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My name is Yifan Wang. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, I grew up around design and architecture in a family of architects and construction managers - construction sites were my playground and bricks and mortar were my toys.
My fascination with languages, visualization of ideas, and problem-solving finally led me to architectural design in New York City. I constantly look for organic and emotionally engaging solutions to design problems, as design is fluid and must take on a life of its own while responding to the dreams and limits of the client. Music, nature, literature, an overwhelming desire to explore, and efficiency are my strongest design influences.
Learning is my greatest interest of all time. I also enjoy making music, cooking, woodworking, sculpture, and great conversation. My language skills and unique experience of living in different cities around the world (Taipei, Tokyo, Berlin, and New York) make me a critical thinker with a global view.
Ai Group, Taipei, TW, Interior designer
SD and DD of Double Square Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.
formactiv architecture, Brooklyn, NY, US, interior architect
SD, DD, CA, and client communication for various residential & commercial projects.
2012 | UWS townhouse W | 5,000 sf | DD
2012 | UWS townhouse D | 5,200 sf | DD
2013 | UWS duplex B | 1,600 sf | DD, CA, & client communication
2013 | Inwood apartment bathroom renovation | 40 sf SD, DD, CA, & client communication
2013 | West End Ave apartment | 900 sf | SD, DD, CA, & client communication
2014 | UWS townhouse T | 5,400 sf | SD, filing, DD, CA, & client communication
2014 | E9th St duplex | 1,200 sf | SD, DD, CA, & client communication
2014 | 5th Ave penthouse | 1,500 sf | SD, DD, CA, & client communication
2014 | Window Fix showroom & office | 2,000 sf | SD, DD, CA, & client communication
Pratt Institute Rapid Prototyping Lab, Brooklyn, NY, US, Rapid Prototype Technician
Shop technician for 3D printing and laser cutting.
Formavision // Studio Seb Leon, New York, NY, US, Design intern
Preparation for lighting concept for Diesel flagship store in NYC.
Sleep No More (Punchdrunk UK), New York, NY, US, Production Design (Volunteer)
I volunteered for British theater company Punchdrunk for production design for their site-specific play "Sleep No More" in New York City. My responsibility was to create numerous hand sketches in one of the rooms, the Detective Room.
YM Design Group, Taipei, TW, Interior Designer/ Assistant to Chair
SD, DD, and CA for a corporate office design (ipac Taiwan).
Tatung Co., Taipei, Taiwan, Sales representative for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Sales representative for set top boxes designed for Microsoft TV. Clients include Deutche Telekom (Germany) and DU (Dubai).
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, TW, Graphic Designer
I was responsible for graphic design (book covers and web design) for the literary journal "Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies" during my academic years in English Department of National Taiwan Normal University.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Interior Design
Master program of Interior Design at Pratt Institute ranks #1 in the States and has more focus on interior architecture when compared to similar programs offered by other schools. During my study at Pratt I took advantage of various classes offered by different schools (Architecture and Fine Art) and acquired a set of skills that made me different from other interior designers- being able to create artwork and furniture in woodworking (Fine Art) and a study in Morphology (Architecture school) were some of the greatest highlights of my academic years at Pratt.
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, Bachelors, English
Study of English literature and linguistics.