Zehua Jia

Zehua Jia

Great New York City

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My study in cultural public projects and working experiences in Asia, Europe and America not only enriched my design abilities under multiple cultures, but also shapes my design philosophy of relationship between human and architecture, consisting of adaptive architecture and cultural interaction. By using poetic and ambiguous method combined with new technologies, I am aiming to break the boundaries between artificial and natural, traditional and modern, as well as virtual and reality, to provide different experiences and unique relationships between architecture and users. 


NK Architects, Morristown, NJ, US, Designer

- Formulate design strategies, introduce multi-cultural elements into projects, innovate interactive objects to be practical and esthetic, to promote architectural globalization process firm-wide.
- Coordinate with managers and professionals to explore possibilities of adapting public spaces into current healthcare and educational systems, ensure job success in the future.
- Accurately address clients’ intention, complement with own design philosophy, lead in the design direction, such as space planning and material selection, to create a win-win situation.
- Using parametric design and VR skills to lead the Canstruction competition; research in new technology and render softwares to pave the way for company’s future development.
- Self-motivated growing in two years, being able to independently complete projects through all design phases from SD to CA, well organize specifications and all related documents.
- Establish collaborated relationships with vendors; running and organize material library; update latest products to colleagues.

Oct 2015 - current

Atelier HAY, New York, NY, US, Intern and Designer

•Developed idea of inhabitable and adaptive architecture through competition projects.
•Collaborated with team in concept build, detail design, and graphic drawings of project
“The Rings of Springfield” for 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas competition.
•Led team to complete international competition “The Global Schindler Award Competition”, including concept research, site analysis, scheme design, and graphic production.
•Assisted in technique and logistic build of the project “Beacon – Heterotopia of Lagos’ Public Space”, which was awarded Third Place in 2014-2015 Steel Design Student Competition.

Aug 2014 - Jan 2015

sipdri, Morristown, Intern and Designer

•Involved in material research and prototyping, as well as building envelope studies.
•Mentored students from Liverpool University and Tongji University and worked with Professor Huang on comprehensive design of new office building for Suzhou Bank.
•Contributed to interior design of main corridor gallery for SIPDRI’s new skyscraper.
•In charge of cultural communication and explanation within global design teams.
•Represented Mianzhu cultural and historical museum project designed by SIPDRI.
•Assisted in design and graphic of multiple types projects, including Retail, Industry,
Residential, Education and Complex.

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Greentown Joplin, Joplin, MO, US, Designer

•Established new prototype of Eco House for local community after Joplin tornado attack.
•Designed final scheme of Eco House project, including building system and structure.
•Finalized all renderings and plans, and contributed to diagrams and construction documents.
•Communicated with customers constantly and deep analyzed customer demand..

Jan 2013 - May 2013


Drury University, Springfield, MO, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Jan 2010 - May 2015


Dean’s Scholarship., Scholarship


HSA Libriarium Award Nomination, Nomination


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