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Yang Gao

Yang Gao

New York , NY, US

 

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About 

I am a graduating architecture graduate student of University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Though first attracted by the dazzling title of architect, I have come to realize that nowadays the design principle has changed. It is not only soundly based on fact but creativity, imagination, craft and skill are required to discover new principles and to integrate them in designed artifacts. I’m interested in “good fit” architecture and how it supports the high level of human performance. When “good fit” architecture is achieved, people get pleasure in occupying it; they feel good about using it and it becomes attractive and meaningful to them. During my graduate research career, I participated in the Material Culture Research Group and Inclusive Design Research Group. The material Culture Group was focused on exploring ways in which the culture of materials shapes our environment and contributes to our constructive sensibilities. From it, I understood material and learned construction through full scale fabrication, assembly and installation. The Inclusive Design Group is associated with the IDeA Center (Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access) at the University at Buffalo. The research group focuses on using multidisciplinary information such as ergonomics and psychology to create more fitting environments for a greater range of human abilities. From it, I understand that being a good designer not only needs to have strong concept, but also have to be user friendly.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Having the background in physics enables me to think about structure while designing. Also, my bilingual background would benefit my potential employer for international projects.
 

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Employment 

Archimuse, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

- Developing design concept.
- Making Physical Models.
- Drafting on floor plans, sections, exterior elevations, interior elevations.

Jul 2012 - current
 

Sub-Board I, Inc., Buffalo, NY, US, Web Master

- Designed new websites for Legal Assistance (subboard.com/legal), Health Education departments (sbihealtheducation.org) and developing website for Student Medical Insurance department.
- Revised and updated interfaces, layouts, site graphics, and controlled the database.
- Acquire proficiency in Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Notepad++, Wordpress.

Dec 2009 - Jul 2012
 

Tianjin ZhongYi Architectural and Planning Design Co., Ltd, Tianjin, CN, Intern

- Built 3D models by SketchUp and Revit, made presentation rendering and diagrams, participated in the review of shop drawings, provided architectural support to the lead architect in the design, coordination, and detailing of architectural materials and systems.
- Expanded knowledge of Autocad, SketchUp and Revit, improved skills on rendering, understood exchange files and link files to Revit Server.

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
 

Tenio Design and Engineering Co., Ltd, Tianjin, CN, Intern

- Made massing models, developed presentation layout and assisted on case study projects.
- Improved skills on 3D modelling, Photoshop and presentation diagrams and drawings, handcrafted making, cad drafting, translations.

Jul 2010 - Aug 2010
 

Education 

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

During my graduate research career, I participated in the Material Culture Research Group and Inclusive Design Research Group. The Material Culture Group was focused on exploring ways in which the culture of materials shapes our environments and contributes to our constructive sensibilities. During the process of design, I understood materials and learnt construction through full-scale fabrication, assembly and installation. The Inclusive Design group is associated with the IDeA Center (Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access) at the University at Buffalo. The research group focuses on using multidisciplinary information such as ergonomics and psychology to create more fitting environments for a greater range of human abilities.

Oct 2009 - current
 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, CN, Bachelors, Applied Physics

My applied physics background let me value the knowledge of structure and material.

Oct 2005 - Jul 2009
 

Awards 

Graduate Academic Scholarship, Scholarship

Dean's list 2009-2012

2012
 

Schmitz Travelling Scholarship, Scholarship

Dean's list 2009-2012

Barcelona Summer Study Abroad Program Barcelona, Spain May - July 2011
- Experienced architecture and urbanism through the unaccustomed perspective of another culture;
- Designed new entrance for Roman Museum, learned how the city grew up in layer and size.
- Translated ideas of three Barcelona’s prominent modern painters into constructed environment.

2011
 

Graduate Academic Scholarship, Scholarship

Dean's list 2009-2012

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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