In an office in the Enabling Village near the NTUC Fairprice supermarket, trainee architecture draughtsmen are hard at work developing drawings of buildings and interiors.
The BIM Studio (BIM stands for Building Information Modelling) is a social enterprise initiated by Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) alongside architect Yeo Chye Teck of Caide Architects. The startup empowers persons living with disabilities through the practice of architectural draughtsmanship and interior designing.
We caught up with BIM Studio’s manager Timothy Ang, 61, during a draughtsmanship class at SG Enable’s multimedia lab to talk about the studio’s aspirations.
How did the idea for BIM Studio come about?
Our mission is to provide a platform for individuals with disabilities to develop proficiency in handling architectural software, as well as equip them with employable skills. Students at BIM Studio make use of sophisticated software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp and Revit to hone their mastery of architectural drawings and designs.