Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao

Irvine, CA, US

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I am mainly an architectural designer with LEED AP BD+C, but also an FAA Certified Flight Instructor & Commercial Pilot.

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Professional

I mainly worked on Concept Design, SD and DD phases for several commercial/office projects and competitions, including WeBnak Headquarter in Shenzhen (, Foshan Poly, Wuhan Sinoocean and China Merchant Headquarter in Shekou.

Jul 2018 - Feb 2021

Hanmen Online School, Xinzhou, CN, Co-founder

Website Design, Company Registration, Staff Training, Product Promotion, Lecture Tour. (

Jun 2015 - Dec 2020

Susan T Rodriguez|Architecture · Design, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

I mainly worked on the schematic design for institutional projects, including the Renovation of the College of Atlantic in Maine, and the visitor center in Central Park. (

Mar 2018 - Jun 2018

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Teacher Assistant of Building Technology — Structural Elements
Teaching Assistant of Architectural Drawing

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Gensler, Boston, MA, US, Intern Architect

I lead the team of interns to accomplish the concept design of the future Boston Urban Gondola System and worked on Revit modeling, environment analysis, construction drawing for other projects. Link of the intern project:

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

RSAA, Beijing, CN, Intern Architect

I accomplished an art installation independently and worked on SD and DD drawings for other projects, including No.7 Courtyard of Drum Tower ( and the Grand Wuji Hotel by Hyatt (

May 2016 - Aug 2016

Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design & Urban Planning, Tianjin, CN, Architect Intern

Historic Architecture Surveying in Zhangye, Gansu Province.

SD and DD phases of Tourist Centers Design for Visitor Centers of the third Virescence Expo in China, Tianjin.

Jul 2013 - Jun 2014


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Core Courses:
Core Design Studio1-6, Theories & Analyses of Architecture, Structure, Environmental System, Building Technology, Architecture History, Constructed Drawing, Real Estate Principle, Kinetic Architecture, Furniture Design

March I Tuition Award ($ 13,000/year)
Director's Recruitment Award ($ 4,500/year)
Teaching Assistantship Award ($ 7,375/semester)

Aug 2014 - Dec 2017

Tianjin University, Tianjin, CN, Bachelors, Urban Planning

Core Courses: Architectural Design, Urban Planning and Urban Design

D3 Housing Tomorrow International Architectural Design Competition-First Place
AIM 2012 International Design Competition-Architecture Renovation Award
China Merchants Property Scholarship

Sep 2009 - Jun 2014


5th REARD Global Design Award — Gold Award in Commercial Category, 1st Place

SOM's Webank Headquarters Project won the 5th REARD Global Design Gold Award, and I was one of the critical team members of the design team.


D3 Housing Tomorrow International Architectural Design Competition, 1st Place

Project: “Life on the Ropeway”
Brief: Engineering/architectural strategy for villages threatened by flooding in the rural valleys of Sichuan China.


AIM International Design Competition — Architecture Renovation Award, 1st Place

Project: “Mounting Memory”
Brief: Architectural strategy & urban design for reviving the native culture on Huaniao Island through this project.


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