Yichao Chen

Yichao Chen

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I completed a master degree of architecture and newly graduated from University of Southern California in May this year. My bachelor degree of architecture received from Wuhan University as well as University of Dundee.

I had three internship experiences, the latest of which happend in AZL Architects, which is led by famous architect Zhang Lei in China. My skill of building digital model and graphic drawing was recognized by him.

I am interested in how people percept the environment in an architecture, and an architect can create such a building by caring about space, material and structure.



AZL Architects, Nanjing, CN, Intern

Participated in five projects on design, program arrangement, technical drawings, model building, renderings and texts.
Joined in Architectural Scheme Design of OPPO International Headquarters Building Competition.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Zhejiang Historical Architecture Design & Research Institute, Hangzhou, CN, Intern

Participated in field research, drew CAD drawings, and choreographed texts.
Engaged in the repair work of Xiaguang Bridge in Taishun, Huzhou.

Jul 2017 - Aug 2017

LUOJIA Architecture design Institute, Wuhan, CN, Intern

Designed and built architecture models for the tutor, did rendering and choreographed texts.
Joined in Professional teaching building of School of Urban Design WUH competition.

Jan 2017 - Mar 2017


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, M. arch 2

This 2-year NAAB program armed me with logical methodology and vanward thinking, so see and question architecture on its essence, the space, and the relationship with the city.

Aug 2018 - current

University of Dundee, Dundee, GB, BArch, Architecture

It is a program run together with Wuhan University. Compared to domestic study, I got to know more about structural and constructional knowledge which can be used in my studio design. Also, Design Research Studio gave me a chance to explore a more personalized side relative to architecture, and a "thinking machine", similar to installation art, was produced to present the research creatively.

Sep 2013 - Jun 2018

Wuhan University, Wuhan, CN, BArch, Architecture

It is a program run together with University of Dundee. Production skills and systematic theories were taught, and several field studies and competition experiences enabled me to work in different situations and cooperate with others.

Sep 2013 - Jun 2018

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, CN, Summer School

The course focused on several selected architectural sites of historic or cultural significance in Harbin. Used low-cost but advanced digital technologies to record 3D form and 360 videos on the site, and created interactive and immersive exhibits to represent the space, such as Augmented Reality.

Jul 2016 - Jul 2016


2020 USC School of Architecture Traveling Fellowship, Scholarship

Traveling fellowships provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to further their global knowledge base. Being selected as a traveling fellow can be a life-changing journey and a truly enriching part of the academic experience at USC Architecture.


“The Second Prize” in Basketball Game of School of Urban Design of Wuhan University, 2nd Place


“The Second Prize” in the Kite Competition in the theme of “Promoting Core Socialist Values”, 2nd Place


ART&TECH Competition, 3rd Place

Gained the “Excellence Award” with the work of “Lifen Architecture Renovation”


“The First Prize” in freshman debate competition of School of Urban Design of Wuhan University, 1st Place


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