PROFILE

Principal Architect
Yen Yen Wu (MS.)

Masters of Architecture (Columbia University, USA)
Bachelors of Arts (Architectural Studies), NUS, Singapore
Professional Architect, Member of Singapore Institute of Architects
Director at Genome Architects Pte Ltd

BACKGROUND

Yen studied Architecture at National University of Singapore, then at Columbia University, New York. In this time, she had been selected for annual exhibitions and publications. Upon graduating with a Masters of Architecture, she received an award for ‘Excellence in Design’ given by Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.

From 2004 to 2009, Yen worked on local and overseas projects in Eco.id Design Consultancy. Ranging from smaller scale local commercial projects and residences, Yen moved on to become an Associate, co-leading the team with her Director. Focusing on overseas hospitality projects, some key projects Yen was involved in at this time include Marriott Hotel Poolside Villas Singapore, Luxury Safari Resort at Abu Dhabi, 6-star Seaside Resort in Koh Samui, and Beach Resort at Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi. 

Yen’s exposure in this time required traveling to work with international Owners, Hotel Operators and Consultants. This in turn honed her design skills from the intimate, residential scale of a villa to larger scale resort planning and design.

Genome Architects was started in 2009 to further her aspirations.  Genome Architects Pte Ltd was incorporated in 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS

Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, USA
Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies), National University of Singapore, School of Architecture

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

2016 – Present: Council Member, Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) 
2017 – Present: Co-Chair of theDesign Thrust, Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)
2008: Professional Architect registered with Board of Architects, Singapore

AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

2018: Selected as part of 4-man team to design and curate the Singapore Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. Commissioned by URA and DSG. SG Pavilion is exhibited in Venice from June 2018 to November 2018 at the Venice Arsenale and will make a return exhibition in Singapore in 2019.

2008 Top 3 Candidates for Board of Architect Professional Examination, Singapore

2003: Design Exhibited at Architecture Show at Neiman Hall, Faculty of Art 

2000 – 2003: Excellence in Design Prize 2000-2003 by Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

2000: Design and Drawings Exhibited at NAAB Accreditation Show, Columbia University

Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002: Published and Selected for Archive in Columbia Abstract, School of Architecture

 

LECTURE

September 2017: Invited Speaker at Construe & Construct VII, Speaker Series at National University of Singapore, sharing built and un-built works at Genome Architects

December 2016: Invited Panelist sharing at The Open Studio, topic Paper Architecture: Unbuilt Dreams organized by Singapore Institute of Architects, Young Architects League (YAL) 

 

ACADEMIA

2018 – Present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Architecture for 3rd Year Design Studio Anchor Tutor and 5th Master Year Thesis Supervisor at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture


2015 – 2017: Adjunct 3rd Year Design Studio Anchor Tutor at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture


2012 – 2015: Adjunct 1st Year Design Studio Anchor Tutor at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture


2009 – 2012: Adjunct 3rd Year Design Studio Tutor at National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture


2009 – 2011: Adjunct 3rd Year Design Studio Tutor at Singapore Polytechnic, School of Design (DID)

 

PUBLICATIONS

July 2015: Contributing Writer to The Business Times, Singapore, View from the Top segment

January 2014: Contributing Writer to Vouch: 01 Branding Strategy Magazine for Johor Interior Designers’ Association (JIDA), Malaysia

2003 – 2009: Dedicated Columnist ‘Peripheral Vision’ and Freelance Reviewer for d+a (design and architecture) Magazine, Singapore (d+a is a Singapore-based regional bimonthly design magazine featuring global architectural works and widely distributed in Southeast Asia.)

April 2010: 32BNY, Contributing Writer, New York, United States of America

2004: ZAPP Urbanism #3, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, 2004

 

ACTIVISM

September 2016 - Moderator for “Why Architect?” Organized by Small Medium Architectural Practice Committee (SMAP), Singapore Institute of Architects

October 2016 : Focus Group Facilitator for “Sustainability for the Architecture Profession: 03 Issues Concerning Fee Structure” for Board of Architects 

October 2016 : Workshop Panelist for “Creative Writing Inspired by Architecture” with author Clara Chow and Ethos Books, organized by Archifest 2016, Singapore Institute of Architects

November / December 2016 : Panelist sharing at Book Launch of Dream Storeys written by Clara Chow at The Arts House 

Panelist sharing at Meet-The-Author Session Dream Storeys written by Clara Chow at Kinukuniya Bookstore

 

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE

2003 – 2004: WoW Architects (Warner Wong Design Consultancy Pte Ltd)

2005 – June 2009: Associate at Eco.id Architects (Ecoid Design Consultancy Pte Ltd)