Xuetong Zhai

Xuetong Zhai

Ann Arbor, MI, US

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I graduated from the M.Arch1 program at the University of Michigan in May 2023, and now I'm working as an intern in the Port of Seattle and actively looking for a full time Architecture job opportunity. I'm also on my way pursuing the LEED Certification as well as architect license.


Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA, US, Architecture Intern

*Attending project stakeholder meetings and Design review for projects in schematic design, design development phases, going on site walk for projects in construction phase.
*Worked with Architecture team for schematic design of Sea Tac Airport’s Shared Use Lounge.
*Updating and editing the Guide Specification and Design Standard of Sea Tac Airport.
*Researching on drawing sets to verify architecture assets for annual verification.

Jul 2023 - current

Design Earth, Remote, Collaborator

*Worked on architectural representation project Reimagining Museums for Climate Action – Bushman.
*Researched on history of Chicago city, Bushman the gorilla and the Field Museum, framed the story line of the animation which intersect with history, culture, ecology, and feminism, and racism issue.
*Produced a 70cm*1820cm scroll drawing in Adobe Illustrator and worked on the pan through animation.

May 2023 - Jul 2023

Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group Co., Limited, Beijing, CN, Intern

*Worked with the team on the design of Pinguoyuan Transportation Hub integrated project.
*Produced renderings with Lumion, analysis diagram with Adobe suite, as well as plan with AutoCAD.
*Attended project stakeholder meetings and prepared for presentation documentations.

Jun 2022 - Aug 2022

Sirui Bona Architectural Design Company Limited, Beijing, CN, Architect Intern

*Engaged in two residential projects and assisted the designers on modeling, rendering and diagram.
*Connected with customers to understand their design needs, and modify drawings in time according tocustomers' opinions.

Jul 2018 - Oct 2018

Beijing Morning Post, Beijing, CN, Intern of Social Media Department

*Assisted the editors and journalists to interview, take photos, and write about 15 press releases.
*Visited the remote rural area, communicate and interview with residents.
*Cultivated independent thinking ability, practiced communication, writing, logic and representation skills.

Jul 2017 - Oct 2017


Capital university of Economics and Business, Beijing, CN, Bachelors, Urban Management

My experience of urban management during my undergraduate study helps me gain a macro perspective in economy, policy, and ecology which I believe will help me a lot in considering architecture problems. Here are some of the courses I have taken: Urban Geography / Land Use Planning / Urban Ecological Economics / Urban Sustainable

Jan 2023 - current

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, M.Arch1

Throughout my graduate studies, I have focused on empathetic design to understand different people's situations and create flexible and diverse spaces. I paid close attention to minorities and inequalities in society, which I believe is crucial for architects to address. As part of my studies, I participated in exhibition design in Taubman’s Public Design Cooperation Project, where our team worked alongside the Jazz and Gender Justice Institute at Berklee College of Music to build a multi-disciplinary exploration that reimagines the shape and sound of jazz through the lens of gender equity. Additionally, I worked on a Morenci open pit mine remediation project that reimagined a sustainable future for abandoned mining resources. I learned how to collect the complex information including policy, ecology, technology, history and integrate them into a dynamic, related actor-network to raise up the design proposal. As an architect with strong empathy for others, I believe that caring and love should be at the core of every design project. I am committed to reimagining a future that breaks existing constrictions and provides a sustainable balance between humans, the economy, and society.

Jul 2020 - current


Project selected in 2022 Taubman college student show, Other

The project located in Detroit was aimed to build a civic wholesale market and make a fun. “Rock N’ Fun” tried to combine the rock wholesale and multiple rock experiences together, where guests could purchase for colorful rocks, participate in stone workshops, attend other various functions in bubble room. The project intended to build a relax and fun vibe for guests living in the city escape from their busy lives. To neutralize the hard and stiff impressions of rock, the stones are sorted into multiple colors, while plants and bubbles create a much relax vibe.


Graduate Architecture Thesis “Sensibility for Materials / Tectonics / Models Award”, Award

China’s rapid, rampant development over the past decades has destroyed the connection between humans and nature. This connection, which is the past and future of Chinese identity and defined what it is meant to be Chinese, can only be found in the countryside now. By focusing on a specific minority group in China, Jinuo, I dig into its special relationship with bamboo, which had deeply embedded in their culture and daily life. Bamboo is a sustainable material with great potential in the future that could use as a surprisingly effective carbon sink. The bond between bamboo and Jinuo people, however, has been gradually weakened because of the loss of local people. In this project, taking advantage of local bamboo resources, I want to rebuild this connection between urban and countryside, between people and nature, through the attraction of local bamboo culture and ethnic culture, dig out the value, renovating the village, and developing bamboo tourism.


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