Rebecca Yanrong Gao

Rebecca Yanrong Gao

New York, NY, US

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Architect, Urban Planner and Project Manager with extensive 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.


Bories & Shearron, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Under the direction of partners, director and project managers, develop conceptual & schematic designs and prepare design development and construction documents for high end residential projects in USA and abroad. Undertake zoning review and code compliance evaluation. Coordinate with clients, structural/MEP/civil engineers, contractors and vendors. Guide junior intern architects.
Key Projects:
- Herro-Franke Residence, Palm Beach, FL, USA, Residential, 10,000 sf
- 102 Eaton Square, London, UK, Residential, 15,000 sf
- Corl Residence, Locust Valley, NY, USA, Residential, 15,000 sf
- Suprenant Residence, Glenn, MI, USA, Residential, 7,000 sf
- Carter Residence, Lake Forest, IL, USA, Residential, 4,300 sf

Dec 2021 - current

Kirkor Architects and Planners, Toronto, ON, CA, Architectral Designer

Supported project managers and associates in developing conceptual and schematic designs for projects in Ontario. Planned, executed, and finalized a dozen of projects that served the clients’ needs and complied with company standards/procedures, zoning/building codes, budget and time constraints. Prepared sketches, presentations, and full rezoning/SPA sets of drawings. Prepared black line drawings for marketing. Received approval from clients and liaised with consultants.
Key Projects:
- 1891 Eglinton Ave, Scarborough, ON, Canada, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Commercial & Office), 149,400 sm
- Jamesville Development, Hamilton, ON, Canada, Residential, 39,110 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, design development 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 business development by liaising with local design institutes, design partners, clients and contractors in China as well as clients/consultants in Canada. Provided regular training and coaching to junior staff of the team.
Key Projects:
- Wenjing Park Project, Xi’an, China, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Cultural & Commercial) 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, Community, Educational, Office, Arts, Cultural & Commercial), 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, Arts & Cultural), 35.2 ha., 1,700,000 sm
- Datong Huayu Commerce & Culture Center, Datong, China, Mixed-use (incl. Commercial, Office, Hospitality, Arts & Cultural), 400,000 sm
- Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China, Campus Master Planning, 100 ha., 450,000 sm

Mar 2012 - Jul 2019

B+H Architects, 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 junior staff and resolved problems.
Key Projects:
- Calxon • Times City, Qingdao, China, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Community, Commercial, Educational, Arts, Cultural, Sports & Recreation), 120 ha., 1,940,200 sm
- Tianjin OCT Lingshui Garden, Tianjin, China, Residential, 9.34 ha., 78,100 sm

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Atkins, Shanghai, CN, Senior Architect I

Contributed to all phases of development including pre-design through to construction administration. Led project team in conceptual/schematic design and design development. Ensured project delivery to meet 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. Assisted the 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, Educational, Commercial, Office, Hospitality, Arts, Cultural, Community, 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, Arts & Cultural), 75,000 sm
- Chongqing Olympic Garden • Ολυμπία βουνό, Chongqing, China, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Community & Commercial), 110 ha., 500,000 sm

Sep 2007 - Aug 2010

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

Assisted project director in schematic design within budget and program. Prepared sketches, design drawings, 3D renderings, and presentations. Analyzed design issues, suggested corrective actions, and completed client deliverables.
Key Project:
- University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Educational & Healthcare, 50,000 sm

Mar 2007 - Aug 2007

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

Assisted project manager and senior architects in conceptual and schematic design within budget and program. Identified project location’s history and culture research while analyzing client’s program and current conditions of site to develop design concepts. Reinforced initiation of conceptual master planning and architectural design and created CAD and Revit drawings of master plan/plans/elevations/sections, and 3d modeling for renderings.
Key Project:
- Amwaj Project, Rabat, Morocco, Mixed-use (incl. Residential, Office, Commercial, Arts, Cultural, 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

Engineered all aspects of conceptual and schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration. Directed team members on development of drawings and documents required to successfully complete project design effectively and within budget. Undertook feasibility studies and researched code issues. Liaised 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, Arts, Cultural & Recreation), 220,000 sm
- Dandong Riverfront Development Zone, Commercial Pedestrian Street, Dandong, China, Commercial, 200,000 sm

Jul 1995 - Aug 2003


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

In my study in GSD, I have learned broad knowledge and theories in urban planning from the social, economic and environmental perspectives. In my several studios, I have focused on large-scale community planning projects as they relate to the issue of urban revitalization. I have explored how physical design can alter social behavior in differing neighborhood block patterns and alternative mixed-use development that revitalize old community in central city. My design work ranked No. 1 in Studio Re-Imagining Dudley. In my last semester, I worked on the Regional Planning for Southeastern Massachusetts. The environmental, economic, and cultural implications that a range of population and industrial growth trends could cause to the region as well as the corresponding development strategies were the object of study in this studio class. I have also learned the application of sustainable development theory in my studio projects.

Activities and Societies: China GSD

Sep 2003 - Mar 2006

Tianjin University, Tianjin, CN, Bachelors, Architecture

In my study in TJU, I have learned extensive knowledge and theories in architecture from the perspectives of aesthetics, space, function, technology and humanities. And I have undergone rigorous training from a small flower shop to a large scale international performing arts center in the architectural design projects.

Graduation GPA ranked No. 1 in the class;
Design of Oriental Arts Institute of Nankai University ranked No. 1 in the grade;
Student of Academic Excellence of Tianjin University;
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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Second Class Excellent Schematic Design Award of CSCEC, Award

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


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.


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.


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