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DONG LU 737-781-1023 6805 Woodhollow Drive, Apt212, Austin, Texas

EDUCATION Aug.2016 – May 2017

Master of Interior Design | University of Texas at Austin, USA


Majoring in Interior Design, School of Architecture

Aug.2012 – May 2016

Bachelor of Interior and Furniture Design | Zhejiang A&F University, Zhejiang, China Majoring in Interior and Furniture Design, School of Architecture

SKILLS AutoCAD, SketchUp, VRay, Photoshop, InDesign 3ds Max, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Revit (Entry Level)

AWARDS 2015 Golden Prize | The 4th International (Yong An) Bamboo Products Design Contest 2015 Excellent Award | 7th Macao International Lotus Cup Hotel Furniture Design Competition 2016 Outstanding Student of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Zhejiang A&F University


Interior Designer, Purple Butterfly Studio | Zhejiang A&F University

Jul 2013 – Jul 2015

National College Students Entrepreneurship Training Program | Hangzhou, China

Jul 2015 – Sept 2015

Intern, Zhejiang Yasha Decoration Co., Ltd | Hangzhou, China

Jan 2016 – Jun 2016

Intern, Fengyasong Yang Culture Dissemination Co., Ltd | Hangzhou, China

WORKS VOLUME Architects are relationship builders — Jeanne Gang

01 Hotel Design: Austin, Texas

02 Extensible Community: Shenzhen, China

03 Bourbon Distillery: Austin, Texas

04 Exhibition Design: Austin, Texas

05 Other Works

City of Dreams Austin, Texas, 2018 Advanced Studio | Spring 2018 | During 15 Weeks Instructors: Nerea Feliz Arrizabalaga

This project is to design a Hotel in the north Austin, Texas. Instead of just providing standard accommodation, this project aims at offering experiences to guests that create memories that will stay with them. A continuous felt wall with peeling up on the surface encloses the space as a room, which has artifical light comes out from those openings, to create a charming and dreaming atmosphere for guests. The hotel’s layout resembles a cloud of cells; the solid and glass wall/cell wall defines the boundary of space and human activities, the felt wall/cell membrane as a media that achieves an interaction between guests and space, while the circulation/cell sap connects the whole hotel. A spatial unit prototype is also designed that tries to assemblage the sleeping area effectively and build certain spatial connection vertically. The four spiral staircases enable the guests to use the public space flexibly, rather than just stay at rooms.

Peeling up, Light & Room The initial study was to design an object in the room to identify the hotel’s unique characteristics. Taking the inspiration from paper peel up and lighting design, a continuous felt wall with peeling up on the surface encloses the space as a room, which has artifical light comes out from those openings, to create a charming and dreaming atmosphere for guests. The curved felt wall itself is also designed to separate the functionality of room. Finally, the peeling up density was manipulated to response to different degree of privacy and intimacy across the rooms.


Metal Structure

Waterproof Fabric

Oak Flooring

Slate Flooring

Texas Lamb Fur Throw

Physical Model: Room in the daytime and night










Lighting Effect with Different Density of Peeling Up

Unrolled Felt Wall

Farication & Lighting Experience Through control the position and density of peeling up, the felt wall performs as a media that achieves an interesting interaction between guests and space, which can be seen as an art work, to create a charming lighting experience in the room. Combine with the hotel design, the material of exterior wall for room is the glass, which enables light diffusing to public space or corridor.





