New York, NY, US

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I am Hanqing Yao, currently doing the Master of Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania and expecting to graduate in May 2021. I have been studying architecture for seven years. Growing up in Shanghai and moving to Berkeley, then to Philadelphia, the multi-cultural experience highly influenced me in my design discipline. During my study of Architecture, I mainly focused on establishing connections between routine life, people, nature, and the use of color space and material in architecture, and how they can change people's experiences of space. Moreover, I was fully engaged in many exhibitions/competitions with various artists and designers, which led me to develop a wide range of skill set for different design approaches and a keen understanding of how to turn ideas into actual making.


Polyhedral Structures Lab (PSL) at PennDesign, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant

Fabrication including 3D printing, concrete casting, and CNC milling; Digital Modeling on the compression structure using Grasshopper and Rhino; Simple coding; Publication Editing, Exhibition Space Organizing.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Steinberg Hart, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

Drawing making (Autocad), Fabrication, Modeling, and Design proposal making.

May 2015 - Jul 2015


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

GPA: 3.91
Expecting to graduate in May 2021.

Jul 2018 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Bachelors, Architecture Major

Aug 2014 - May 2018


Metropolis Future 100, Award

In 2021, Metropolis will recognize the top 100 graduating students from architecture and interior design programs in the United States and Canada and connect them with A&D firms across North America.


Surface Summer Competition, 1st Place

Surface Magazine's design challenge and competition for architectural/design solutions for a mobile medical testing unit for COVID-19, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.


E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowships, 2nd Place

E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowships established under his will in 1963 for travel abroad during the summer prior to the student's final year as a candidate for the first professional degree in architecture. A competition for these awards is conducted by the Department of Architecture in January.


Pressing Matter 10, Nomination

Nominated for Design Studio Work "Exposures Awash"


F. Schenk-Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship, 1st Place

F. Schenk-Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship in architecture awarded for travel abroad on the basis of competition.First Prize Winner for the design of a pop-up installation in Manayunk, Pennsylvania.


Pressing Matter 9, Nomination

Nominated for Design Studio work "Suspended Environments" and "The Tree House".


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