Joann Lui

Joann Lui

New York, NY, US



Architecture: 3 years of professional experience in the architecture and design industry with experience in High-Rise, Mixed-Use, Residential, Education, Industrial, Adaptive Reuse and Interiors.

Revit/BIM: Design and document projects ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. to 100,000 sq. ft. in Revit.

Bilingual: Fluent in English and Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese.

Graphic Design: Worked as an independent graphic designer since 2007 focusing on print collaterals, branding, poster and website designs.

Blogger: Started the Just an Intern blog on Archinect in June 2012, which has since been a top 10 blog on Archinect.

+ Conceptual Design
+ Construction Documentation
+ Materials and Spec Research
+ Graphic Presentation/Visualization
+ Regulatory Compliance
+ Building Information Modeling
+ Client/Consultants Collaboration

Follow me: @joannlui


Joann's Design Blog on Archinect:

Craft Your Creative Career : Reach your goals, Fuel your soul, and Share your talent to the world.

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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Gensler, New York, Job Captain

Jan 2014 - current

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

+ Develop design and construction documents under tight deadlines and numerous revisions for a $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

lwdmrARCHITECTS, 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.
+ Handled an 11K sq. ft. supportive housing project in close collaboration with non-profit organizations and neighborhood community to create affordable design solutions.
+ Prepared permit set and construction document for a 54K sq. ft. historic church to a senior housing adaptive reuse project.
+ Developed exterior technical details for a high-rise 120-unit mixed-use condominium.
+ Implemented a cohesive graphic presence of the firm to support business development and attended 2+ marketing interviews with potential clients.

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 presentation booklet for a transportable shipping container sound theatre.
+ Produced film website design 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


Areas of Specialization