JUROR 2013

Voon Wong



Voon Wong was born in Singapore and attended the National University of Singapore Faculty of Architecture and the Architectural Association in London.

From 1990 he worked in the offices of Zaha Hadid and Rick Mather where he worked on the Vitra Fire Station and on new student accommodation in the University of East Anglia respectively. Voon broadened his experience next by joining SAA, Singapore where he worked on commercial projects in South-East Asia. In 1994 he joined Zaha Hadid’s competition team for the award winning Cardiff Opera House entry. Voon Wong Architects was formed in 1997 where the emphasis was on residential and commercial work. In 2001 he teamed up with Benson Saw to create a new product design studio, designing a series of award winning lights, furniture and tableware, including the selection for the leading Italian design prize the Compasso D’Oro and the Oxo Peugeot Lighting design award. The studio's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including the Milan Triennale. In 2006 the two studios were brought together under the name VW+BS and became a multidisciplinary practice offering architecture, interior, product and lighting design. The studio has completed over 200 international projects from commercial showrooms in London and Kuala Lumpur, residential housing from individual houses to commercial developments, a hotel in the Genting Highlands, curatorship of several exhibitions including the inaugural 100% Design Show in Singapore, and the award winning work for Virgin Atlantic Airways for their Upper Class Cabin and Bar. Voon Wong was awarded the President’s Design Award 2012 for Designer of the Year. The studio is currently nominated in the 2013 INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Awards to be announced in October.