Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai

Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai

New York, NY, US

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Yee Foo Lai (Vincent) is the founder of STUDIO YEE FOO LAI. The studio is interested in pursuing the delineation of blurry contiguous narrative and forms, as means of approach to design. The works constantly oscillate between the vernacular and modern, presenting a sense of familiarity with a twist of novelty.

Lai and Douglas Lee founded Temporary Office, a multi-disciplinary design collaborative working on projects of myriad scales internationally. One of the collaborative most prominent project ‘Touch the Valley’, a 3D topographic puzzle designed for the visually-impaired, has won the recognition of Lexus Design Award 2023. On the Architecture front, 'common-sky', a communal space typology to reinvigorate old social housing, was presented on Swiss Architecture Museum symposium. 

Lai holds a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from NUS Singapore, where he received the AKZO Nobel Gold medal for distinction in Architectural Design. He has diverse design and research experience, previously working in leading international firms such as SOM, OPEN Architecture, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, and Aedas.


Trahan Architects, New York, NY, US, Designer

Jun 2022 - current

Temporary Office, New Yrok, Founding Partner

Apr 2020 - current

Adjaye Associates, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Sep 2019 - May 2022

UC Berkeley CED, Berkeley, CA, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Jan 2018 - May 2019

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Summer Intern

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

OPEN Architecture, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Ho Chi Minh City, VN, Pavilion Builder, Architectural Intern

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

LAUD Architects, Singapore, SG, Architectural Intern

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Aedas, Singapore, SG, Architectural Assistant

Apr 2012 - Jul 2012


UC Berkeley CED, Berkeley, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2017 - May 2019

National University of Singapore, Singapore, SG, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2014 - May 2017

ETH Zürich, Zürich, CH, Architecture

Exchange Program (selected 2 students per year)

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016



AKZO Nobel Medal, Gold Medal, Award

Best graduating student in Architectural Design


NUS Awards for Study Abroad (NASA) exchange scholarship, Scholarship


Milton Tan Memorial Fund (MTMF) scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship for internship abroad


ETH exchange scholarship, Scholarship


Merit Prize, Honorable Mention

SIA:SKIN design competition


Singapore Institute of Architects Medal, Award

Diploma graduation award


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