Under the design collective of Temporary Office, Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Min Yi Lee, sometimes in collaboration with their friends and colleagues, have worked on an array of projects crossing the boundaries of architecture, public space, installation, product design and branding. With a strong emphasis on historic research and precedence, the collaborative seeks to constructively respond to the ever-changing needs of our environment in a rational yet playful way.


Vincent (Yee Foo) Lai

Vincent is a Architectural/ Industrial Designer based in New York. He is interested in design that heightens our sensibilities to dexterity, craft and human connection. Vincent holds a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from NUS Singapore, where he received the AKZO Nobel Gold medal for distinction in Architectural Design. With a wealth of design and research experience, he has worked in esteemed firms such as Adjaye Associates, Trahan Architects, SOM, OPEN Architecture, and Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

Douglas (Min Yi) Lee

Douglas is a Chinese-Canadian designer working in New York City. He holds a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, Design & Management from UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. His past work experience includes OMA/AMO, SANAA, BIG, Neri and Hu, Atelier Deshaus, SLA, The Open Workshop and NEMESTUDIO. His academic and professional work has been published and exhibited at the Cooper Union, UC Berkeley CED, UCL Bartlett, the Architectural Association, and University of Hong Kong. Douglas is also co-founder of the award-winning design collective Otherprojects with Nicolas Lee and Kelvin Ho.

Current Team
Douglas Min Yi Lee, Vincent Yee Foo Lai, Tszho (Sam) Ho

Past Collaborators

Bryant Nguyen
Chris Gomez

Ellen Huang
Kelvin Ho
Nicolas Lee
Tszho (Sam) Ho
Xiaokang Feng
Yang Xie
Victor Lee
Vladimir Vustyansky