Edward Yu

Edward Yu

Toronto, ON, CA



I am a young and aspiring architectural designer based in Toronto and returning to school to complete my Master of Architecture.  My roots are from Hong Kong and China where my parents lived. I've developed a cultural synergy from growing up in Canada and having worked in Hong Kong. It has helped blend an East and West mindset that is vivid in imagination and wide in curiosity.  I am open-minded and love to work collaboratively whether in projects or competitions.  When I complete my education, I intend to work towards my designation and would pursue practice in North America or Asia.


VPANG Architects Ltd., Hong Kong, HK, Architectural Designer

At VPANG, I was responsible for following projects for Hip Shing Hong such as On Hing Terrace, CRE Building and New Victory House. In addition to design development for these projects, facade designs and other conceptual development was provided for other projects.

Aside from participating in design development, I also worked closely with the Managing/Design Director on re-defining the company's profile, image and portfolio to properly market the studio firm as one that has grown and matured over the years.

May 2010 - Dec 2010

aTRR architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson (formerly aTRM) Inc., Toronto, ON, CA, Jr. Architectural Designer

Actively participated in all phases of project development to production. Also engaged in competitions and responses to RFPs. Produced 3D and physical models as well as computer renders and montages to supplement proposals.

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009

Town of Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, ON, CA, Policy Planner

At the Town of Richmond Hill, in addition to day-to-day responsibilities of the Planning Department, I was a part of a Official Plan Review committee that looked at writing the New Official Plan for the City. This included rigorous research and background studies as well as planning, coordinating and facilitating public consultations. The final public event was the Official Plan Summit which marked the completion of the Official Plan Review process and included guest speaker on sustainability, Alex Steffen.

For the OP Summit, I spearheaded a team to present the official plan policies through a short video. This included manipulating graphics, film, and generating 3D fly throughs of the City. Post production and graphics were completed in house and under my direction.

Through the resources provided by the City's GIS teams and support from the Region, I was able to introduce a 3D development application process that included modeling all the incoming development applications and placing them in the current context of the City. This allowed the City's planners to visually and interactively determine whether the building proposals were consistent with the intent and policies of the City.

Jan 2009 - May 2009

Giffels Ltd. Giffels Design Build Inc., Toronto, Junior Planner

As the assistant to the Director, I regularly had to produce diligence reports and provide detailed updates on project statuses. In addition, I had to commute between the office and municipalities to process development applications and acquire the necessary permits and approvals from the City.

I was also responsible for monitoring the emails directed to the Director and provide support in all areas of the Director’s needs including bookings, communications, and any other duties as requested. I also attended Committee hearings and Adjustment hearings with the Director and provided any assistance as needed. This included preparation of presentation materials and reviewing statements with the Director prior to these meetings. This position helped familiarized me with the planning process, minor variances, building permit and other city related applications.

Apr 2008 - Aug 2008


University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA, MArch, Master of Architecture

Sep 2011 - current

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, CA, Bachelors, City Planning Spec. Urban Design

Sep 2006 - Jun 2011

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HK, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture (Exchange)

Dec 2009 - May 2010

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