WY-TO architects SARL

ORDRE S15017 – MAF 259993/B/10
40-42, rue de la Réunion
75020 Paris – FRANCE
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WY-TO pte. ltd.

UEN: 201017308G
Block 34, Upper Cross Street #04-132
Singapore 050034 – SINGAPORE
+65 6438 4090
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Guided by our philosophy, “Design with A Cause”, WY-TO Group combines research with a Planetary well-being approach in the design of cities, places, and spatial narratives for People.

The design practice was first founded in Singapore in 2010 and later co-founded in Paris in 2012. Our combined Asia and Europe reach has provided our clients in government services and private sectors to reap the systemic benefits of a global outlook and localised design thinking. We address present-day challenges coherently with our advocacy for climate sensitivity and regenerative design in the fields of Urban Planning and Place Design, as well as Architecture (FR). Outlining them are our Green Commitments derived from international benchmarks, adapted local policies, and the collective demonstrations of design outputs from our projects.

We view Experiential Design as a leading methodology in our evidence-based design process. Our focus broadens to enhance distinct identities and characters with our experience in developing scales of Culture Curation, Exhibition Design and Visual Communication.

Every project, from temporary interventions to long-term masterplans, is marked by our distinct human-centric strategy to enact holistic change and meaningful People-Planet continuities. We analyse community dynamics for our designs to reconcile and value-add as coexistence frameworks. Through Curation and Programming, we stimulate inclusive cultural interactions and accessible engagements in the built fabric.

We believe that only by grounding green objectives with strong community-driven perspectives can design solutions be made relevant and resilient in wider contexts.

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WY-TO Singapore founded by Yann Follain.

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WY-TO Paris co-founded by Pauline Gaudry.

A DECADE OF WY-TO

10 years of "Design with A Cause"

Formally established in 2021, WY-TO Group, consisting of WY-TO pte. ltd. and WY-TO architects SARL, continues to strive for excellence in the built environment through meaningful interventions.

GREEN

Launched officially in 2022, WY-TO Group aligns all design interventions to the 6 Green Commitments for total built prosperity.

Architectes basés à Paris et à Singapour, Pauline Gaudry et Yann Follain sont les cofondateurs de WY-TO.

L’approche méthodologique de l’agence s’inscrit dans un processus analytique de l’environnement humain, climatique, social et économique. C’est sur cette base que WY-TO s’engage à produire une architecture raisonnée, pérenne et résiliente au sein de laquelle les projets se veulent intemporelsEmprunt du contexte, la réinterprétation des savoirs faires et des pratiques traditionnelles est au cœur de cette démarche.

L’identité multiculturelle de WY-TO insuffle des propositions innovantes dans la requalification des usages : problématique centrale dans une société en perpétuelle évolution. Dans une perspective de durabilité, WY-TO travaille à l’amélioration du bien-être à partir de l’utilisation responsable des ressources, de solutions de recyclage, de ventilation naturelles et de dépollution.

Membre du Conseil international des musées (ICOM), et fort de l’ingénierie culturelle franco-singapourienne, l’agence mène des recherches qui visent à « Réinventer le musée » en alliant tradition et modernité, collections d’art et divertissement.

En 2016, WY-TO est lauréate du prix EUROPE 40 UNDER 40, décerné par le European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies et le Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Le prix récompense les 40 architectes de moins de 40 ans les plus prometteurs en Europe. WY-TO a également reçu le prix Future-Maker lors de la Conférence Mondiale d’Innovation à Pékin et la mention d’honneur au Concours International de design Red Dot en 2016.

WY-TO Singapore is a holistic built environment design practice that specialises in developing integrative experiential frameworks for sustainable cities in the context of tropical equatorial Southeast Asia climates.

Our accumulated local and regional projects include Masterplans and Place Visioning, Interpretive Design for Museums and Exhibition Journeys, Commercial and Office Environments, and Tangible and Intangible Heritage. Theoretically supported and research-based, our design strategies are implemented with local insights and a clear understanding of enabling liveability in high-density urban conditions. We balance visionary narratives with active engagements for green and empathetic solutions that mitigate tropical climate challenges while enhancing systemically all aspects of well-being.

With expertise in Experiential Design, we research and develop people-centric concepts at the scales of towns to cultural placemaking through visitor journeys. Our Team works at the intersection of various stakeholders to co-create inclusive plans by going beyond physical design boundaries. We focus on re-establishing and programming a sense of place, guided by the interrelation of culture and heritage, distinctive to Southeast Asia. We celebrate the diversity that communities shape through comprehensive and curated systemic processes. We enrich cultural identities and nurture accessible experiences for all.

We are committed to the belief of adapting contextual practices to meet global planetary objectives with a green conscience and collaborative mindset for cities, places and communities to be progressive, agile and healthy.