First Floor

Layout & Layers The Hotel layout is inspired by SANAA’s Toledo Museum of Arts. The mutiple layers play a key role in faciltating the spatial diversity. The exterior glass wall performs as a open boundary to existing community; the interior walls(solid/glass) support the structure and meet the different needs of privacy; the felt wall achieves an interaction between people and space. Condiser of the rationality, a concrete bench is designed to replace some glass walls as SANAA did to reduce the space waste and create a new possibility for guests’ socilizing. At the same time, four courtyards are designed and located in the central area in order to guarantee the natural lighting for the hotel. Second Floor


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1. Lobby 2. Cafe 3. Restaurant 4. Kitchen 5. Courtyard

6. Restroom 7. Storage 8. Mechancial 9. SPA 10. Dress Room

11. Office 12. Meeting Room 13. Event Space 14. Gym




Spatial Unit Prototype A spatial unit prototype is designed that tries to assemblage the sleeping area effectively and to build certain vertical connection in the hotel. Putting an entrance lobby that surrounded by rooms on top of the courtyard to create a possibility for connection, which overlaps the public space (first floor) and the living area (second floor). At the same time, an atrium is designed and located at the corner of entrance lobby, which enables guests go downstairs through a spiral staircase and increases the natural lighting for the first floor. Finally, by using the corridor to connect these spatial unit prototypes, the hotel enables to be a flexible flowing space.

In the Courtyard

In the Entrance Lobby

Time Will Build Shenzhen, China, 2018 Group Work Extensible Community Prototype

Temporality is the essential property of dwelling, which embodies in the demand-drive spatial alteration. One of such alteration is the extension The design intents to explore a extensible afforable housing prototype, in witch both the private and public space has the possbility to be changed by the inhabitants. At the beginning, it will provide the affordable space for the young or low-incomer to live in the expensive but robust urban area. However, faced with the need to extend arising from the growth and greater complexity of the family nucleus, the extensions follow a coherent logic that has to do with the opportunities and restrictions of the original dwelling. Furthermore, the public space, serving the whole community, could also evolve in response to the collective needs. It will provide a flexible framework to construct a afforable community with the durable sturctures and flexible products, beyond which inhabitants will be encourage to enhance their living environment themselves. It explores an evolutionary process in housing design and operation.

Barrel Bourbon Distillery Austin, Texas, 2016 Advanced Studio | Fall 2016 | During 15 weeks Instrucors: Camille Jobe & Ada Corral

This project transforms an existing industrial shed into a bourbon distillery in south Austin. Making and tasting bourbon have different layers and complexities, which means different spatial requirements, such as interior circulation, privacy and natural lighting, should be well considered. For this project, my intention is to integrate the distillery into local community, and to reduce the disturbance among the different part of the building , then achiving the spatial harmony. Ispired by stamping experience in the filed trip, we intends to design a stamping room and a bottle wall system to connect the production area to tasting area. Carving into the existing structure to create a courtyard allows the distillery to become a destination for people within a larger scale, where is currently occupeid by coworking spaces, music venues and a variety of artisan tenants in south Austin.

Distillery & Community Carving into the existing structure to create a courtyard allows the distillery to become a destination for people within a larger scale. The courtyard is not only designed to be an outdoor tasting space for visitors, and it also transforms the distillery into an open space, which is integrated into local community.

site: The Yard, 440E St Elmo Rd, Austin, Texas

determine the position of stamping room and circulation

connect the distillery to The Yard

increase the visual connection between tasting space and production area

See view in the Courtyard

See the Distillations

See the Cooking Tanks

Visitor Worker

Interior Circulation and Spatial Relation The interior circulation is well designed to balance the tasting space and production area. Two type of spaces are relatively independent, which ensure the safety and sanitation of production.





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Stamping Room Stamping is a special step in bourbon production. It is not only the last step for production, but also the only one step that visitors can participate in production. Therefore, a stamping room is designed as a transition space to connect the tasting space and production area, which allows two type of spaces stay in the harmony in one distillery. Working with bottle wall system, the stamping room transforms distillery into a drinking party in loacl community.





1. Tasting Bar 2. Courtyard 3. Stamping Room 4. Distillation 5. Fermentation Room 6. Aging Room

7. Mechanical Room 8. Loading Dock 9. Cooking Tanks 10. Bottling Room 11. Storage 12. Kitchen


13.Restroom 14. Indoor Tasting 15. Private Tasting 16. Employee Lounge 17. Administration

Indoor Tasting Room the rendering reveals visual connection within the distillery, which allows visitors see distillations and courtyard in indoor tasting room.

