Xuetong Zhai

Xuetong Zhai

Ann Arbor, MI, US

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I am currently a third-year student in M.Arch1 program studying in University of Michigan. I also have a background of Urban management during my undergraduate study.  I'm looking for a Architectural designer job after graduation in April.


Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group Co., Limited, Beijing, CN, Intern

*Engaged in Pingguoyuan Transportation Hub integrated design project, assist with the design of thecirculation and function arrangement of the new transportation hub, and presented to the partners.
*Used ArcGis, Illustrator and Photoshop to help with drawing the analysis diagram and project rendering.
*Had a better understanding of the detailed construction plan diagram and help with drawing in AutoCAD

Jun 2022 - Aug 2022

Sirui Bona Architectural Design Company Limited, Beijing, CN, Architect Intern

*Engaged in two residential projects and assisted the designers on modeling, rendering and diagram.
*Connected with customers to understand their design needs, and modify drawings in time according tocustomers' opinions.

Jul 2018 - Oct 2018

Beijing Morning Post, Beijing, CN, Intern of Social Media Department

*Assisted the editors and journalists to interview, take photos, and write about 15 press releases.
*Visited the remote rural area, communicate and interview with residents.
*Cultivated independent thinking ability, practiced communication, writing, logic and representation skills.

Jul 2017 - Oct 2017


Capital university of Economics and Business, Beijing, CN, Bachelors, Urban Management

My experience of urban management during my undergraduate study helps me gain a macro perspective in economy, policy, and ecology which I believe will help me a lot in considering architecture problems. Here are some of the courses I have taken: Urban Geography / Land Use Planning / Urban Ecological Economics / Urban Sustainable

Jan 2023 - current

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, M.Arch1

Throughout my graduate studies, I have focused on empathetic design to understand different people's situations and create flexible and diverse spaces. I paid close attention to minorities and inequalities in society, which I believe is crucial for architects to address. As part of my studies, I participated in exhibition design in Taubman’s Public Design Cooperation Project, where our team worked alongside the Jazz and Gender Justice Institute at Berklee College of Music to build a multi-disciplinary exploration that reimagines the shape and sound of jazz through the lens of gender equity. Additionally, I worked on a Morenci open pit mine remediation project that reimagined a sustainable future for abandoned mining resources. I learned how to collect the complex information including policy, ecology, technology, history and integrate them into a dynamic, related actor-network to raise up the design proposal. As an architect with strong empathy for others, I believe that caring and love should be at the core of every design project. I am committed to reimagining a future that breaks existing constrictions and provides a sustainable balance between humans, the economy, and society.

Jul 2020 - current


Project selected in 2022 Taubman college student show, Other

The project located in Detroit was aimed to build a civic wholesale market and make a fun. “Rock N’ Fun” tried to combine the rock wholesale and multiple rock experiences together, where guests could purchase for colorful rocks, participate in stone workshops, attend other various functions in bubble room. The project intended to build a relax and fun vibe for guests living in the city escape from their busy lives. To neutralize the hard and stiff impressions of rock, the stones are sorted into multiple colors, while plants and bubbles create a much relax vibe.


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