Joann Lui

Joann Lui

New York, NY, US



I'm a licensed architect with 8 years of professional experience in the architecture industry with experience in Workplace Interiors, Office Buildings, and Mixed-Use Residential. Currently, I'm a Project Architect & Designer at Gensler, focusing on full project execution from design to construction on public space projects and building repositioning.

As a Process Design Leader, I also create efficient process workflows for project teams and educate a studio of 30 people on Revit best practices.

I founded Women Architects Collective in 2018 after experiencing a lack of support for women in architecture. I designed, managed, and executed the development of this community, which is now supporting 2200+ women architects building careers they love.

This has led me to become a Personal Brand Strategist helping professionals to stop blending in, show up big, and get noticed in their careers and business.

I've been interviewed at the Young Architect Podcast and the Hazard Girls Podcast. I've also hosted personal branding workshops for the Young Architect Summer Series 2020 and the CSI Portland chapter.

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Joann's Design Blog on Archinect:

Just an Intern : Resources for young architects

I educate architects and designers (just like you) to craft a creative career that fuels your soul, reach your goals and share your talents to the world. I strive to make your life easier and give you real actionable strategies that I’ve used to build my career step by step to working in a world renowned architectural firm.

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Monograph, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Content Strategist

Feb 2021 - current

Women Architects Collective, Founder

Community + Coaching for women architects who want to be heard, be seen and be known in their work journey. With 3,000+ members and growing, we provide online resources, workshops, and Clubhouse rooms to lead the conversation on what it takes to be a modern women architect. Join our FB group here:

Jul 2018 - current

Gensler, New York, Associate Architect

- Co-manage and design a 23-story office re-positioning project with new curtain walls, interior lobbies, amenity club, and a rooftop pavilion with a team of 10.
- Work directly with developer clients on a daily basis to create designs that meet
clients’ schedules and budgets from design to construction.
- Perform construction documentation and construction administration on Michael Kors Global Headquarter - a 100k sf multi-floor workplace interior.
- Work directly with clients on a daily basis to create designs that meet clients’ program standards, schedules, and budgets.
- Process Design Leader: Implement efficient process workflows for project teams
and educate a studio of 30 people on BIM/Revit best practices as a.

Jan 2014 - Feb 2021

KSS Architects, LLP, Princeton, NJ, US, Junior Architect

- Develop design and construction documents under tight deadlines and numerous revisions for an $18M high-rise mixed-use apartment building (81 units) as the film's first housing project.
- Conduct feasibility study of adapting a 1.3M sq. ft. warehouse into a 700-unit multi-family building while working directly with clients to develop design intent.
- Perform design and construction documents for higher education, industrial and interior projects ranging from 1K to 100K sq. ft. in Revit.
- Research material selection and specifications to meet LEED criteria.
- Attend clients' and consultants' meetings to coordinate and finalize clients’ needs and design requirements.

Dec 2012 - Oct 2014

LWDMR ARCHITECTS, Jersey City, NJ, US, Junior Architect

- Led a 2-person team on construction documents and consultant coordination for a 5-story 45-unit condominium building.
- Developed an 11k sf supportive housing project with non-profit organizations and neighborhood communities to create affordable design solutions.
- Prepared permit sets and construction documents for various mixed-use residential projects.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012

Rutgers - NJIT Theatre Arts Program, Newark, NJ, US, Graphic Designer

- Designed posters and event collaterals for 15+ shows based on 8+ directors' theatrical concept.
- Executed show management including budget report, scheduling and communication.

Jan 2007 - May 2011

JZA+D, Princeton, NJ, US, Intern Architect

- Created 3 conceptual designs, renderings, diagrams and a presentation booklet for a transportable shipping container sound theatre project.
- Designed film website and 4+ graphic portfolios for marketing promotions.

May 2010 - Jul 2010


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduated with Honors Cum Lauda GPA 3.78
Dean’s List 2006 - 2011
Minor in Environmental Studies & Drama/Theatre
Summer Urban Studio Siena, Italy

May 2006 - May 2011


ARCHIVE 100 Beauty Pageant, Honorable Mention



ICON TV Competition, 2nd Place


New Jersey School of Architecture Medal, 1st Place


ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, 3rd Place

Published & Exhibited:
- ACSA 100th Annual Convention in Boston, MA
- AIA National Convention in Washington, DC
- ARCHIVE 100, the online exhibition about architectural education.


Excellence in Design Award, Honorable Mention

NJIT CoAD Pre-Comprehensive Studio


Masonry Design/Build Competition, 1st Place


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