Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “RE-Stock London Housing” competition – Douglas Lee and Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai from the United States!
Douglas Lee and Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai from the United States
Yee Foo (Vincent) Lai is currently a full-time practicing architectural designer in Adjaye Associates, New York. He holds a Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the National University of Singapore where he received 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.
Douglas Lee is a Chinese-Canadian designer and a Master of Architecture candidate at UC Berkeley, and he is currently taking a gap year to work abroad. He received a Bachelor of Science in urban planning, design & management from The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL. His work experience includes OMA/AMO, SANAA, The Open Workshop, BIG and SLA.
Under the design collective of Temporary Office, Yee Foo and Douglas, sometimes in collaboration with their friends and colleagues, have worked on several competitions crossing the boundaries of architecture, public space and preservation. With a strong focus on historic research and precedence, we seek to constructively respond to the ever-changing needs of our environment in a rational yet playful way.
We are truly enthralled by today’s work of architecture around the world and its rapid speed in transforming the world in multiple ways. No matter if it is delivering sustainable designs or reshaping current urban systems, our role as architects in a highly globalised world mandates us to be active observers and participants in the strong diverse social-cultural context we work in. Our practice focuses on interpreting and structuring manifold narratives, migrated ideas, materials, practices and people in the form of contemporary design.
We take conversational ideas seriously. With our diverse backgrounds and inquisitive mind to design, we tend to generate many ideas, and some are just purely on a conversational level. It is precisely this spontaneity and novelty that is worth exploring further in a rigorous competition setting.
We also want to leverage the briefs to learn more about the characteristics of the place (context specific) or architectural systems (non-context specific). Architecture vision competitions usually encourage non-typical strategies to topical issues. With that spirit, competition provides a great balance in allowing architects to reflect on current conditions and limitations while projecting a possible future that our world has yet to witness.
Instead of looking at the competition through the lens of awards and recognition, look at it as an opportunity to exercise your interest on a topic that is deeply embedded in your passion. It is a testing bed to refine one’s ideas or ideals without biases. In addition to that, big ideas come to fruition with a big push. Deadlines are an important driver to motivate a project forward. The competition’s timeframe is one of those drivers.