DesignSingapore Council Presents
Design Appreciation for All
Singapore's Instagram Stories
 (Clockwise from left) Jalan Sultan façade, Photo: © Darren Soh; Shinjuku. Tokyo. Japan. 2016, Photo: © Aik Beng Chia; Singapore Street Portraits, Photo: © Kevin WY Lee

(Clockwise from left) Jalan Sultan façade, Photo: © Darren Soh; Shinjuku. Tokyo. Japan. 2016, Photo: © Aik Beng Chia; Singapore Street Portraits, Photo: © Kevin WY Lee

More photographs of our multi-faceted city exists today than ever before. Thanks to built-in digital photography on mobile devices; as well the visual appeal of social media platforms such as Instagram. How do we perceive our built environment with these “Insta-images”? What architecture and urban design stories do these photos tell?

Find out from the perspective of three photographers who have a common passion for documenting scenes and the people of Singapore:

  • Kevin WY Lee, photographer and founder,
    Invisible Photographer Asia
  • Aik Beng Chia, photographer who documents daily lives of people on the streets of Singapore and around the world
  • Darren Soh, architecture and landscape photographer

Following their presentations, join the panel discussion moderated by Jia Xin Chum, Acting Associate MKPL Architects, where we will discuss the narratives of these photographic moments of our city.


  • DATE:                     Thursday, 6 April 2017
  • TIME:                      7.30pm–9.30pm
                                    (Registration starts 7.10pm)
  • VENUE:                   Auditorium, Level 2
                                    National Design Centre
                                    111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
  • ADMISSION:         Free (by registration only)                                                                   Refreshments will be provided
                                     or +65 6291 3686

Kevin WY Lee
Artist/ Creative Director/ Curator

Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He has worked in the creative industry in Asia and Australia for almost 20 years. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia. Through IPA, Kevin participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator and educator.

In his own practice, Kevin is interested in Singapore and Southeast Asia – their history, aesthetic and modern condition. A broader canvas is marked by a curiosity in mortality, and how people cope with the finiteness of being anxious political mortals.

Kevin has served as curator and jury for various festivals and programs, including the Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), WMA Masters Award (Hong Kong), Belfast Photo Festival (United Kingdom), Prix Pictet Award, PhotoQuai Biennale (France), Hong Kong Photobook Awards, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (USA) and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (Malaysia), to name a few.

Most recently, Kevin published a book of photograph titled Suddenly The Grass Became Greener and will be the 2017 curator of Odesa/Batumi Photo Days Festival in Ukraine.

Kevin WY Lee is a Design Graduate from the College Of Fine Arts, University Of New South Wales, Australia.

Available for Projects, Commissions and Consultancy.


Invisible Photographer Asia can be found on and

Aik Beng Chia

Also known as ABC, Aik Beng Chia started photographing in 2008.

His vivid and gritty images that focus on the daily lives of people on the streets of Singapore have earned him a strong following on Instagram numbering over 30,000. They have also caught the attention of UK newspaper, The Guardian in 2015, which let him take over the Guardian Travel Instagram account for a three-day special feature on Singapore as seen through his eyes.

Aik Beng has also been invited to be a contributor to Everyday Asia in 2014 on Instagram, and his works have been exhibited and published internationally.


Darren Soh

A sociologist by training, Darren Soh is presently a full-time architectural and landscape photographer. Darren’s personal works are an extension of his curiosity about how we live and the spaces we create as well as leave behind. He has a particular obsession with vernacular architecture and nocturnal spaces that are deemed too banal or insignificant to be noticed. He mostly photographs new pieces of architecture for work, but he also leads a double life documenting places and spaces that are in danger of disappearing.



About Moderator Jia Xin Chum

Jia Xin Chum has co-curated installations and exhibitions at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Venice Architecture Biennale, The Architectural League of New York and at the URA Atrium Gallery in Singapore. Trained as an architect, she is interested in how visual social media impacts the formation of the collective memory, and its power to engage the subtle intricacies of the built environment with its citizenry.

At MKPL Architects, she has been involved in award winning projects such as the Rail Corridor International Competition and other mixed-use integrated projects tackling issues of liveability in a high-density urban setting.

About MKPL Architects

MKPL Architects is an established Singaporean firm with a broad range of projects, awarded with more than 70 national and international awards, including RIBA International Awards for Architectural Excellence and the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Architectural Design Award.

The firm continues to diversify, tackling seminal contemporary concerns such as public housing planning and design, sustainable living environments, innovative educational spaces, adaptive reuse and preservation of existing urban fabric. Recently MKPL has celebrated its 20th anniversary with the publication of their first monograph: 'Relentless Pursuit of An Architecture'.