New York, NY, US



Ruoyun Xu is dedicated to designing interactive and reflective experience in urban, architectural and human scales with a wide range of knowledge. His trans-disciplinary and multi-scalar approaches enable him to intentionally avoid claiming a defined title such as “architect” or “urban-designer”, since he believes his practice can’t be categorized into any field separated and isolated from others by clear boundaries. His practice is both grounded and visionary by stretching his lenses throughout the spectrum of time to examine the past, presence and future, aiming at not only adapting to the existing conditions based on real experience but also anticipating the prospective lifestyles and behavioral patterns by challenging the established conventions. He believes lifestyle is not only one’s way of living, but also one’s perception of the life, the world and the self, while behavioral patterns are the physical representations of this perception, and he takes design as a medium to convey the perception and representation. He values the appropriate balance in between function and form and the active integration of human demand and aesthetic pursuit, seeking a mutually influencing model instead of a unilaterally dominating one. He conceives design as the ultimate methodology to bridge in between human and nature.


Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, JP, Intern

Bali Villa Project, Indonesia / 3500 sqm - 3d & Physical Model, Masterplan/Plan Drawing, Structural Detail Design

Yangshuo Six Senses Resort Project, China / 5000 sqm - Masterplan Drawing, Physical Model

Hualien Urban Complex Project, Taiwan / 7000 sqm - Physical Model

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, US, Extern

Water Street POPS Project, Manhattan - Conceptual Design, Plan/Landscape Drawing

Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Zhu Wenyi Studio, Beijing, CN, Assistant Architect

Qianmen Dashilan Commercial Street Project / 800 sqm - Conceptual Design, Rendering, Plan/Section Drawing

Xiushui Chen Yinque Museum Project / 6000 sqm - Conceptual Design, Rendering, Masterplan/Plan/Section Drawing

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture in Urban Design

Graduate with Distinction;
Multiple Distinctions and High-Passes for design studio courses;
Developed not only designing methodologies but also communicating skills in teamwork.

Aug 2014 - May 2016

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, MArch, Master of Architecture

Having the former dean Prof. Wenyi ZHU as supervisor and focusing on urban theories especially based on contemporary Chinese cities.

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Having established a solid foundation in architectural design capabilities

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

Areas of Specialization