Jiayao Zhao

Jiayao Zhao

Philadelphia, PA, US

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Architectural Designer and UPenn MArch 2024 candidate passionate about merging innovative design with sustainable practices. Eager to contribute my skills to a dynamic team upon graduation in May 2024.



BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, DK, Design Assistant

• Contributed to the architectural and interior design of the 36-story OPPO
HQ office tower and its adjacent shopping complex in Hangzhou, engaging
from the DD phase through CD and CA phase. Worked closely with local
design institutes to align architectural and interior designs with construc-
tion standards.
• Directed the redesign of the office tower’s entrance, integrating fire safety
measures into the facade without compromising design aesthetics, utilizing
Grasshopper and Rhino for modeling and Revit for final drawings.
• Led comprehensive facade optimization study for the office tower in Grass-
hopper, developed multiple strategies to balance aesthetic with environ-
mental resilience. Used Enscape for visualizations and crafted presentations
in InDesign for the review of PMs and Partners .
• Conducted structural design studies for the office tower’s canteen, optimiz-
ing beam and column layouts for structural efficiency and visual appeal, in
collaboration with structural consultants.
• Assisted in a proposal for an undisclosed international park competition,
coordinated with external vendors to assemble the detailed physical models,
contributing to the team’s presentation efforts.

Sep 2022 - May 2023

MGA Partners, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

• Assisted in the organization of MGA Partners’ project documentation
spanning the last 3-5 years, utilizing Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, CAD,
and Revit. Spearheaded the update and unification of site plans and render-
ings for award submissions and firm marketing, enhancing the presentation
quality across all materials.
• Contributed to the winning proposal for the Drexel University main cam-
pus planning competition. Collaborated effectively with a multidisciplinary
team, employed Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint to develop compel-
ling textual and visual content.

May 2022 - Aug 2022

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, 3D Scanning Technician

Used 3D Scanners to scan items and Post-process the Digital Models for Projects Provided by teachers and students.

Dec 2021 - Aug 2022

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Extern

Participated in a week-long office site visit, project meetings, and one-on-one internship meetings with professionals from multiple departments and fields.

Jan 2022 - Jan 2022

Arcadis, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

• Developed alternative commercial rooftop canopy designs for the a Vanke
TOD project using Grasshopper and Rhino, presenting to the principal.
Assisted in design analysis with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Enscape; con-
tributed to fire escape modeling and early-stage interior design research,
including precedent image collection and PowerPoint creation.
• Played a key role in a high-rise complex competition in Chongqing. Led
the design of lobby areas and various residential units using CAD. Built a
site model with Grasshopper and Rhino based on client specifications, and
collaborated on the final 3D printed model.

May 2021 - Aug 2021


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Expected Graduation: May 2024

Selected Relevant Courses:
Studio, Enclosures, Environmental Systems,
Form and Algorithm, Construction, Structures

Jun 2020 - current

Areas of Specialization