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Yanrong Gao

Yanrong Gao

Toronto, ON, CA

 
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About 

Senior Architect / Project Manager with over 20 years’ professional experience in architecture and urban planning within both North America and P. R. China, creative and efficient with ability for combining functional, aesthetic, social, economic and geographic forces in a variety of environments, successfully completed conceptual & schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration for 80+ projects in China, North America and North Africa, up to $billions cost for one project, and with solid understanding of Chinese, US and Canadian building codes. Project types include city & campus master planning, urban design, mixed-use, commercial, office, hospitality, residential, educational, cultural, transportation, etc. and projects won Chinese ministerial, national, international, US and world class design awards.

Employment 

GAP Design LLC, Shanghai, CN/Toronto, ON, CA, Principal Designer

Lead the project team in conceptual & schematic design for projects in China and Africa; Coordinate with design partners and clients in China; Manage business development; supervise staff

Oct 2011 - current
 

Toronto Local Firms, Toronto, ON, CA, Senior Designer

Assisted principals to lead the project team or independently worked in conceptual & schematic design for local and international projects; Coordinated with clients, local design institutes in China and clients, governments in Toronto

Sep 2012 - Nov 2017
 

B+H CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL INC., Shanghai, CN, Senior Architect

Assisted principals and led the project team in schematic design and design development within program and budget; Coordinated with clients, local design institute, and government; Supported Department Manager with business development and staff management

Sep 2010 - Aug 2011
 

WS ATKINS Overseas Ltd, Shanghai, CN, Senior Architect I

Assisted principals and led the project team in schematic design and design development within program and budget; Coordinated with clients, local design institute, and government; Supported Department Manager with business development and staff management

Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
 

Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Undertook schematic design within program and cost requirements

Apr 2007 - Aug 2007
 

TRO Jung|Brannen, Boston, MA, US, Project Designer

Undertook conceptual & schematic design within program and cost requirements

May 2006 - Mar 2007
 

CNADRI, Shenzhen, Shenzhen, CN, Architect to Senior / Director Architect

Led the project team in conceptual & schematic design, design development, construction documents design and construction administration; Undertook feasibility studies and researched code issues; Coordinated with clients, consultants, contractors and governments

Jul 1995 - Aug 2003
 

Education 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Urban Planning

2005 Regional Planning for Southeastern Massachusetts;
2005 Re-Imagining Dudley (High Pass);
2004 Milwaukee Eco-Industrial Park;
2003 Constituencies -- Midtown West, Manhattan;
2003 Chelsea Redevelopment.

Activities and Societies: China GSD

Sep 2003 - Mar 2006
 

Tianjin University, Tianjin, CN, Bachelors, Architecture

1990 Graduation GPA ranked No. 1 in class;
1990 Graduation Design: Dai Village of the Chinese Folk Culture Village, OCT, Shenzhen. Completed in 1991;
1989 Student of Academic Excellence of Tianjin University;
1988 Merit Student & The Second Class People’s Scholarship of Tianjin University;
1987 Merit Student of Tianjin University.

Activities and Societies: Class Committee; Solo Singer; Track & Field Team; Director of Singing Team; Aerobics Team.

Sep 1986 - Jul 1990
 

Awards 

National Excellent Engineering and Consulting Industry Award · Residential and Residential Community Design 2nd Class Award, Award

Tianjin OCT Lingshui Garden, Tianjin, China, Residential, 9.34 ha., 78,100 sm; completed in 2013.

2015
 

2013 Asia International Habitat Environment Prize, Award

Calxon · Times City: Large scale mixed-use master planning with residential buildings, schools, commercial center and supporting facilities; 120 ha., 1,940,200 sq. m., in Qingdao, P. R. China; phase 1 completed in 2013.

2013
 

Shenyang's Most Influential Real Estate Award & Shenyang Mansion Style Year Award, Award

Plot B, Phase 2 of Shenyang New World Garden: Large scale planning project with low and high rise residential buildings, commercial and supporting facilities; 27 ha., 580,000 sq. m., in Shenyang, P. R. China; completed in 2012.

2012
 

National Zhantianyou Award • Chongqing Excellent Residential Golden Award, Award

Chongqing Olympic Garden • Ολυμπία βουνό: Large scale residential community including single houses, semi-detached houses, townhouses, overlapped duplexes and commercial buildings; 110 ha., 500,000 sq. m., in Chongqing, P. R. China; completed in 2010.

2010
 

The 18th Chinese Golden Stone Award for Architecture, Award

Chongqing Olympic Garden • Ολυμπία βουνό: Large scale residential community including single houses, semi-detached houses, townhouses, overlapped duplexes and commercial buildings; 110 ha., 500,000 sq. m., in Chongqing, P. R. China; completed in 2010.

2010
 

Design Award of Special Recognition; Honorable Mention in the Healthcare Sector; International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design; LEED Silver certification, Award

University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine: Large scale academic building with laboratories, research center, and office rooms; 53,000 sq. m., in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.; completed in 2010.

2010
 

Winner of International Design Competition for Ecological Landscape District of Guitang River, 1st Place

Large scale mixed-use planning project with residential communities, primary and middle schools, a commercial center, and a city park; 129 ha., 1,582,000 sq. m., in Changsha, P.R. China; under construction.

2009
 

Global Human Settlements Architectural Design Award & Global Green Office Building, Award

Great China International Exchange Plaza: Large scale complex with a 42 storied office building and hotel and apartment towers as well as a mixed-use podium; 220,000 sq. m., in Shenzhen Futian CBD, P. R. China; completed in 2004.

2007
 

Studio: Re-imagining Dudley, 1st Place

Urban design project at Dudley Square Station of Metro Silver Line, including a regional commercial hub, community center and residential lots; 28.5 ha., in Boston, MA, USA.

2005
 

Winner of International Design Competition for Futian Transportation Hub, 1st Place

Futian Transportation Hub: Long distance bus, local bus and subway stations and transfer facilities; 92,000 sq. m., in Shenzhen, P.R. China.

2003
 

The Second Class Excellent Schematic Design Award of CSCEC, Award

Daqing Building: won design competition in 1997 and completed in 2000.

2001
 

The Third Class Excellent Thesis Award in 99’ Architectural Design Symposium of CSCEC, Award

“The Integration of Rationality and Sensibility – The Design and Thinking for Daqing Building”

1999
 

Winner of National Design Competition for Daqing Building, 1st Place

Daqing Building: Mixed-use tower containing commercial, office, hotel and residential spaces; 33-story, 38,000 sq. m., in Shenzhen, P.R. China; completed in 2000.

1997
 

Winner of National PD Competition for Great China International Exchange Plaza, 1st Place

Great China International Exchange Plaza: Large scale complex with a 42 storied office building and hotel and apartment towers as well as a mixed-use podium; 220,000 sq. m., in Shenzhen Futian CBD, P. R. China; completed in 2004.

1996
 

The First Class Excellent Schematic Design Award of CSCEC, Award

Dandong Riverfront Development Zone, Commercial Pedestrian Street; 200,000 sq. m., in Dandong, P.R. China; completed in 1993.

1992
 

Areas of Specialization 

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