Yini Xu

Yini Xu

New York, NY, US

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I am a newly graduate of the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation(GSAPP) in New York City.

I have previous work experience at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Architects, Architecture Design & Research Institute of Tongji University, Dutch Design Workspace and Ninom Architecture and Design Office in Shanghai, China. In the time at various studios, I have been involved in projects with various scales and programs and also participated in different phases of design and construction.

My architectural passions lie at the complexity and contradiction with artificial and natural world, exploring the boundaries and bridges between the two.

I also hold a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a second major in English Literature. I was the president of School Student Union and Future Architects Association. 



Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

Rhino modeling, construction drawings and physical model making
Research of site, background, typology

Sep 2015 - Mar 2016

Architecture Design & Research Institute of Tongji University (Group) Co., Ltd, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

Project development, plan and section CAD drawings

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015

Dutch Design Workspace, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

Detailed FF&E design, modeling, construction drawings
Managed communication with clients, suppliers and construction team
Site Inspection for an interior design project

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Ninom Architecture and Design Office, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

3D modelling, interior rendering and 2D plan drawings
Site inspection and presentation preparation

Jan 2014 - Feb 2014


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MSAAD

Jun 2016 - current

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Shanghai, CN, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016


Honor Award for Excellence in Design, Award

This award is given in recognition of the high quality of work in design studio during the program of studies at Columbia


William Kinne Fellows Prize, Scholarship

This prize is for study and travel based on the winning proposal jointly with Kig Veerasunthorn, "10 Works 10 Spaces, Young Belgian Architects' Office"


First Prize of Wood Furniture Design Competition in SJTU, 1st Place

In collabration with other four students
Exhibited in 2014 China International Furniture Fair


Academic Excellence Scholarship (First Class), Award


Areas of Specialization