ABOUT
Mark Wee (b.1975) is a Singaporean artist, architect, experience designer, and educator. Harbouring an imaginary universe of good vibes, strange creatures, and odd situations in his mind since young, Mark has drawn his imaginations on countless notebooks, which have led over the years to artwork commissions for The Singapore Dance Theatre, the Housing Development Board, Frank by OCBC, New Majestic Hotel, Tasty Plaza, as well as private commissions. After years of nudging from friends and family to 'share my artwork with more people', Mark is finally making steps to being more intentional about sharing his imaginary universe, hence, this website. So enjoy, and if my art makes you smile please follow my instagram at #markwee.

In his professional life, Mark believes in shapingplaces that deepen identity and community, as well as the potential of designand innovation for business and cultural transformation. 

Since2006, Mark has been an advocate and practitioner of design innovationmethodologies driven by empathy and experiential prototyping. He pioneeredtheir application in the creation of experiences centring on the builtenvironment.

He is founder and principal ofANNEX A / Architects, a design innovation and architecture studio, an adjunct Lecturer in Digital ServiceDesign and Innovation at the National University of Singapore’s Institute ofSystem Science, and a Design Strategist on the Innovation By Design program by Design Singapore& the Economic Development Board, an initiative to help businesses employdesign as a tool for business strategy and organizational transformation.

Mark started and led the award-winning ONG&ONG’s Experience DesignStudio from 2011-2016 to redefine user experiences for clients including theHousing Development Board, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Stock Exchange, OCBC’sFRANK, Sentosa, and the State Courts. He has also represented Singapore at the11th Venice Architectural Biennale.

As an educator, Mark has taughtnumerous private and public organizations on using design thinking to solvedifficult challenges, ranging from policy issues, to building innovationcultures, rethinking educational approaches, and even training futuregovernment leaders to be more empathetic.

Anaward-winning architect, Mark has been selected as part of URA’s 20 Under 45list of Singapore architects to represent the next generation. His projectshave most recently in 2014 & 2015 won the URA Heritage Award and SingaporeInstitute of Architects Design Award for the Neil Road House, and also thewinner at the A&D Awards and finalist for the World Architectural FestivalAwards for the Crane Houses.

Mark has served as a councilmember of the Singapore Institute of Architects between 2009-2015, during whichhe started the Architectural League, a new initiative to serve the needs of theyounger architectural community and identifying future leaders of theprofession.

Mark is currently the Executive Director of DesignSingapore, the national agency overseeing design for the country. He is passionate about the power of design for good, to make life better. 

His book, Let’s Experience Design, is available online and in majorbookstores.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Mark’s drawings explore themes of hope and childlike wonder in the world. His artwork explores open narratives of life, and a childlike imagination of an alternative world nicknamed the Good Kingdom.

As an artist, Mark’s first exhibition “On Point!” was held at Element Art Space in Singapore in 2017.


EDUCATION

1996-2001   Bachelors of Architecture, Cornell University, NY, USA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mar 2018 - Present              Executive Director, DesignSingapore

July2016 – Feb 2018           Principal/Founder,ANNEX A /

2011-Jul2016                       Director,Experience Design, ONG&ONG

2008-2011                            Founder, UNIONExperience

2006-2011                            Founder, ANNEXA Architects

2006-2008                            Founder,Kennel

2001-2006                            ArchitecturalExecutive, DP Architects

TEACHINGEXPERIENCE

Aug2016-Feb 2018              AdjunctLecturer, National University of Singapore (NUS),

Institute of SystemScience, Digital Service Design & Innovation Practice

Jan- Apr 2016                      AdjunctTutor, National University of Singapore (NUS), School ofArchitecture, Year 4 Embedded Design StudioProgram for Bachelor of Architecture

2008-2010                             AdjunctTutor, Singapore Polytechnic, School of Interior Design

ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2017-2018                    Adviser, InnovationByDesign Pgm, DesignSingapore/EDB                                            