Entry of Stamping Room the courtyard transforms distillery into a destination in a larger scale

Section A-A’ Through Bar, Courtyard, Stamping Room and Loading Dock the rounded seat on second floor entry hole of sunlight for stamping room, which increases the spitial connection on vertical direction

Section B-B’ Through Bottling Room, Stamping Room, Distillation and Aging Room the distillation, as the most remarkable thing in the distillery, can be seen from anywhere in tasting space

Bottle Wall System

Bottle Wall Recycle

Before receiving the site requirements, a preliminary design exercise was done to develop a wall that could begin to imply relationships between the tasting room and distillery. Abottle wall system is firstly designed to improve the bottling, stamping and drinking experience for visitors. When visitors rotate these bottle walls, the natural light that penetrates through the shifting bourbon and glass bottles will produce a variety of colors and halos and create a poetic drinking environment. As the result, the stamping room will become a gorgeous bourbon party.

Physical Model: Bottle Wall System

Taking the Arts & Crafts Home Austin, Texas, 2017 Advanced Studio | Fall 2017 | During 15 weeks Instrucors: Tamie Glass

“Taking the Arts and Crafts Home” is an exhibition that reflects on the Arts and Crafts Movement, specifically focusing on three key periods: English, American and American Post-war. It was developed in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center, which is an archive, library and museum located on the University of Texas at Austin. For this project, my intention is to describe the internal relation between the exhibits and create a novel visiting experience within a historic exhibition. Basically, the Arts and Crafts is a design philosophy rather than a style. That’s the reason why all the exhibits have different forms, such as furniture, magazines, patterns and etc, while they all respond to the intention of this movement. We use a series of random and disordered boxes to display the exhibits, respectively representing each development phase with different forms of the Arts and Crafts movement. In the meanwhile, a timeline system within the exhibition is used to imply the internal relation of exhibits—they have the same design philosophy and matter equally in promoting the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Initial Idea—“boxes” The basic idea of project is using a series of “boxes” to display the exhibits. These boxes are independent showrooms, which are random and disordered in orientation, size and color. Each box represents a specific period time of the Arts and Crafts Movement, and their inner decoration is also different with each other. Outside the box, some tactile, acoustic and multimedia experience about the Arts and Crafts Movement are applied to increase the diversity of spatial experience.

