Matthew Lai is both the founding and current design director at Studio XMSL.

Matthew Lai graduated from the National University of Singapore, School of DesignEnvironment,Department of Architecture in 2006 as the overall top student &valedic torian of his cohort. Aside from receiving his Masters of Architecture, he was alsoawarded the Singapore Institute of Architecture Gold Medal, Board of Architects GoldMedal and the Architectural Alumni Association Book Prize

He established Studio XMSL Pte Ltd in 2009 and has went on to work on numerous Architecture and design projects. Specific amongst many of his design interest is the notion of Place & Home. He believes that the holistic combination of clever planning, interesting spatial strategies, strongaesthetic sensitivities, meticulous detailing and a rigorous care is essential to imbue spaces forliving with character and identity. A complete approach to design has Matthew exploring hisinterest concurrently in larger scale residential projects and in furniture design.

In2014, Matthew was awarded the Gold Award in the residential category of the Asia Pacific based IAI Design Awards for his project, Gable End Houses on Lynwood Grove.

Matthew firmly believes that this is where design truly begins and where it truly matters.

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  • BCI Asia Awards 2017 Inaugural Interior Design Award – Winner, Residential Category
  • IDEA Singapore Awards  – Winner, Silver Award , Best Workplace Design | Local | 2001-5000sqf

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  • Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards (APIDA HK) – Winner, Silver Award for Sample Space Category

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  • Registered Architect with Singapore Board of Architects
  • BCI Asia Design 21 Capital Competition: 02 X Merit Awards

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  • IAI Awards: Gold Award – Gable End Houses on Lynwood Grove/ Studio XMSL Pte Ltd
  • D+A Editorial’s Selection: 21 BOLD & YOUNG design practices

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  • National Museum of Singapore Curated: EVERYDAY OBJECTS

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  • Founding Director of Studio XMSL Pte Ltd
  • Studio Tutor at the NUS School of Design and Environment (2009 – 2013)

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  • Board of Architects Gold Medal
    – Awarded to overall top graduating M.Arch student
  • Singapore Institute of Architects Gold Medal
    – Awarded to overall top graduating M.Arch student
  • Architectural Alumni Association Prize
    – Awarded to best graduating M.Arch dissertation
  • Ministry of Design Pte Ltd (2006 – 2009)

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  • M.Arch 01 Board of Architects Prize
    – Awarded to overall top student for M.Arch 01

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  • Winning Tender Bid for Fort Canning Hill Masterplan
    – Part of Yearlong Internship experience in DP Architects Pte Ltd

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  • B.Arch Graduating Semester Dean’s List
  • NUS Hunter Douglas Award for Innovative use of Technology in Design
    – Awarded travel fellowship to Prague, Czech Republic
  • Internship with DP Architects Pte Ltd (2003 – 2004)
  • URA 10 Public Spaces International Ideas Competition
    – Winning Entry for Clemenceau Site
    – Winning Entry for Selegie Site

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  • 2nd Prize, National Library Idea Competition
  • Internship with LOOK Architects