Urban Planning, Architecture, Interiors
GAD is a young architectural practice whose interest in design transcends scale and program. Our mission is to find an appropriate design methodology; to master Material and Time is to master design and, more importantly, the living out of smart designs.
GAD’s works seek to visualize universal laws of art, nature and science through architectural design. Genome, as its name suggests, is about expressing the everyday essential sides of nature and all of its casual intelligence and wit.
It is our first and foremost interest to shape and create a quality living, working, playing environment of any scale and serving any purpose. Prior to GAD, our principal architect Yen Yen Wu had worked on hospitality resorts, hotels and commercial offices in Singapore and overseas. GAD, as a practice, conceptualizes fresh and purposeful design concepts that are not restricted by program or budget. This includes:
- Conceptualizing customized living environments for individual families.
- Conceptualizing various public and civic architectural designs
- Conceptualizing interior design corporate identities for flagship stores, restaurants, offices and hotels, conceptualizing contemporary
We have a current staff strength of four, compromising of three architect and architecture executives and one technical staff.
Genome Architects is currently registered with Public Sector Panels of Consultants (PSPC) Panel 4, Board of Architects and is a Corporate Member of Singapore Institute of Architects.
Profile of Principal Architect:
WU YEN YEN (MS.)
Masters of Architecture (Columbia University, USA)
Bachelors of Arts (Architectural Studies), NUS, Singapore
Professional Architect, Council Member of SIA
Director at Genome Architects and Genome Design Consultancy Pte Ltd
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.
GAD was started in 2009 to further her aspirations.
Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York City, USA
Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) ,National University of Singapore, School of Architecture
Council Member of Singapore Institute of Architects 2016
Awards Sub-committee, Design Thrust of the Singapore Institute of Architects 2015-2016
Professional Architect registered with Board of Architects, Singapore
2008 Top 3 Candidates for Board of Architect Professional Examination, Singapore
Past Work Experience
2003 – 2004: WoW Architects (Warner Wong Design Consultancy Pte Ltd)
Design Concept and Schematic Design at Sanya, China for Luxury Hotel
Schematic and Construction Documentation of Private Residence at Bishopsgate
2005 – June 2009: Associate at Eco.id Architects (Ecoid Design Consultancy Pte Ltd)
Design Concept and Schematic Design at Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi for Shangri-La Hotel
Design Concept and Schematic Design at Bahrani, Abu Dhabi for 6-star Private Hotel
Design Concept and Schematic Design at Delhi, India for Sheraton Hotel
Design Concept and Schematic Design at Koh Samui, Thailand for JW Marriott Hotel
Design Concept to Construction and Completion of Marriott Hotel Poolside Villas at Tang Plaza, Orchard Road, Singapore
Design Concept to Construction and Completion of Gainurn Office Building at River Valley Road
Schematic Design to Construction Stage for Clearwater Private Apartments at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Construction and Completion of Private Residence at Ewart Park
Construction and Completion of 3 Private Residences at Swettenham Park
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 – Present: 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
Awards and Exhbitions
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
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
2012 – Present: 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)