Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai

Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai

New York, NY, US

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Yee Foo (Vincent) has always been fond of making and abstractions. Having traveled frequently between Malaysia and Singapore, Yee Foo has grown to be an active observer and participator of their distinct racial and political landscape affecting the discourse of Architecture within the region. His research interests focus on methods of structuring narratives to migrated ideas, materials, practices, people, etc. often subtly embedded in every city's multi-faceted culture. He has diverse experiences working in leading international firms such as SOM (USA), OPEN Architecture (China), Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Vietnam) and Aedas (Singapore). 

Yee Foo received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from National University of Singapore conferred with AKZO Nobel Gold medal for best student in Architectural Design. He currently just graduated with Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley.


Adjaye Associates, New York, NY, US, Designer

Sep 2019 - current

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

Course: Arch 100B – Fundamentals of Architectural Design
_ Prepared & delivered Architectural Representations lectures
_ Prepared & taught design softwares tutorials
_ Adviced & critiqued on students’ drawings
_ Troubleshoot modeling issues

Reference: Roddy Creedon (

Jan 2018 - May 2019

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

_ Worked in a team to devise overall architectural language within the Mawan masterplan site
_ Prepared and composed presentation content for Mawan masterplan competition
_ Worked on Schematic Design models and presentation drawings for Webank client meeting
_ Devised conceptual schemes for 1100 West Grand Avenue Memorial Project
Projects: Mawan masterplan Competition // Webank new headquarters (Both projects in Shenzhen, China); 1100 West Grand Avenue (Chicago, USA)

Reference: David Schweim (

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

OPEN Architecture, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

_ Worked in a team to experiment on massing and schematic designs for Luxelake A3
mixed-used programme & devising landscape strategies
_ Assisted in developing presentation drawings for Luxelake A3 & A6
_ Prepared Luxelake A6 masterplan for 3D printing
_ Investigated housing, commercial, office & public space typologies
_ Devised detailed and perspective drawings for Nepal disaster relief housing
Projects: LuxeLake A3 & A6 plot // Nepal housing for disaster relief

Reference: Ye Qing (

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

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

_ Modeled & Constructed 1:1 scale mock-up of Bamboo Forest Pavilion in Ho Chi Minh office
_ Actual construction of Bamboo Forest Pavilion in Tokyo
_ Devised a concept scheme for Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation pavillion in Sydney

Projects: Bamboo Forest Pavilion Gallery MA in Tokyo (built in October 2015) // Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

LAUD Architects, Singapore, SG, Architectural Intern

_ Developed DECK temporary gallery drawings for submissions to URA planning authority
_ Collaborated in schematic design for Philips Singapore

Projects: DECK temporary gallery // Philips Singapore Headquater (addition and alteration)

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Aedas, Singapore, SG, Architectural Assistant

_ Assisted project lead in designing station entrances above ground
_ Modelled train station ground structures (permanent & temporary enclosures)
_ Developed station roof structures for 3D fabrication
Projects: Thomson line (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit aka. MRT)

Reference: Peter Engstrom ( /

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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