PAULINE GAUDRY
Cofondateur-Directrice 

Pauline Gaudry est cofondatrice de WY-TO Paris avec Yann Follain, fondateur de WY-TO Singapour. Elle est également cofondatrice de la société d’écotourisme Pobu Sustainable Holiday Houses, à Goa, en Inde. Avec Yann, elle est nommée Lauréate de la session 2016 de Europe 40 Under 40 parmi les jeunes architectes et designers européens les plus émergents d’Europe par le Centre Européen d’Architecture, de Design et d’Urbanisme et par le Chicago Athenaeum: Musée d’Architecture et de Design.

Son expérience professionnelle est multiple, débutant tout d’abord à Goa où elle initie ses premiers projets et recherches en architecture tropicale, notamment au sein de l’agence Architecture Autonomous dirigée par Gérard da Cunha, puis en France, où elle exerce chez Beguin & Macchini puis Dubus_Richez (maintenant Richez_Associes), et enfin en tant que chef de projet chez Daquin-Ferrière.

Ses compétences en architecture durable vont au-delà de la conception et s’axent sur l’innovation et la recherche, notamment avec le développement d’audits techniques qui mettent en lumière des solutions environnementales pérennes et adaptées à divers environnements architecturaux et urbains.

A l’occasion de visites architecturales & portes ouvertes, elle instaure un dialogue avec le public.  Elle anime aussi des ateliers qui sensibilisent les plus jeunes à l’architecture.

Elle est diplômée de l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville en 2005.

YANN FOLLAIN
Managing Director-Head of Design

Yann Follain is the Founder, Managing Director and Head of Design of WY-TO Group. In 2024, he was recognised by Le French Design as one of the Top 100 Designers and in 2016, one of Europe’s 40 Under 40 emerging young designers by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Yann’s multicultural background was built from his formative years in France and Southeast Asia and his experience as Project Coordinator and Team Leader for the National Gallery Singapore, at a time of positive growth in the city-state’s contemporary arts and museum scene.

Embracing multidisciplinary approaches for his Singapore practice has established Yann’s substantive expertise in cultural development and museum curation, interpretive planning, and experiential and exhibition design. As a result, he frequently speaks on design strategies relating to immersive cultural journeys, accessibility and inclusivity, regionally.

Together with his Team, Yann received the Future-Maker Award at the Beijing Global Innovation Conference and an Honourable Mention at the international Red Dot Design Competition in 2016. His festival directorship for the Archifest 2018 (Singapore Architecture Festival) was shortlisted for the 2020 President*s Design Award, Singapore’s highest design accolade. WY-TO also became the first Southeast Asia practice recognised by the global C40 Reinventing Cities competition in 2021, and a recipient of the Good Design Research Grant by DesignSingapore Council to conduct in-depth research on Singapore’s Well-being Framework in 2022.

Yann is currently one of the 5 curators of ‘Art in Transit’ by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), and has been a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 2017. Previously, he was the Singapore Co-chair of the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and a member of the Advisory & Commissioning Panel for the Public Art Trust in Singapore’s National Arts Council.

He received his Master of Architecture degree from one of France’s leading institutions, the National Architecture School of Higher Education of Paris-Belleville in 2005.


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TEAM / EQUIPE


Feranda CHUA
Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Graduate
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Emmanuelle DARID
Junior Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Undergraduate
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Jamie DING
Senior Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Graduate
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Marco-Alexander ELFTMANN
Junior Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Undergraduate
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Yann FOLLAIN
Founder-Managing Director
Head of Design
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Pauline GAUDRY
Cofondateur-Directrice
Architecte (FR)
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Aditya ROSLI
Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Graduate
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Audrey TAN
Marketing and Communications Executive
Well-being Advocate
Marketing Graduate
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Tracy TAN
Designer
Well-being Advocate
Architectural Graduate
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AWARDS

2024

LE FRENCH DESIGN AWARD
Top 100 Designers
Head/Home

2023

CAUE PRIX PALMARÈS ARCHITECTURES HABITÉES
Winner
Tout en Continuite

2022

URA ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AWARDS
Award for Conservation & Innovation (Distinction)
St James Power Station

Tatler Homes Design Awards
Best Use of Colour
Colours of My Life

2021

C40 Reinventing Cities
Winner
Good Food, Good Life

2020

President*s Design Award
Shortlist
ArchiFest 2018

2019

INDE.Awards
The Studio Finalist

2018

INDE.Awards
The Influencer Finalist
Mobile Lotus

2017

INDE.Awards
The Influencer Finalist
Living Shelter

2016

Europe 40 under 40
Europe’s Emerging Young Architects and Designers

Red Dot Award: Design Concept
Honourable Mention
Living Shelter

Future-Maker Award
Elite group of innovators

We are currently looking for new talents and look forward to finding new colleagues for our Singapore office.

01- INTERNSHIP ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER | WY-TO SINGAPORE / PARIS

We are currently looking to fill an Internship position for an Architectural Designer in our Singapore and Paris office. Only applicants who are available for a minimum of 4 to 6 continuous months will be considered.

