Simone Shu-Yeng Chung


Simone Shu-Yeng Chung (NUS) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and M.Phil. in Screen Media and Cultures from the University of Cambridge. Before pursuing academia, she practiced as a chartered architect in the UK after completing her architectural studies at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She has won several international fellowships such as the 2020 CCA Research Fellow in Architecture, Japan Foundation Asian Center fellowship and Rome Scholar in Architecture award.

Her interests resides in the synergistic potential offered by visual and moving images to architecture and urban research, and issues concerning contemporary culture, conservation and intangible heritage in Asia. Publications include The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore (2020, Amsterdam University Press) co-edited with Mike Douglass, book chapters and articles on architectural and urban research and visual spatial studies. She was international co-investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project CineMuseSpace: Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences (2017-2020, PI: François Penz) at University of Cambridge, UK and co-principal investigator on the Ministry of Education Tier 1 AcRF project Re-mappings, Re-constructions, Re-layering and Re-visits: Cinematic pasts as urban cultural resources (2015-2018, PI: Liew Kai Khiun) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.



Simone is a curator for the Singapore pavilion at the 17th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (2021). Ongoing research projects include Deciphering the Spatial Rhetorics of Millennial Nomads (2019-2021, PI: Simone Chung) at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, supported by a Ministry of Education Tier 1 AcRF grant and a Teaching Enhancement Grant at NUS (2020-2021) to assess the adoption of digital design toolkits for studio-based learning and thinking. She is also working on a monographic project on the immaterial architectures of the twenty-first century.


1. Chung, Simone Shu-Yeng. 2020. “Polyphonic Asia: Contemporary City Symphonies of Singapore and Seoul.” In Narrating the City: Mediated Representations of Architecture, Urban Forms and Social Life, edited by Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu, Türkan Nihan Hacıömeroğlu and Lisa Landrum, 112-30. Bristol: Intellect.
2. Chung, Simone Shu-Yeng, and Mike Douglass, eds. 2020. The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
3. Chung, Simone Shu-Yeng. 2018. “The Coliseum Theatre, Kuala Lumpur: A Site for Collective Engagement, A Space of Urban Imagination.” Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 28 (2), 212-34.
4. Chung, Simone Shu-Yeng. 2015. “A Glimpse into the Social Cosmology of the Yokoyama Family in ‘Still Walking’ (2008).” Scroope: Cambridge Journal of Architecture 24 (Future Domestic), 22-37.
5. Chung, Simone Shu-Yeng. 2012. “An Occasion for Collective Engagement: Shifting Political Hegemonies in Early Malay Epic Dramas.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 12 (1), 136-54.