Dr Julian Davison Information Page

Shophouseclub.com & Shophouse.com.sg welcome Dr Julian Davison as our Partner for all our web videos and articles from June 1st 2020.


Please email Dr. Julian at drjuliandavison@shophouse.com.sg


For the last 10 Years , I had one of the most inspiring time with a man that have made me what I am today . He is like family and he is the one have taught me that that Passion for your work will move a mountain in your spirit to be the best. To me I learnt that money is secondary to your passion…. now he works on my projects..

Dr Julian Davison – Biodata Julian Davison (b. 1956) is the son of an architect and grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. At the age of nine he was sent to school in England, though his family home continued to be in Kuala Lumpur until his father retired in 1979.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Durham and he subsequently studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he completed a doctorate in 1988 based on a study of the headhunting rituals and associated oral literature of the Iban of Sarawak. Davison currently resides in Singapore where he is a freelance writer, editor, illustrator and book designer.

He has edited or otherwise contributed to several reference books and scholarly works relating to the region and he is also the author of regular feature articles on regional history and related subjects for local magazines – a collection of these was published in 2001 under the title One For The Road and was on the best-seller list in Singapore for several months. Davison is a professional watercolourist, specialising in architectural illustrations and renderings, many of which have appeared in publications relating to the architecture of the region. He is also the host of Arts Centralís popular TV history series, Site and Sound, which takes a quirky, up-beat, off-the-road look at Singapore’s past, visiting historical sites and using special ‘blue-screen’ effects to literally walk into long-vanished landscapes and locations.

The first two series of Site and Sound are available on DVD; the third series completed its run in March 2006. A second volume of collected essays and articles entitled An Eastern Port was published in early 2004 and has also been in the best-seller lists. Davison’s most recent publication is an architectural monograph on the ‘black and white’ colonial bungalows of Singapore, which appeared in November 2005. His next publication (late 2008) will be a history of the Singapore shophouse; Davison is also working on a popular history of Singapore and a comparative ethnography of headhunting in Southeast Asia.