Joe-Hynn Yang

Joe-Hynn Yang

New York, NY, US

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Interior designer focusing on luxury mixed-use towers, workplace, hospitality and arts / cultural institutions. Full proficiency in CAD, Revit, Adobe CC Suite especially Photoshop & Indesign, 3D Studio Max, Sketchup & VRAY Rendering, as well as general proficiency in Rhino & Illustrator. Excellent architectural conceptualization via hand-sketching and watercolor. Thrives in creative team environments, straightforward, passionate, dedicated.

Former auctioneer, art dealer, and respected Chinese art expert. Transferable skills include excellent verbal & graphic presentation skills, comprehensive familiarity with Western & Asian art history, curatorial/conservation/museum lighting & display standards including real-world exhibition design experience, global business-getting and management experience including working with consultants, contractors, scientific analysts, and union crews. Lastly, extensive network and credibility for specification sourcing with contemporary art dealers, vintage & antique furniture & textile suppliers, commercial architectural materials. 

MFA (Interior Design), New York School of Interior Design (3yr-program, with honors & awards)
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Brasenose College, Oxford University (3yr-program, with honors & awards)


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architectural Professional

Jan 2018 - current

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US, Junior Architectural Professional

Construction Documents in CAD & Revit for all phases, focusing on luxury mixed-use towers, workplace and executive suites, hospitality and arts cultural institutions.

3D modeling & visualization in Rhino, Sketchup, 3DSMax, including rendering in VRAY.

Presentations and diagrams developed in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Powerpoint.

Outstanding supplementation in hand-sketching, watercolor, and verbal / written presentation skills.

May 2017 - Dec 2017

Artvest LLC & TEFAF New York, New York, NY, US, Design Coordinator

Artvest is co-owner of TEFAF New York, bringing the world's biggest and most respected fair in contemporary art and antiques currently in TEFAF Maastricht, to New York at the Park Avenue Armory. The first Ocfober fair specialised in antiques, and the next coming up in May 2017 specializes in contemporary art.
The design team is Tom Postma Design based in the Netherlands, and I assisted Artvest in coordinating between the Dutch team and the Park Avenue Armory administration given their historic preservation issues in the Stanford White interiors and Herzog de Meuron restorations.
Worked with CAD drawings, Sketchup models and renderings and coordinated with suppliers and union/non-union crews for contractors, booth construction, and dealer install-deinstall, given the complex and limited timeframe for move-in.

May 2016 - May 2017

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Intern, Summer Internship Program

CAD & Revit drawings to professional RAMSA standards
Photoshop & InDesign post production on DBOX renderings and presentation materials
Sketchup modeling and 3D Studio Max / VRAY rendering of interior schemes.
Material selection for FF&E, specification writing and collation.
Quick hand sketches in graphite and watercolor for presentations.
Official internship program culminated in one-day charette before Mr. Stern, a dozen partners, and numerous assembled staff - I was the kickoff presenter and led my team's design of a Harlem-Renaissance inspired residential tower.

Apr 2015 - Sep 2015

Studio Geiger Architecture, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Intern

CAD drawings for residential projects: NYC townhouse & historic Connecticut colonial farmhouse.
FF&E schemes, material selections & art collection case furniture, display & lighting selections.
Photoshop & InDesign presentation boards & post-production.

May 2014 - Sep 2014

Christie's, Inc., New York, NY, US, Senior Vice-President

Head of Chinese Works of Art Department

Jan 2008 - Jul 2009

Sotheby's International Realty, New York, NY, US, Vice-President

Head of Chinese Works of Art Department

Dec 2000 - Jul 2007


New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Masters, Interior Design

Bronze Medal for Academic Achievement. Dean's List for all three consecutive years, 2013-2016.

AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop & 3D Studio Max.
Courses in Design Theory (Research Essay on Phenomenology), Sustainable Design, Advanced Detailing, Kitchen & Bath Design, Furniture Design, Lighting Design, Landscape Design History, Set Design and various art history and design history courses.
Thesis Prep included Occupancy & Program Analysis with Codes, and Research Essay on Buddhist Architecture along the Silk Road.

1st Global Design Workshop between NYSID & Beijing University, one of three selected for travel to, and presentations on, museum & historic school sites in Yunnan Province, China, Summer 2015.

Sep 2013 - May 2016

The New School, New York, NY, US, SPACE Certificate

Courses in Residential Interior Design, Furniture Design, Rhinoceros 3D
Fashion Trends, Life Drawing, Color for Design, Fashion Drawing & Construction, parts I & II

Sep 2012 - May 2014

Oxford University, Oxford, GB, Bachelors, B.A. Hons, Jurisprudence

Martin Wronker Prize for best performance in Jurisprudence (Philosophy of Law), Oxford University, 1996.
Graduated with Honors, courses in Contract Law, Tort, Jurisprudence, Company Law, International Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law, among others.
Lettered in Varsity Half-Blue, Dancesport. President, Oxford University Ballroom Dancing Club (OUBDC)
President, Brasenose College Christian Union.
Acted & directed, various inter-varsity theater performances.

Sep 1993 - Jun 1996


Robert B. Herring Travel Prize, NYSID, Grant

Grant Proposal for travel to India & Bangladesh: to compare structures of state power vs religious power, examining Edwin Lutyen's Delhi urban plan & Viceroy's Palace, Le Corbusier's Chandigarh buildings and Louis Kahn's Dhaka Parliament. Supplementary analysis of Fatehpur Sikri, Ajanta Caves and Agra sites including Taj Mahal.


Nancy P. Short Memorial Scholarship, NYSID, Scholarship

Inaugural award, only ecipient.
For academic excellence and in recognition of career change, particularly from those of legal background to interior design industry.


NEWH New York Hospitality Scholarship, Scholarship

Competitive national scholarship (one of three recipients) for outstanding candidates intending to work in the hospitality industry.


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