About Us

About Us


Formed in 1997, the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) is an international association of national organisations representing Quantity Surveyors and Cost Engineers in the Asia and Pacific region. Members include quantity surveying and cost engineering institutions from 15 countries and cities including Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka being Full Members, and Fiji, South Africa and South Korea being Associate Members. The founding members of PAQS are AIQS (Australia), BSIJ (Japan), HKIS (Hong Kong), NZIQS (New Zealand) and SISV (Singapore). 

The Mission of the PAQS  is: 

  • The promotion of the practice of Quantity Surveying (QS) in the region.
  • The promotion of “best practice” for QS in the region.
  • The promotion of dialogue between member organizations.
  • Encouragement of regional co-operation in the practice of QS.
  • Fostering of research appropriate to the better understanding of building practice in the region.
  • Rendering of assistance to members of member organizations working in each other’s countries.


The Institute was established in 1982 when the Singapore Institute of surveyors and the Singapore Institute of Valuers merged. The Institute comprises 3 divisions: the  Land Surveyors, the  Quantity Surveyors  and the  Valuation and General Practice.

The Land Surveyors play a crucial role in the proper erection of buildings, especially high-rise construction, and the accurate delineation and identification of vertical and horizontal interests in these buildings.

The Quantity Surveyors are consulted on the economics of cost in the development or redevelopment process.

The Valuers give advice on the values of interests in property upon which all real estate activities are based on. In addition, the Valuation and General Practice also comprise real estate professionals dealing in marketing and agency, management and various forms of consultancy on real estate issues.


As stated in our Constitution, we aim to:

  • Secure the advancement and facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge which constitutes the professions of Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Valuation and General Practice Surveying;

  • Promote the general interests of the profession and to maintain and improve its usefulness for the benefit of the public;
  • Regulate and improve the standards of professional conduct and practice of its members