zhe Cao

zhe Cao

New York, NY, US



Zhe Cao received a Master of Science of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

Zhe reads and composes architecture as a spatial and programmatic antidote to calibrate social tension and complicity. His works mainly focus on architecture and urban typology, city forms, as well as spatial, material and tectonic locality of architecture. Besides, he believes that photography and film-making help depicting urban context and building architectural narrative. At Columbia GSAPP, Zhe is investigating city study and radical urbanism, spatial and programmatic anomaly, and programming on-site actor network.



Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, DPC, New York, Designer

- Zoning study, code analysis, massing study, conceptual design.
- Design development, bidding documents. Multiple NYC office fit-outs(test layout).
- Construction documents. Architectural detail: interior/millwork/building envelope.
- Coordinated with MEP, structural and other consultants(hardware/kitchen/smart home, etc). Collaborated with interior designer for specification.
- Assisted registered architect filing project with New York Building Department/Fire Department. Developed building tax division drawing, coordinated with project attorney.
- Construction administration: Reviewed submittals/shop drawings. Oversaw con-struction on site. Developed punchlists.

Nov 2017 - current

NO ARCHITECTURE, PLLC, New York, Architect

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017

NO ARCHITECTURE, PLLC, New York, Intern Architect

Contributed in the demolition, combination and interior designing of two high-end apartments in New York City. Drafted multiple design drawing, diagrams, made adjustments according to client and expeditor, developed the whole drawing set through AutoCAD. Also led the construction of a large-scale physical model.

Collaborated in a 13,000 m2 residential competition in Switzerland. Initialed the master planning. Contributed in multiple technical drawings including building sections and underground garage plan. Produced the perspective rendering as well as the physical model.

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Greentown Architecture Design, Hangzhou, CN, Intern Architect

Worked primarily in the design development phase of more than 6 projects. Designed across all phases from conceptual design through to construction documentation. Assisted with the production of multiple construction drawing. Drafted various design drawings, and accompany firm partners to assorted construction sites to oversee the construction process, as well as present proposal and discuss progress with clients.

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

CCTN Design, Nanjing, CN, Intern Architect

Assisted as design aid for a 20000 m2 commercial complex in social housing project in Anhui province. Contributed to design conception, detailing and material selections.

Jul 2014 - Sep 2014


Columbia University, New York, Masters, MSAAD

At Columbia GSAPP, Zhe is investigating city study and radical urbanism, spatial and programmatic anomaly, and programming on-site actor network.

Jun 2016 - May 2017

Southeast University, Nanjing, CN, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016


GAD Travel Scholarshop, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization