Shyue Woon (b.1975), trained as an Architect, uses photography as a tool to explore subtext in the built environment. In his daily practice as an architect, he turns aspirations and dreams into constructible reality. At night, he reverses the process – deconstructing reality and spaces into fiction and figments of imagination.

Shyue Woon’s debut photobook “Dark Cities” won the inaugural First Draft Award by THEBOOKSHOW. Woon was also selected as an artist in Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers Showcase 2016 and his work has been exhibited in Turkey, Japan, Ukraine, Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. His works were also selected for +50, a collective for Singapore's Photographers; and “Thank you, Mr Lee” (2015), a book tribute to late LKY.

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Photo by Kevin WY Lee


[SEP 2022] CARPARK. Singapore International Photography Festival, SIPF 2022. 


[July 2019] ART STAYS Festival, Ukraine.
[April 2018] New Margins, Deck, Singapore
[April 2018] Singapore Unseen. Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
[July 2017] Response to Northeast Hinterland. Objectifs, Singapore
[Mar 2017] FirstDraft. Objectifs, Singapore
[Nov 2016] I.F.P. Melbourne, Australia
[Nov 2016] EPHEMERA. Substation, Singapore
[Sep 2016] Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers. Kobe, Japan
[Apr 2016] Odessa//Batumi Photo days. Odessa, Ukraine
[July 2015] Obscura Festival 2015 Preview. Awe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
[July 2015] Sombra Projects, Singapore.
[Nov 2014] BlowUp @Angkor - 10th Angkor Photo Festival. Siam Reap, Cambodia
[Sep 2015] Shooting Home Reunion Show. Artistry, Singapore
[July 2014] Shooting Home 2014 Grad Show. Objectifs, Singapore.


[Dec 2019] Carpark, FRACTION JAPAN ANNUAL 2019
[Apr 2018] DARK CITIES Trilogy
[July 2017] Response to Northeast Hinterland.
Published by Exactly Foundation
[May 2017] IPA MZ Editions. Published by IPA
[Dec 2016] European Photography 100 Issue.
[Apr 2016] +50. Published by Platform
[Apr 2015] Thank you Mr Lee. Published by Platform / Basheer Graphic Books


[Sep 2018] Finalist, Encontros de Imagem Open Call, Portugal
[Aug 2018] Finalist, Singapore International Photography Festival Photobook Open call
[June 2018] Finalist. IPA Award for Photobook 2018
[Mar 2017] FirstDraft Award. Objectifs, Singapore for ‘Dark Cities’
[Dec 2016] Tokyo Foto Awards, Silver in Editorial Category for ‘Euljiro’
[Sep 2016] Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers for ‘Car Park’


[Sep 2022] SIPF 2022, Singapore
[Jun 2019] UNFOLD, Shanghai
[Aug 2018] Obscura Foto Festival, George Town, Penang 
[June 2018] Singapore Art Book Fair
[Mar 2017] First Draft

Interview by Kevin WY Lee (IPA) for Video Series: Making Personal Projects

Real Cities

As practicing Architect (ARB registered), my main role is to design, manage and construct highly complex development, e.g. super high rises office towers, mixed-used developments, airports and train stations projects; in cities such as London, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and South-east Asia region. For every project, detailed urban morphology studies including social, cultural and economic aspects will be carried out, to ensure the proposed development able to fulfil existing needs and to benefit future generations. 

Archive of selected Architectural projects



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