2016-2018                   Land Transport Authority Architectural DesignReview Panel

2015-2018                        Judge, Nippon PaintYoung Designers Award

2009-2015                             Council Member,Singapore Institute of Architects

2012-2013                             Chairman,Architectural League, Singapore Institute of Architects

2013                                          Jury,World Architectural Festival (Housing Category)

2013                                          Architect-In-Residence,Singapore University of Technology & Design

2012                                          Chairman,Archifest, Singapore Institute of Architects

2009-2010                            Founder,Design Thinking Symposium

(in partnership with the NationalLibrary Board of Singapore) 

EXHIBITIONS

OnPoint!, Element Art Space, Dec 2016 – Jan 2017 

ARTWORKS

Kara Cafe, 2017 (Commissioned by Sogurt)

Singapore Room, 2005. (Commissioned by New Majestic Hotel, Singapore)

The Nutcracker, 2004. (Commissioned by The Singapore Dance Theatre)

The Frank Account, 2010. (Commissioned by OCBC)

Tasty Plaza!, 2013. (Commissioned by Lirea Properties)

Dream Storeys, 2016. (Commissioned by Clara Chow) 

AWARDS (DESIGN)

11TH LA BIENNALE DE VENEZIA, 2008

Represented Singapore in the Singapore SUPERGARDEN Exhibition


/ HOUSE AT 145 NEIL ROAD

Urban Redevelopment Authority Heritage Award 2014 (Residential)

Singapore Institute of Architects Design Awards 2015 (Honorable Mention)

LEAF Awards 2015, UK (Finalist)

Architizer A+ Awards 2016: Architecture & Preservation Category (Special Mention)


/ THE CRANES

A+D Awards 2015 (Best Heritage Building), HK

World Architectural Festival Awards 2015 (Old & New) (Finalist), UK 

SG Design Mark 2016


/ SINGAPORE AIRLINES SILVERKRIS LOUNGE

SG Mark 2014 Platinum,

Golden Pin Award 2015,

Sydney Good Design Awards 2015


/ STOCK EXCHANGE OF SINGAPORE

International Design Awards 2014


/ ONG&ONG EXPERIENCE DESIGN

Asia’s Top Designer 2014


/ SALADSTOP

Winner of SG Mark 2014


/ FRANK BANK BY OCBC

Banking & Payment Trailblazer Awards 2012,

Smart Card Awards Asia 2012,

Financial Insights Innovation Award 2013,

BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards 2013,

SG Mark 2014


/ HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BOARD’S BRANCH OFFICE OF THE

FUTURE AT PUNGGOL, SINGAPORE

Futuregov Award 2014 (Service Innovation)


/ THE NEW MAJESTIC HOTEL (under DP Architects)

Urban Redevelopment Authority Heritage Award 2006 (Commercial)

Singapore Institute of Architects Design Awards 2006 (Honorable Mention)

President’s Design Award 2006 (In association with MOD)


/ BETHESDA HALL CHURCH AT DEPOT WALK (under DP Architects)

Interior Design Confederation/ Nippon Paint Color My World Award Merit Prize 2004


FEATURED PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA (SELECTED)

Selected THE CRANE HOUSES & 145 NEIL ROAD

Publications Featured in Sustainable Luxury by Paul McGillick, Tuttle Publishing, 2015

HOUSE AT COTSWALD CLOSE

Featured In Dwell Magazine’s The Great 88, July/Aug 2012

LET'S EXPERIENCE DESIGN, by Mark Wee & Ken Yuktasevi, ONG&ONG Experience Design Studio, ORO Editions, 2015


TALKS (SELECTED)

SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS DESIGN TALK SERIES, JUN 2015

URA SPEAKER SERIES: SEMINAR ON CONSERVATION:

CAN BUILDINGS TALK? NOV 2014

A House of Story & Soul. 145 Neil Road

WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL, OCT 2013

The Value of Art & Architecture