Diwen Yang

Diwen Yang

Ann Arbor, MI, US



I am: a cheerful team player, passionate doer, fast learner, and curious dreamer.

I gained my nine-year professional training in the US, Denmark, Germany, and China. My approach to design is : detail-oriented, future-proofing, human-centered, and sustainable-driven.



SO-IL, New York, NY, US, Architectural Assistant

Built physical model; Research for an efficient mass production way of spray painting and facade texture making.

Mar 2019 - Mar 2019

Henning Larsen, Copenhagen, DK, Architectural Assistant

During her internship, Diwen Yang largely participated in the competitions and a few commissioned projects. The sites covered Europe (Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gdansk, Frankfurt, Belfast), North America(Toronto), and Middle East(Riyadh). She worked closely with designers and consultants to develop different-scale projects, which are arranged from cultural, education, office, to residential. Her work mainly focuses on research, VR, drafting work, facade design, and model making.

Aug 2017 - Jun 2018

Gensler, Chicago, IL, US, Interior Design Assistant

The 2017 year’s program featured an 80% time working closely with the studios on the live client projects- mostly are interior design for the office buildings. Another 20% time research - 'Why Does Design Matter' that to partner with the interns across the Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detroit offices.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Shandong Provincial Architectural Design Inst., Jinan, CN, Architectural Assistant

Participated in Competitions (SD, DD) in Shandong, China;
Created drawings for diagram and plan;
Built 3D model and physical study models.

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

During the time at school, Diwen Yang practiced her design skill through different scale, from S(fashion design), M(product design), L(interior design), XL(architecture design), to XXL(urban design). Her strong execution drives her to a big success in the classroom, receiving all A grade in studios.

Visualization and materialization are her strength as a designer. Her thesis explored the position of today's architect: "a problem solver or a storyteller?" She believes architecture could be a powerful language to communicate with the public. She combined this attitude with environmental awareness in her thesis project, which is telling the public a geo-story of climate change through the slow media-- eloquent furniture.

Aug 2016 - May 2019

Qingdao university of Technology, Qingdao, CN, BArch, Architecture

During the undergraduate time, Diwen Yang actively participated and organized in various activities and workshops of the school, such as manager of the secretariat, coordinator of cultural and recreational activities, performer of the freshmen talent contest.

She used to host the EAAF student representative & co-designer workshop-"Useless to Useful-Young Energies Change Our City" in Qingdao, China, and co-designer workshop-Building Laboratory held by AA Visiting School in Berlin University of the Arts, Germany.

During her spare time, she participated in 3 conceptual competitions with her friends. One of them obtained 2nd prize with an attractive design which was launched on Urban Design Magazine, ISSN1673-0232 CN 23-1528/TU; The other two gained honourable mention (for more details please check out the resume).

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016

OTH Regensburg, Regensberg, DE, Architecture & Urban Design

She took a one-semester exchange study at Fachhochschule Regensburg (OTH)
in Regensburg, Germany. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant & co-designer at 3 School Design Camp in Mantova, Italy.

Mar 2015 - Aug 2015


2014 UA Creation Award & International Concept Design Competition, 2nd Place

Competition topic: "Architecture for Everyday Life"

In recent years, buildings in China have become the flip side of commercial operations instead of usage value. The origins and meaning of architecture have been overlooked. Buildings are separated from everyday life and provide sensory stimulation. Humans act as objects have lost the ability to discover or experience the beauty of life. However, ordinary things sometimes are more powerful and everlasting. Backing to everyday life, focusing on human's behaviour, we want to arouse more people find the original beauty in daily life.


New Way to Live Venice Design Competition, 3rd Place

The modern techniques brought us lots of conveniences, but also some problems. In Venice, the ' Wave Motion' is nowadays one biggest problem, which is an impact on the old building's foundation from the motor boat. Thus, we bridged a rail transit at the height of the sea level. It dealt with the ' Wave Motion' problem, also, avoided breaking the city's unique traffic culture and kept the original canal scene in Venice.


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