Space Impacts
    • Business Operating Environment
    • Demographics
    • Technology and Environment
  • Office Space Standards and Use
    • Space Nomenclature & Measurement
    • Space Standards & Design Guidelines
    • Churn and Alternative Officing Strategies
  • Space Needs, Workspace Design and Planning
    • Workspaces
    • Work Organisational Models
    • User Needs
    • Office Layouts and Space Planning
  • Space Management and Audits
    • Space Management 
    • Space Efficiency and Utilisation
    • Space Audits


Dr Quah Lee Kiang FRICS

Dr Quah is the Director of the Real Estate & Construction Centre and the Real Estate & Construction Academy in Singapore. She has extensive regional and international experience in Project and Facilities Management & Maintenance research, advice and academia.

Dr Quah led the EU funded project BE4213 Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components, which among other things, sought to develop an objective building condition assessment system. This project formed part of ongoing research over the last 20 years which culminated in Dutch Standard NEN 2767 on Condition Assessment of Buildings, believed to be a ‘world first’.

Dr Quah’s professional and research affiliations include being Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 70 on Facilities Management and Maintenance for a decade and past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Singapore Centre.  She was also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Asia Board, Singapore Board and Asia Pacific Sustainability Board.

Dr Quah was conferred an Honorary Fellow by Oxford Brookes University for her work in real estate and construction education and the unusual impact her career has had on this particular academic field in Asia.


Thursday 9 Nov 2023


Option 1 (Face-to-Face)

Venue: Unit #04-08, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607

Option 2 (Live Streaming via RECC Elearning Portal)

Username and password will be assigned on receipt of registration and course fees


$615 nett per person. Course fees includes full colour course documentation and refreshments at tea breaks. 

RECC is pleased to inform that course fee funding of $112.50 per person is available from e2i, subject to terms and conditions being met. Please enquire for further details. 


The course will benefit those who have a vested interest in buildings including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Government Officials
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers
  • Property Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Management Corporations
  • Town Councils
  • and Others


Cancellations made one week before the scheduled commencement date of the course will be subjected to an administrative fee of $100.00. The full fee of $615.00 will be payable thereafter for any cancellation; substitutions can be made at any time.


Mr Ken Chew
Tel: 6563 4166
Fax: 6563 4156 
E-mail: exectrg@recc.com.sg


It may be necessary for reasons beyond RECC’s control, to change the content and timing of the programme and the identity of the course leader/s.



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