Concept Organization Crystal Palace Pugin

(2.1) Frank Lloyd Wright Ruskin


(1.1) Critique of the Industrial Revolution



(2.2) American Craftsmen

Furniture Greene + Greene



Ideology (2.3) Elbert Hubbard /Alice Hubbard

Roycroft Shops



Production Furniture



(2.4) Media

Dissemination through printed media Magazines


(1.2) William Morris Public Lectures

Development of Ideas


Theoretical Writing

ENGLISH Sears Biographical (2.5) Knockoffs


Illuminated Manuscripts Barker Bros Kelmscott Marketing

(1.3) Kelmscott Press DIY Books

ARTS AND CRAFTS Dissemination of Ideas How ideas were sold


(1.4) Retailers that were NOT Morris

Who was selling the ideas

Ashbee (1.5) Second Generation


Marketing Harwell Hamilton Harris

Crane, Hollyer and Essex


Karl Karat Ideology

Popular Mechanics

Plan Progression

America Post-war


1. Determine the developmental sequence of exhibits

2. Determine the quantity of boxes with the help of mind mapping

loading dock elevator


3. Rotate boxes to imply the spirit of innovation and increase the diversity of space

5. Remove the extra part of boxes

4. In consideration of limitation of site and appropriate distance between boxes, adjusting the position of boxes

6. Form public space outside of boxes, which can be used for experiencial activities

ROOM8 Media and Knockoffs


Headphone Wall

Title Wall





Hero Wall

ROOM7 Hubbard and the Roycrofters


Headphone Wall



Introduction Wall

The Arts & Crafts in the Post-War Era and at UT

ROOM1 Critique of the Industrial Revolution

ROOM6 American Craftsmen




Frank.L.Wright - American Tastemaker

Reading B

ROOM3 Mechanical Room


Donor Wall

Kelmscott Press







William Morris - the Intellectual Leader


Guild and School of Handicraft

Mediation Cornor


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Spatial Experience The exhibition is homogeneous and the boxes are evenly distributed. There is not an enforceable wayfinding in exhibition, and visitors are encouraged to enter any box they are interested in. Each box represents a specific period of time, when visitors walk through these boxes one by one, the visiting experience is like the time of montage.

D Listening

graphic timeline

LED light vinyl plane sub floor original wood floor

Timeline Time is the clue of this exhibiton. A Timeline System, which includes an liiuminated LED Light on thr floor and a Graphic Timeline on the wall, is designed to connect boxes and established a time coordinate in exhibition. With the help of it, people can find the best visiting sequence easily, although the boxes are randomly distributed.

1/8’’ Physical Model

Environmental Atmosphere For Public Space, the white exterior wall of boxes create a continuous and clean space; for Display Space, nine kinds of colors wallpaper, that derive from a specific historic period, decorate each box, creating an impactive and characteristic atmosphere in each box.









Color Scheme nine kinds of colors and patterns that come from Arts and Crafts Movement response to specific historic periods


Public Space In public space, the cool light create a dark and mysterious atmosphere

Showroom 2 inside of boxes, the warm light create a bright atmosphere which is beneficial to reading and watching

OTHER WORKS Prototype Uniqueness Mountain

Stool Prototype Digital Fabrication Austin, Texas, 2017 Instrucor: Igor Siddiqui

Architecture and industrial design, building and furniture, similarly probe into form to resist load. Vault actually is the result of this exploration, combining the phenomenological aethetics with physical strength. Therefore, vault as prototype was studied in digital simulating to find series of customized but reasonable form. Beyond the digital prototype, the fabrication is another part to complete the handcraft circle. We then explore the concrete-casting, which is the most suitable techniques for constructing vault. Through the iterative trials, we develop a casting process and keep trying to make the vault thinner.

Prototype - Fabrication Process

1. Digital Modeling With Kangaroo

Prototype - Stool Model

2. Foam Inner Mould Cut By CNC Router

3. Foam Outer Mould C

Cut By CNC Router

4. Casting Concrete into the Cavity Between Module

Uniqueness Tea Table Kit Design Hangzhou, China, 2016 Instrucor: Song Li

Uniqueness a series of furniture design that using the recombinant bamboo and specific milling technology. The inspiration basiclly comes from the mottled shadow of banboo, the filleted bamboo blocks are spliced regularly to form a decorative texture with characteristics of bamboo, and the holes between blocks enable the light to go through the gaps and cast mottled shadow on the ground. The table win the golden prize of 4th International (YongAn) Bamboo Product Contest and then with the help of my advisor Song Li, I develop it to a furniture kit and it was exhibited in 2015 International Bamboo Furniture Expo.

Concept Sketch

Products in Expo

Mountain New Chinese Style Furniture Hangzhou, China, 2016 Instrucor: Guangyao Li

“Mountain� is a New Chinese style furniture design that combine the traditional craftsmanship bamboo waving and modern design. The intention for this work is to think about how to develop this traditional craft in modern society, and how to use diverse bamboo materials in furniture design. Getting the inspiration from Mountain and Water, which are two important images in traditional Chinese culture, I use the simple lines to describe mountain and furniture’s quiet temperament to metaphor water, finally design a series of modern and simple furniture that is endowed with unique oriental charm.

Bamboo Weaving Slice Thin Steel Slice

Bamboo Weaving Slic

Normal Bamboo

ce Bamboo Weaving

Normal Bamboo Screen


Flower Table


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