Yu Cao

Yu Cao

New York, NY, US



Self-starter, faster learner and team player

Design innovation and Entrepreneurship

Master of Architecture graduate from Rhode Island School of Design

Expertise: Architecture, Landscape architecture, Art direction, Research



Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, US, Teacher of Architecture

• Appointed by Department Head Laura Briggs to head an introductory architecture studio –– RISD and Lincoln School collaboration project.
• Invent the syllabus. Co-teach 14 high school students for one semester.
• Invite and organize guest speakers and critics from both RISD and Brown University.

Sep 2016 - Nov 2016

Friedrich St.Florian Architects, Providence, RI, US, Architectural Designer

• Work with architect Friedrich St. Florian on the entry for an international competition– “Iceland Trekking Cabin”, from idea to concrete architectural proposal. Fully engaged in background research, design strategy, concept design, resolving the architectural program through plan, section, elevation, rhino model and analog model.
• Invent an effective skin-folding mechanism that allows for the cabin to fold and unfold from a footprint of 16 square meters to 100 square meters through mathematical analysis and analog modeling.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Orient Landscape Ltd.Co., Providence, RI, US, Architectural Designer

• Be on of a 7 people team in the Central Park Design project of Wuxing District, Huzhou, China.

• Site visit. Site analysis. In charge of the schematic design and design development of Painting and Calligraphy area. Assist in the client meeting and presentation.

• The construction of the project was completed in 2016.

Sep 2012 - Mar 2013


Brown University, Take courses

Take courses:

Entrepreneurial Process, 2017
Persuasive Communication, 2016
Contemporary Architecture, 2016
Political Science: Ideas, Institutions and Politics, 2015

Jan 2015 - Jun 2017

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture, 2015-2017
Landscape Architecture coursework, 2014-2015

• On board of Graduate Student Alliance 2015-2016
• Present to RISD Board of Trustees during “Student Stories” session in the Board meeting in 2016.
• Receive RISD Warren Family Social Engagement Award among 800 graduates in 2017. It is "to be awarded to a graduating student who, through their creativity, energy, care for others and devotion to the greater good has significantly made a difference in the RISD community."

Sep 2014 - Jun 2017

Yunnan University, Kunming, China, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

• Yunnan Province Outstanding College Graduate | 2013
• Yunnan University First Class Scholarship | 2009-2013
• Third Prize in Yuanye International Landscape Architecture Thesis Competition | 2013
• First Prize in Logo Design for Urban Planning Conference for National Higher Education Institutions |2011
• National University Students Innovative Research Grant | China | 2010-2012
• Third Prized in Yunnan Province Architectural Structure Design Competition | 2010
• Excellence Student Leader in Yunnan University | 2009-2010

Sep 2008 - Jun 2013


Rhode Island School of Design Warren Family Social Engagement Award, 1st Place

Receive the “Warren Family Social Engagement Award” of 2017 among more than 800 graduates for using “creativity, energy, care for others and devotion to the greater good has significantly made a difference in the RISD community.”


RISD Graduate Student Project Grant, 1st Place

This award is for graduate student carry out a self-initiated research project.

Initiate and conduct research: “Pattern Language of China’s Vernacular Architecture.” Investigate two UNESCO sites in China: Ancient City of Ping Yao in Shanxi and Potala Palace in Tibetan. Methods: anthropology fieldwork, drawing, reading and writing.


Yunnan Province Outstanding College Graduate, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization