yuqi cui

yuqi cui

New York, NY, US

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I’m a current master candidate at Columbia University studying Architecture and Urban Design, expecting to gradu- ate on May 12th, 2018.

My education in Urban Design has provided me with rich academic experience to work on the multi-scalar analysis. I also gained the practical skills by working on real projects. Since December of 2015, I have performed design research at LINK lab, which is a studio of three full-time architects. This opportunity committed me to researching the viability and opportunity for the project including mixed-use developments, modular high-end residences, student housing, etc. It also trained me in business development, such as bringing projects from initial client meetings to permitting, performing due diligence on potential investment opportunities. My other professional experiences include internships at Walt Disney Imagineering and AECOM, which also enhanced my skills in the discipline of architecture to realize new models of the built environment that are healthy, vibrant, and equitable.

Besides, I am an innovator who extracts design solutions from a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that complex problems are met with relevant and trend setting solutions. In 2012, I led a team to start a 2-year-research to target the current consumption mode in China and published a brochure promoting personal fabrication through Maker Spaces. With this experience, I had the honor of being one of the selected speakers at TEDx Youth in Suzhou in 2014.

These experience helped me to have a better understanding of the complexity of a design project. I especially learned how to treat the city as an agent of resilience and purpose a feasible solution that weaves through public space, social justice, and ecological systems. 



Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP), New York, NY, US, Community Design Fellow

• Design and engage with a New York City neighborhood to explore public space activation solutions to areas of high criminal activity • Audit and map safety concerns and risk locations of NYCHA housing, develop an action plan and identify projects for implementation • Facilitate monthly meetings and training sessions with stakeholders and produce visual documentation to assist the workgroup

Mar 2018 - current

Linklab, Phoenix, AZ, US, Design Research

• Brought 3 projects from initial client meetings to permitting, performing due diligence on potential investment opportunities.
• Researched the viability and opportunity for 2 mixed-use developments in Hawaii
• Designed the master planning and submission folder of “ Western Cultural Center Project” (360,000sf) from concept - 100%SD
• Led the Shanghai E-sports Center Project from concept to 100% completion
• Initiated weekly project meetings with owner and contractor, coordinated presentation packages for the E-sports Center (20,000SF)

Sep 2016 - May 2017

Walt Disney Imagineering, Shanghai, CN, Creative Intern

Creative Department & Environmental Design and Engineering Department
• Carried the consumer insights into the concept development. Specialized in cultural, socio-economic backgrounds of Chinese Market • Renovated the immersive user experiment of 3 commercial facilities, and generated the ideas into 3D design
• Supervised the process of the construction by providing analysis for Project Manager and assisting in managing project les and construction drawings

Dec 2014 - Jun 2015


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

Jan 2018 - current

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