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lee may anne

principal architect

Having completed her formal architectural education in mid 1997 from National University of Singapore (NUS) with Honours, May Anne joined the public sector in 1998 after doing almost half a year of back-packing and travelling to various countries. Her two and half years with the public sector has built a firm and essential foundation on the reality of the professional practice. Moving from a large public sector architectural experience, she decided to join one of the largest architectural practices in the private sector in 2000, where she worked for about a year to gain an insight into how it differs from the public sector.

Prior to her professional degree graduation, she did a year of internship with then William Lim Associates in 1994/95 before returning to NUS to complete her last lap.


She was the lead architect and presenter for 2008 Shanghai world exposition, Singapore pavilion where her team was shortlisted. In the same year, she was the curatorial team for Venice biennale architecture pavilion.

During her senior years in NUS where she was a vice president of ‘The Architecture Society’ (TAS) where she co-run and co-organized the school events and architectural and art exhibitions together with her cohort. In her early years following graduation, she dabbled in stage design, art installation and exhibition with local theatre group and artist group respectively.
In 2002, she started her practice in pursuit of an idealistic journey ahead to discover and uncover the kind of architectural path that would be meaningful.  It is an individual desire to seek the constantly changing balance between the academics and practice, of a dreamer and the desire to build and to effect. To live this balance, she is an adjunct associate professor at the NUS (School of Architecture).

She's currently also a partner at SM(ALL) Architects LLP which focuses on architectural research and larger projects.

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