Rentian Liu

Rentian Liu

Philadelphia, PA, US

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I am inquiring about a full-time entry-level architectural position. 

Rentian is a student from the M.Arch program. Before his enrollment in Penn, he got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and worked for Kengo Kuma & Associates during the gap year. There he learned to appreciate the relationship between user and architecture through diverse levels of details and material exploration. His previous experience working on projects with detailed-oriented schedules has taught him to keep balance when he became aggressive in Penn. In this way, combined with his thinking of adaptive reuse with a creative mind, he developed an interest in the relationship between user and architecture, the transition from public to private spaces, which guides him to keep producing new architecture for the future. 

His design work experiments with the overlaps between and among film, installation, paint, theory, and building. Rentian is about to receive his Master of Architecture degree in the next coming month.


Handel Architects, New York, Externship

Mar 2020 - Mar 2020

Gensler, Phoenix, AZ, US, Architectural Intern

Projects: Central & Adams, Hardy Warehouse Reposition, Gensler Pop-Up installation
● Assisted the Central & Adam team with front entrance and relevant landscape design
● Managed BIM Revit Model and document submission for Hardy Warehouse Reposition Project
● Designed a Pop-up kiosk as movable work & exhibit installation for Intern Program

May 2019 - Aug 2019

Education Commons Makerspace, Philadelphia, PA, US, Education & Technique Coordinator

● Guided public with new technologies, including VR, AR, Programming, 3D printing, etc.
● Responsible for the relevant workshop and design project consultation.

Sep 2018 - Jun 2019

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

Projects: Shenzhen Art Museum and Library (1st Prize)
● Participated in the design of library and museum space as an intern designer with team
● Communicated with consultants to finalize the prototype of the exterior facade design and details
● Participated in the relevant CAD drawings and Revit structural models for submission

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Kengo Kuma and Associates, Beijing, Architect Assistant

Projects: Novartis, Qianmen Courtyard & Street Renovation (Fully Involved & Completed in Nov.2016)
● Assisted the detail design and CD & DD drawings for Novartis campus project
● Participated in the Qianmen Renovation project process including schematic design, preliminary study,
interior & detail design, exterior facade modeling & drafting, CAD drawing, and construction check
● Communicated with clients and suppliers and reviewed drawings and material for construction test

Feb 2015 - Mar 2016

Arts Group Co., Ltd.,, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

● Mainly responsible for schematic design and revising drawings for Soong Ching-ling school project

Aug 2014 - Aug 2014


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture Professional Degree
Real Estate Design and Development Certificate

Jul 2017 - current

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, GB, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, CN, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012


PRESSING MATTER (PennDesign Year Book), Nomination


2020 PennDesign Year End Show, Other


Dales Traveling Fellowship, Scholarship


2018 F.Schenck-Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship, Scholarship


UIA-HYP Cup 2016 International Student Competition, Honorable Mention


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