Yanrong Gao

Yanrong Gao

Toronto, ON, CA



As a creative architect and urban planner with the ability for combining functional, aesthetic, geographic, economic and social forces in a variety of environments, I possess broad background in architecture and urban planning history, theory, technology, ecology and human factors. Through my working on projects in China, North America and North Africa which involved in architectural design, urban planning and management, I have accumulated 21 years diverse professional experience including project feasibility studies, conceptual & schematic design, design development, construction documents design and project management. I have worked in a Chinese state owned Class A architectural design institute for 13 years and in several American, British and Canadian famous design firms for more than 8 years and have acted as senior architect, director architect, principal architect and the leader of many large scale projects.



GAP Design LLC, New York, NY, US, Founding Principal

Through our extensive international professional practice, strive to bridge the gap:
-- between the macroscopic planning rationality and the specific architecture sensibility;
-- between the pursuit of science/technology progressing and the rethinking of environment/energy saving;
-- between the traditional culture/styles and modern concept/technology;
-- between the needs of developing Eastern world and the experience of developed Western world.

Oct 2011 - current

B+H Architects, Shanghai, CN/Toronto, ON, CA, Senior Architect/Project Manager

Responsible for development of conceptual and schematic designs & elaboration and production of design development drawings; Check each phase of drawings provided by the local design institute; Liaise with client, LDI, related government for design or technical clarification.

Feb 2011 - Jul 2011

WS ATKINS Overseas Ltd, Shanghai, CN, Principal Architect/Project Manager

Responsible for leading the project team and making project delivery to meet the client requirement in terms of project quality, scheduling, and cost; Responsible for project presentation and client management; Supported Department Manager with the business development and staff management.

Sep 2007 - Aug 2010

Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Responsible for developing conceptual & schematic designs within program and cost requirements; Mentored junior architects.

May 2007 - Jul 2007

TRO Jung|Brannen, Boston, MA, US, Project Designer

Responsible for developing conceptual & schematic designs within program and cost requirements; Mentored junior designers.

May 2006 - Mar 2007

CNADRI, Shenzhen, Shenzhen, CN, Architect/Senior Architect

Responsible for leading the project team in conceptual & schematic designs, preliminary designs, construction documents production and construction administration; Undertook feasibility studies and researched code issues; Coordinated with consultants and contractors.

Aug 1990 - Aug 2003


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Urban Planning

I have studied knowledge and theories in urban planning especially from the social, economic and environmental angles.
In several studios, I have focused on large-scale community planning projects as they relate to the issue of urban revitalization and how physical design can alter social behavior in differing neighborhood block patterns as well as the application of sustainable development theory. Among them, I ranked No. 1 in the studio of Reimagining Dudley.
My graduation studio is the Regional Planning for Southeastern Massachusetts. The environmental, economic, and cultural implications that a range of population and industrial growth trends could cause to the region and the redevelopment strategies were my object of study.

Sep 2003 - Mar 2006

Tianjin University, Tianjin, CN, Bachelors, Architecture

1990 Graduation GPA ranked No. 1 in class;
1990 Graduation Design: Dai Village of the Chinese Folk Culture Village, Shenzhen. Completed in 1991;
1989 Student of Academic Excellence of Tianjin University;
1988 Merit Student of Tianjin University;
1988 The Second Class People’s Scholarship of Tianjin University

Activities and Societies: 1986-1990 Member on the Class Committee in charge of class publicity of Class 1986; 1988 Solo Singer at New Year's Celebration of Dept. of Architecture; 1988 Athlete of Volleyball Team of Dept. of Architecture; 1986-1988 Athlete of the Track & Field Team of Tianjin Univ.; 1987 Director of Class 1986 Female Team in the Singing Competition of Tianjin Univ.; 1987 Lead Member of the Aerobics Team of Tianjin Univ.

Sep 1986 - Jul 1990

Shijiazhuang No. 2 Middle School, Shijiazhuang, CN, High School, Secondary Education

1986 Overall Score Ranked No. 1 in Science Students of Hebei Province in National College Entrance Examination;
1986 Recommended for admission to Dept. of Architecture, Tianjin Univ.;
1986 Municipal Merit Student & Leader;
1986 "Special A Student" of school;
1983-1986 Merit Student of school each semester;
1985 Ranked No. 2 in the 4X400 Relay in Municipal Middle School Track & Field Games.

Activities and Societies: 1983-1986 Member on the Class Committee in charge of class publicity; 1983-1985 Lead Member of the Fine Art Group of School; 1983-1985 Athlete of the Track & Field Team of School; 1983-1985 Editor of Blackboard Newspaper of School; 1984 Director of Singing Team of Class.

Sep 1983 - Jul 1986

Shijiazhuang No. 9 Middle School, Shijiazhuang, CN, Secondary Education

1983 Recommended for admission without exams to No. 2 Middle School (Provincial Key School);
1983 Municipal Merit Student Model;
1980~1983 Merit Student of school each semester;
1983 Top Ranking in 400m Running in Municipal Middle Student Track & Field Games;
1982 Award of Excellence in National Children's Art Exhibition.

Activities and Societies: 1982 Lead Member of school team to attend Municipal Student Intelligence Competition; 1980-1983 Member on the Class Committee in charge of class publicity; 1980-1983 Lead Member of the Fine Art Group of School; 1980-1983 Athlete of the Track & Field Team of School; 1980-1983 Editor of Blackboard Newspaper of School.

Sep 1980 - Jul 1983


The Design Award of Special Recognition; An Honorable Mention in the Healthcare Sector;The International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design; LEED Silver certification, Award

University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine: Large scale academic building with laboratories, research center, offices and meeting rooms, 53,000 square meters, in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A., completed in 2010.


Winner of International Design Competition for Ecological Landscape District of Guitang River, 1st Place

Large scale mixed-use planning project with residential communities, primary and middle schools, a commercial center, and a city park, 1,582,000 square meters, in Changsha, P.R. China, under construction.


Studio: Re-imagining Dudley, 1st Place

Urban design project at Dudley Square Station of Metro Silver Line, including a regional commercial hub, community center and residential lots, 28.5Ha, in Boston, MA, USA.


Winner of International Design Competition for Futian Transportation Hub, 1st Place

Futian Transportation Hub: Long distance bus, local bus and subway stations, 92,000 square meters, in Shenzhen, P.R. China.


The Second Class Excellent Schematic Design Prize of CSCEC, Award

Daqing Building: won design competition in 1997 and completed in 2000.


The Third Class Excellent Thesis Prize in 99’ Architectural Design Symposium of CSCEC, Award

“The Integration of Rationality and Sensibility – The Design and Thinking for Daqing Building”


Winner of National Design Competition for Daqing Building, 1st Place

Daqing Building: Mixed-use tower containing commercial, office, hotel and residential spaces, 33-story, 38,000 square meters, in Shenzhen, P.R. China.


Winner of National PD Competition for Great China International Exchange Plaza, 1st Place

Great China International Exchange Plaza: Large scale complex with a 42-story office building and hotel and apartment towers as well as a mixed-use podium, 380,000 square meters, in Shenzhen Futian Central District, P.R. China, completed in 2004.


The First Class Excellent Schematic Design Prize of CSCEC, Award

Dandong Riverfront Development Zone, Commercial Pedestrian Street, completed in 1993.


The First Class Excellent Schematic Design Prize of CSCEC, Award

Dalian International Airport: won design competition in 1990 and completed in 1992.


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