OWMF core philosophy can be summed up as Research, Conception and Craft.

We are passionate about advancing technical craft in concert with a theoretical and conceptual grounding generated from our research and experimentation.

This motivating force behind our works results in unconventional OPEN, WILD, MAGICAL, FUN forms and spaces that are absolutely non repetitive.

Ultimately OWMF is in the pursuit of inspiring the human spirit and we are always interested in innovative approaches towards it.



Yong Sy Lyng founded OWMF Architecture based in Singapore and Malaysia in 2013 with built works and ongoing projects ranging from small to medium scale around Asia.

Graduated from The Cooper Union, New York, she believes in striking a balance between Practice, Research, and Teaching. Prior to setting up her independent practice, she had worked on institutional, commercial, and residential projects of various scales with multiple award winning offices in New York, China and Singapore including Shigeru Ban Architects, SOM New York and ARC Studio.

She is actively involved in exploration outside of the practice through collaborations with fellow architects, artists, NGOs, and serving as a regular architecture design studio tutor at the National University of Singapore.



Registered Architect, Board of Architects, Singapore

BArch, The Cooper Union, New York

BA(Arch), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Exchange, L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris



2013-Present, OWMF Architecture, Singapore

2010-2013, Arc Studio, Singapore

2008-2009, Shigeru Ban Architects, New York

2006-2008, Rickenbacker + Leung LLC, New York

2006 Summer, SOM, New York

2003-2005, Alfred Wong Partnership Pte Ltd, Singapore & China



2016-Present, Design Tutor, NUS School of Architecture, Singapore

2023/ 2020/ 2016, Guest Critic, School of Architecture and Sustainable Design, SUTD, Singapore

2020, Tutor, American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2020, Guest Critic, Tsinghua University, China

2016, Guest Critic, International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

2013-2016, Adjunct Lecturer, Singapore Polytechnic Design School, Singapore



2018, First Prize, Taiwan Japanese War Memorial Design Competition, Taiwan

2016, Shortlisted Entry, Archifest Pavilion Design Competition, Singapore

2009, Cooper Union Abraham E. Kazan Award for Urban Design, New York

2005-2009, Cooper Union Full Tuition Scholarship, New York

2004, Honourable Mention, Chi Chi Earthquake Memorial, Taiwan

2003, Excellent Prize, Space International Student Design Competition, Korea

2002, DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore



2024, “Mobili Station”, Never Too Small, Austratlia

2023, “Gradient: Cathay Organisation Head Office”, Archello 

2023, “Matrixport Crypto Exchange Singapore Headquarters”, Archello

2022, “ A Look Inside Matrixport’s New Singapore Office”, Officelovin'

2022, “Of Algorithms And Voxels”, The Peak, Singapore

2018, 「乙未戰爭紀念意象營造」競圖揭曉 首獎「暮光Twilight」, Taiwan Hot News, Taiwan

2018, 台灣首座「1895乙未戰役」紀念公園 年底動工, People Media, Taiwan

2018, 乙未戰爭紀念意象營造競圖 呈現客家文化歷史, Epoch Times, Taiwan

2018, 平鎮紀念乙未戰役 「暮光」打造公園 Liberty Times Net, Taiwan

2018, 發揚山海客家庄 桃市規劃乙未紀念公園, New Talk, Taiwan

2018, 乙未戰爭意象營造競圖 重現客家義軍奮勇精神, Ata News, Taiwan

2018, 乙未戰爭紀念意象營造徵圖「暮光Twilight」, ET Today, Taiwan

2018, 「乙未戰爭紀念意象營造」競圖揭曉 首獎「暮光Twilight」, Yahoo News, Taiwan

2018,  乙未戰爭紀念意象營造競圖頒獎 鄭市長:呈現豐富的客家文化及歷史, Taoyuan Department of Public Information, Taiwan

2018, “36 Hours in Singapore”, The New York Times, New York

2016, “A Warm Welcome”, D+A Design & Architecture Magazine Issue 96, Singapore

2016, “The Community –Driven Workplace”, Indesignlive.sg, Singapore

2016, “Looksee Looksee- A Reading Room And Tea Salon To Inspire You”, Home and Décor, Singapore

2016, “Read and Shop in style at Beach Road”, Straits Times, Singapore

2016, “Sustainable Housing in Nepal”, Departure Magazine, Singapore

2016, “OWMF Architecture Designs Interior for Odyssey Capital in Singapore”, Designboom Digital Architecture & Design Magazine, Milan/ Beijing/ New York

2015, “Cool Workplaces in Singapore That Everyone Wants To Work In”, Qanvast Digital Magazine, Singapore

2015, “7 Functional Home Designs”, Qanvast Digital Magazine, Singapore

2015, “Connect the Blocks”, D+A Design & Architecture Magazine Issue 87, Singapore

2015, “Free Art”, D+A Design & Architecture Magazine Issue 86, Singapore

2015, “Singapore Design’s Young Turks”, Business Times, Singapore



2023, “KAIT Workshop, Junya Ishigami”, Close Reading 02 in collaboration with Anna Kostreva, Subtext Radio, UK

2023, “AI, IoT, AR/VR/MR & Metaverse”, Digital Technologies for Architecture & Built Environment , Bimulus Digitalk x BCA, Singapore

2023, “Architectural Syntaxes & Form Modelling Workshop”, Pro Series Workshop, Library @ Orchard, Singapore

2023, “Critical Research, Teaching and Practice in Architecture”, Pro Series Talk, Library @ Orchard, Singapore 

2022, “Einsten Tomb, Lebbeus Woods", Close Reading 01 in collaboration with Anna Kostreva, Subtext Radio, UK

2020, “Nomadic Topology: From Parametric Form to Topological Space”, Atelier Alter Forum Series, Tsinghua University, China



2022-Present, Close Reading Series, in collaboration with Anna Kostreva, Youtube & Subtext Radio

2016-Present, List of Ten, a collection of architect’s lists of critical architectural works, Earth

2009-Present, Notes on Architecture, Architectural Formal Syntaxes leading to Nomadic Topology, New York/ Singapore

2009, Nomadic Topology: From Parametric Form to Topological Space, Cooper Union Architecture Thesis, New York

2015-Present, DXM Design x Make x Multiply, long-term research and build project, Nepal



2015, “Double Lives: The Works of Hyphenated Artists, art exhibition, Singapore

2014, “Neue Artisans 3.0 Design Market”, design exhibition, Malaysia

2013, “Pencil x Brush’, calligraphy art exhibition, Singapore