Yin Wai Au

Yin Wai Au

New York, NY, US



Yin was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied architecture at Pratt Institute, one of the most sought-after colleges in New York City. Upon graduation, Yin spent 7+ years working directly with the Principle, Radoslav Opacic, an AIA Award winning Architect, who is also one of the Best 14 Architects in Westchester, NY. Over the years at Opacic Architects, Yin has become an integral part of a design and production team, and many of the projects she participated in received Best Design awards. Yin forged a sharp skillset which she still relies on to turn her creative vision into an architectural reality. Yin later ventured towards INC, a younger and more energetic NYC-based design firm, where she further developed her architectural language. INC helped broaden Yin’s experience from refined single-family residential buildings to boutique-commercial design. Her projects at INC have ranged among others from boutique fitness centers to hotels and restaurants.


YinWaiAu Architect, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Design + Build
Music Recording Studio, Hong Kong <500 sf - 3k >
Low Budget renovation for a young professional musician - Transform an office space into a recording and rehearsal ready space.

Design Architect
The Eye Brooklyn, Brooklyn <Not for Profit>
Community Center for Film and Art: Proposal, Feasibility study, Programmatic and Spatial Study, Schematic Design

Jan 2019 - current

INC Architecture & Design, New York, NY, Architect

Architectural Lead
Manville Residential Complex, MA
Exterior façade and building construction details
James Hotel - Restaurants, DC (9000 sf)
Spatial planning, ADA and filling
Project Manager
20 Broad Amenity AOR+ID (24000 sf)
Gut renovation of the cellar levels in a high rise building into one bi-level high end amenity and fitness center. Managed consultants and junior members for CD set delivery and detail quality control
W34 St Rental, NYC
Oversaw and managed Construction Administration Phase
Orchard St Condo, NYC
Oversaw and managed Construction Administration Phase

Feb 2017 - Nov 2018

Opacic Architects / YWA Studio, New York, NY, Senior Designer

Project Designer, (Freelance) YWA Studio / Opacic Architects 2014 - Present
Long Island Residence (4200 sf) Single family gut renovation + rear extension
Stadley Rough Rd, CT (3100 sf -$350k) New single family wood frame on existing foundation

Apr 2014 - Dec 2015

Opacic Architects, Irvington, NY, Project Manager

Project Manager 2013-2015
Heathcote Rd Residence (40000 sf - $11M)
Single family residence. Millwork detailing and specifications in major rooms throughout the mansion.
48th St Residence, NY (3800 sf - $2M)
Penthouse gut renovation with all new fenestration, and imported Italian cabinetry.
Upper West Side Residence Custom built-in millwork
Appleton Pl, NY (3780 sf- $550k)
Single family residence. Exterior and interior renovation and side extension, custom cabinet throughout.
President St, Brooklyn (2500 sf - $300k)
Brownstone duplex apt with new custom kitchen, bathrooms + custom cabinet throughout

Jun 2013 - Jun 2013

Opacic Architects, Irvington, NY, Junior Architect

Junior Architect 2009-2013
Sherman Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY Schematic Design through Bidding
Star Farm Rd, Purchase, NY Schematic Design through Bidding
Willon Lane, Scarsdale, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents
Upper East Side Apartment, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents
Columbus Circle Apartment, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents

May 2009 - May 2009


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2004 - May 2008

County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ, , Associate in Art

Jan 2002 - May 2004

Areas of Specialization