Shengnan Gao

Shengnan Gao

Philadelphia, PA, US

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My passion lies in creating a built environment by challenging traditional typologies and aesthetics to make the world a better, more beautiful place. I specialize in detailing, focusing on form, edge, and seam. I firmly believe that meticulous attention to detail not only contributes to buildability but also enhances architectural aesthetics.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Teaching Assistant

+ Teaching Asistant for Construction I. Setting up exam review sessions and review materials, reviewing student's assignments, and answering student's questions in review sessions.

Sep 2023 - Feb 2024

EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

+ Designed and produced 2 sets of 3D printed models representing 2 patient room design options for a Client Review (Geisinger Medical Care).
+ Designed a concept drawing for an interior office design competition using Rhino and Enscape, Competition (Kite Pharma).
+ Proposed and rendered facade designs for a parking garage in Rhino and Enscape, Schematic Design phase (Geisinger Medical Care).
+ Modeled master plans for drop off at the new hospital entrance in Revit and Rhino, Schematic Design phase (Geisinger Medical Care).
+ Completed floor plans, ceiling plans, and interior elevations for a small scale health care renovation in Revit, Construction Document phase (Geisinger Medical Care).

Jun 2023 - Aug 2023

Ellenzweig, Boston, MA, US, Architectural Intern

+ Designed with assisted from a senior architect on ceiling plans in Revit (Alfred State College).
+ Modeled exterior envelope according to SketchUp model in Revit, Schematic Design phase (Alfred State College).
+ Modeled floor plans according to sketches from a senior lab designer, Schematic Design phase (Alfred State College).
+ Modeled new scientific lab Revit families for a science research building, Pre-design phase (Alfred State College).
+ Rendered in Enscape for interior, Schematic Design phase (Alfred State College).

May 2022 - Aug 2022

Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, CA, IT Assistant

+ Designed new IT assistance website.
+ Helping students with technical problems in computers and modeling.

Sep 2020 - May 2021

NEUF Architect(e)s, Ottawa, ON, CA, Architecture Co-op Student

+ Proposed unit plans and an amenity plan with assistance of a senior architectural technologist (Brigil).
+ Produced Construction Document orthographic drawings, analysis, schedules, details in Revit and AutoCAD with assistance of a senior architectural technologist (Brigil).
+ Modeled exterior envelope, unit plans, amenity floors, and mechanical rooftop in Revit (Brigil).
+ Analysized Ontario Building Code (OBC) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in Revit (Brigil).
+ Reviewed MEP drawings for coordinating ceiling plans and exhaust vents on the exterior envelope (Brigil).
+ Reviewed shop drawings for coordinating curtain wall dimensions and window types on the exterior envelope (Brigil).

May 2019 - Sep 2020


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

Sep 2021 - current

Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, CA, Bachelors, Architectural Science

Sep 2016 - May 2021


2022 Schenck-Woodman Prize Winner, 3rd Place

Collaborated with Shiyi QI and Maxwell Lent in team 23.


Dean's List, Award

Received Dean's List from 2017 to 2021 with high academic records in Toronto Metropolitan University.


CCA Charrette, 1st Place

Collaborated with four students to participate a design charrette, where asked participants to reunite prefabrication and architecture by inventing an adaptable construction kit to address the pressing need for affordable housing.


ShapeLab - King Street Pilot, Award

Collaborated with five students designed and fabricated an installation on King Street, Toronto Canada. The winning teams were given 1000 dollars to design and fabricate installations that promote interaction between the pedestrians and the street side, creating vibrant city view for downtown Toronto.


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