We are a Singapore-based practice specializing in buildings and environments. Ong Ker-Shing and Joshua Comaroff began working together as Lekker Design in 2002, after studying architecture and landscape at Harvard University.
Our approach combines the specific requirements of the client with a range of ongoing explorations in geometry, in material and detail, and in architectural meanings and typologies. These do not result in a signature style so much as a way of thinking about how the elements of a building might go together.
We work for a range of private individuals and firms, including Hermès, JTC, Eu Yan Sang and The Hour Glass. Institutional clients include Yale University-National University of Singapore, Singapore Biennale, The National Parks Board (NParks), in addition to many Singapore government agencies and councils.
Recent projects have included houses and landscapes, as well as master planning and furniture design. We remain interested in research and writing projects, and the intersection of academia and practice. Having recently published a book of architectural history and theory, we are now working on a study commissioned by the Lien Foundation to imagine ten preschool buildings for unusual sites.
Shing spent much of her childhood in Singapore and the UK. For university, she left for Harvard, and completed three degrees: a B.A. in Fine Arts, as well as Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture (the latter two with distinction).
At Harvard, Shing met classmate Josh and the two began working together on small design projects, including their first built work, the Tamade bar in Singapore.
Shing relocated to Shanghai as a Wheelwright Fellow in 2002 to research the Art Deco housing of the French Concession. Excited by small-scale innovations occurring in socialized interiors, she documented residents’ living spaces and personal histories. She worked with Josh to produce a catalogue of photographs, drawings, and interviews.
Shing is a registered architect in Singapore. She is interested in the three-dimensional organization of buildings, as well as their emotive potential.
Josh is a design consultant with Lekker. He was raised in Chicago, and studied literature, linguistics, and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
He has worked for and studied under Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Moneo, Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Scott Cohen, Luis Rojo, and David Adjaye.
In 2009, Josh completed a PhD in cultural geography, writing on the subject of haunted landscapes and state power in Singapore. He has published writing in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and politics, with a focus in Asia.
Josh is interested in the intersection of art and architecture, and in multi-disciplinary design practice.
The work of Lekker Architects and Lekker Design has been featured in a wide range of publications, internationally and in Singapore. These have included Wallpaper*, Monocle, MARK, Surface, Dwell, ID, Habitat, Arquitectura Viva, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, The New York Times, Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. Online, our projects have been featured at Archdaily, Architizer, Dezeen, and Designboom, as well as other blogs and e-zines. A short film about our design approach was made in 2011 by Wallpaper*.