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Yanrong Gao

Yanrong Gao

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Architect, Urban Planner and 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 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, transportation, cultural, etc. and projects won Chinese ministerial, national, international, US and world class design awards.

Employment 

Kirkor Architects and Planners, Toronto, Architectral Designer

Created various plans, drawings, and layouts for buildings while ensuring that blueprints comply with construction regulations. Planned, executed, and finalized a dozen of design projects while complying with budget and time constraints. Supported principals in building conceptual and schematic designs for local projects. Received approval from clients and liaised with consultants in Ontario. Held full accountability for estimating costs, choosing materials, and creating a time framework.
Key Projects:
-1891 Eglinton Ave, Scarborough, ON, Canada, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Commercial & Office), 149,400 sm
-Sheppard Meadowvale Development, Scarborough, ON, Canada, Residential, 35,600 sm
-7437-7441 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON, Canada, Residential, 30,040 sm
-Vine Ridge Boutique Towns, Picton, ON, Canada, Residential, 57,730 sm
-11300 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada, Residential, 34,080 sm

Oct 2019 - Jul 2021
 

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

Administered staff members and headed a cross functional project team in producing conceptual/schematic designs and construction documents to build projects. Liaised with designers on the project to reduce and control foreseeable risks to anyone affected by the work. Oversaw all aspects of business development by liaising with local design institutes, design partners, clients and contractors in China as well as client/consultant in Canada. Provided regular training and coaching to junior designers of the team.
Key Projects:
-Wenjing Park Project, Xi’an, China, Residential, 85,000 sm
-Sino Steel Building & Sino Steel International Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mixed-use (incl. Office & Hospitality),70,860 sm
-Yaohua Road Plot 11-3, Shanghai, China, Residential, 126,300 sm
-Jinyang Lake West Bank Community, Taiyuan, China, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Office, Commercial & Educational), 46.8 ha., 1,015,000 sm
-755 Caledonia Road, Toronto, Canada, Commercial, 28,300 sm
-Shenzhen Bay “Super City”, Shenzhen, China, Mixed-use Urban Design (incl. Commercial, Office, Hospitality & Cultural), 35.2 ha., 1,700,000 sm
-Datong Huayu Commerce & Culture Center, Datong, China, Mixed-use (incl. Commercial, Office, Hospitality & Theater), 400,000 sm
-Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China, Educational, 100 ha., 450,000 sm

Mar 2012 - Jul 2019
 

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

Rendered assistance to principals and the Department Manager in supervising staff and growing business. Led a high performing project team in developing schematic designs and design development within budget and program. Ensured cohesion of their team and overall project success by collaborating with government, clients, and local design institutes. Discussed new ideas and strategies with company leaders. Oversaw the work of others and resolved problems.
Key Projects:
-Calxon • Times City, Qingdao, China, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Commercial, Educational, Sports & Recreation), 120 ha., 1,940,200 sm
-Tianjin OCT Lingshui Garden, Tianjin, China, Residential, 9.34 ha., 78,100 smey

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
 

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

Led the project team in conceptual & schematic design, design development and ensured project delivery to meet the client requirements in project quality, scheduling, and cost. Supported during construction documents design and construction phase of the projects. Coordinated with clients, local design institutes, governments and contractors. Supported Department Manager with business development and staff management.
Key Projects:
-Plot B, Phase 2 of Shenyang New World Garden, Shenyang, China, Residential, 27 ha., 580,000 sm
-Ecological Landscape District of Guitang River, Changsha, China, Master Planning (incl. Residential, Commercial, Office, Hospitality, Educational, Sports & Recreation), 129 ha., 1,580,000 sm
-Tianjin TEDA Plaza, Tianjin, China, Mixed-use (incl. Office & Commercial), 10.1 ha., 520,000 sm
-Wuhan Wangjiadun CBD 5-star Hotel, Wuhan, China, Mixed-use (incl. Hospitality & Commercial), 75,000 sm
-Chongqing Olympic Garden • Ολυμπία βουνό, Chongqing, China, Residential & Commercial, 110 ha., 500,000 sm

Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
 

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

Executed conceptual and schematic design within budget and program. Prepared presentations, design layouts, 3D renderings, and sketches. Analyzed design issues, suggested corrective actions, and completed client deliverables. Worked closely with senior and junior staff, supporting design tasks.
Key Project:
-University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A., Educational & Healthcare, 50,000 sm

Mar 2007 - Aug 2007
 

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

Provided assistance in project design and development activities based on customer needs. Executed conceptual and schematic design within budget and program. Prepared presentations, design layouts, 3D renderings, and sketches. Developed technical specifications and project related documentations. Analyzed design issues, suggested corrective actions, and completed client deliverables. Worked closely with senior staff, supporting design and technical tasks.
Key Project:
-Amwaj Project, Rabat, Morocco, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Office, Commercial, Educational, Hospitality, Recreation & Transportation), 121 ha., 1,630,000 sm

Mar 2006 - Feb 2007
 

CHINA NORTHEAST ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Shenzhen Branch, Shenzhen, CN, Architect to Senior 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.
Key Projects:
-Futian Transportation Hub, Shenzhen, China, Transportation, 90,000 sm
-Chongqing Museum, Chongqing, China, Cultural, 40,000 sm
-Futian Port, Shenzhen, China, Transportation, 50,000 sm
-Daqing Building, Shenzhen, China, Mixed-use (incl. Commercial, Office, Hotel & Residential), 38,000 sm
-Great China International Exchange Plaza, Shenzhen, China, Mixed-use (incl. Office, Hotel, Residential, Commercial & Recreation), 220,000 sm
-Dandong Riverfront Development Zone, Commercial Pedestrian Street, Dandong, China, Commercial, 200,000 sm

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

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

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

Sep 1991 - Jul 1995
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

Areas of Specialization 

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