Requirements:

  • Currently studying Architecture (at least in 3rd year of studies) detaining a training agreement, other relevant courses or fresh graduates with an Architecture degree
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, other language skills is a plus
  • Combine strong aesthetic design sensitivity and an outgoing, proactive and positive attitude
  • Thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and are a good team player
  • You’re able to manage time and tasks efficiently and show initiatives on everyday tasks
  • Skilled in AutoCAD, Sketchup and Adobe CS; Revit and Rhino knowledge is an asset
  • Candidates authorized or with the possibility to acquire authorization to work in Singapore are preferred

For application, kindly send a portfolio and CV preferably in PDF format not larger than 5mb at admin@wy-to.com

HOW TO APPLY:

If you would like to apply for a position, please forward your demand to admin@wy-to.com

For all applications, please send a portfolio (max 10 A4 pages, not larger than 5mb) including a CV with cover letter and representative samples of your work.

All requests addressed to the wrong email address or without portfolio will not be taken into consideration.

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ALUMNI

Arthur ADAM . Sophia AMROUCHE . Jimson ANDAL . Lucas ANDRE . Jaminah ARRIZZA . Maisarah ASIN . Kamilia AZZARA . Floriane BATAILLARD . Isabel BAUTISTA . Manon BELLANGER . Jonathan BENI-LOCCO . Kilian BERNO . Mathilde BLUM . Kelly BOGAERT . Alexis BOUCHER . Ilham BOUMANKHAR . François BOUVET . Wenrong CAI . Estrella CASTIEL-MARTY . Camille CHALVERAT . Dan CHAN . Dionysia CHASAPI . Max CHEN . Shao Wei CHENG . Feranda CHUA . Pamela CHUA . Tiphaine LE COLLETER . Heloise COLSON . Emmanuelle DARID . Kamaljit DHIMAN . Jamie DING . Bryce DONATO-EDWARDS . Leonore DOR . Tanguy DOUART . Florent DUBOIS . Anaelle DUMONTHIER . Marco-Alexander ELFTMANN . Houda EL MAWAS . Chen Wei ER . Simone ESPOSITO . Leslie FAISAN . David FALLOURD . Jiayi FAN . Claire FLEETWOOD . Auriane FLOQUET. Yann FOLLAIN . Laëtitia FRANCHI . Pauline GAHWILER . Tiziana GAIANI . Lavainya GANAPATHY . Pauline GAUDRY . Philippine GILBERT DE VAUTILBAULT . Shao Wei GOI . Michelle GOUW . Sophie GRUAU . Suja HAN . Trina HO . Chihchen HUANG . Rayyan IRFAN Bin Nornizam . Daud ISHAK . Imran ISMAIL . Adam JACK . Ruzaini JAFFAR . Domitille JALLARD . Johaqqis JOHARI . Deesha KADAM . Naufal KAMAL . Ali KAZEMI . Huda KHALIDAH . Shreya KHANDELWAL . Sarah KIM . Tovya KOH . Evangel KONG . Fang Yun KOH . Kieran KOH . Yi Heng KUAN . Ezri KWEK . Juliette LAFRASSE . Alex LAM . Ashley LAM .  Coralie LE THIESSE . Emillia LEE . Gilbert LEE . Sarah LEE . Ze Ming LEE . Sophie LEQUETTE . Sophie LIBERATORE . Charlotte LIM . Eangkong LIM . Lester LIM . Nick LUA . Otto LUI . Jonathan LEONG . Sharmaine LOH . Hélène MANY . Ai Lin MAO . Elise MARTINOT . Hannes MICHEL . Judith MIZUTANI . Mylène MOYSAN . Amirul NAZREE . Ignatius NG . Samantha NG . Si Jia NG . Xing Ling NG . Catherine NG . Kai Li NGIAM . Marie OEI . Aaron ONG . Angeline ONG . Benjamin ONG . Lennard ONG . Elodie PALASSE-LEROUX . Anaïs PARCHETA . Lucille PEYSSARD . Eliott PETIT . Antoine PIQUEMAL . Jonathan POH . Florelle PREVOT . Nicolas PROSI . Yushini QISTINA . Alvin QUEK . Manon RENAULT . Coralie ROBERT . Roxane ROCH . Aditya ROSLI . Keilyn RYO . Lea SAMSON . Liana SARWO . Vedika SAXENA . Karthik SHANBHOGUE . Leila SHIRAZI . Chelsea SIA . Gordon SUN . Suthata SUTHMAHATAYANGKUN . Michel SIM . Audrey TAN . Yen Kuang TAN .  Clare TAN . Matthew TAN . Sharon TAN . Tracy TAN . Yi Ann TAN . Yu Jie TAN . Zenon TAN . Yu Jie TAY . Yun Jun TAY . Crystal TEO . Rachel TEO. Rachel TESTARD . Jiayu TJONG . Jeraldine TOH . Min Jay TOO . Florencia WIBISONO . Cindy WITONO .  Ruth WONG . Wen YAP . Kevin YEO . Khystelle YEO . Natasha YEO . Raynard YU . Charissa YONG . Adam YOON .