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Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) University of Edinburgh

- Access September 2020


UUN: S2099235


EDUCATION 09/2017-07/2019 Liverpool, UK

09/2015-07/2017 Suzhou, China


Bachelor of arts with honours in architecture Upper second class (Honours)


03/2019 Birmingham, UK


04/2018 Manchester, UK


09/2017-04/2018 Liverpool, UK


11/2015 Suzhou, China


Bachelor of engineering in architecture, Awarded

INTERNSHIP 07/2017-08/2017 Beijing, China


06/2016-07/2016 Suzhou, China


Project: Binjiang Commercial District Design, Nanchang Responsibility: Schematic design

Project: Faรงade reconstruction, Beiting Road, Nanjing Responsibility: Schematic design

ASSOCIATION 09/2017-06/2019 Liverpool, UK


03/2016-03/2017 Suzhou, China


03/2016-03/2017 Suzhou, China


- Active member - Played in the leagues (BUCS Badminton)

- Founding member - Organized cultural exchange activities to raise money

- Vice president, Urban Construction Branch - Host of Career Talk, organized events, exhibitions

LANGUAGE Chinese, English and Spanish.

- Media mixed zone volunteer

- Active participant

- Mentee

- Member in Season 9

OTHER Interests

Badminton, Photography and Violin.

Field Trip

Rome - Italy (2018 Spring), Milano - Italy (2019 Spring).




Rhinoceros 5.0





Hand Drafting & Model Making


When I was a child, I was fascinated by the facades of buildings and enjoyed imagining their interiors. During the architectural studies at university, I wondered what could be the interface between the internal and external worlds. So, I tried to design several buildings with different degrees of openness and various forms that corresponded with human life. The Child-friendly Space Workshop impressed me most during the first two years of study in Suzhou. We built a semi-open cardboard shelter to allow children to play with the multifunctional walls and a double-acting door. The workshop helped me discover that the difference between inside and outside was not limited by a wall. It could be a space shared by people. The two years of education at the University of Liverpool broadened my horizon. I learned about British architect jobs in the RIBA Student Mentoring Program. I also envisioned the future regeneration of Manchester City Hall at the RIBA Soul Charrette workshop. In my final year project “Community Regeneration” at the Anfield community, I was honored to receive the guidance of Stirling Prize winner Michael Wilford. On his advice, I finally designed a gathering tower with a brewery, social housing with new typologies and buffer zones to build a link between the community and the football fans. This assignment seemed to imply that the public facilities could also be regarded as interfaces in urban that guarantee the private and shared spaces for different groups. In other courses of study, I was inspired by Le Corbusier's “Towards a New Architecture". It suggests that the surface is an essential quality in architecture. A facade is one of the expressions of surface, it could be like a beautiful transition. I participated in a facade reconstruction project during the internship at the Futurepolis Suzhou. To improve its regional vitality and accomplish the transition with the surrounding historical buildings, we decided to combine the current terracotta slabs with rust steel plates on the new facades. Although the facades were not functional, they could be used visually as an interface to soften the relationship with the surrounding area. From the training in the universities as well as the internship, I found that diverse aesthetic expressions of an interface is required in any situations, and based on different landscapes, population characteristics and cultural backgrounds. I desire to continue my education in different regions to learn diverse methods of expression in an urban environment. I would like to apply for the Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) at the University of Edinburgh. With undergraduate experience in the UK, I have fallen in love with this country, especially Edinburgh which is a city with beautiful landscape. In the study of RIBA part 1, I adapted to the university life and curriculums of the School of Architecture in UK, and tried to explore more architectural expressions in studio design. I’m very interested in this programme because it has diversified research directions to choose and could improve my theoretical knowledge and ability of design. I believe that this invaluable opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh will broaden my horizon and enable me to realize my dream of developing and expressing more unique ideas in the field of architecture in China.

Introduction Architecture usually serves more than one group of people. Shared space could provide opportunities for interaction with other groups on the basis of ensuring private space. The portfolio will discuss three types of shared spaces for different groups of people in different situations and scales. - Liverpool Football Club is surrounded by residential areas. Fans’ activities may bring inconvenience and noise to the residents during the match days. Public facilities and buffer zones could be shared spaces between the stadium and housings to eliminate the conflicts between fans and residents.

- A jazz concert includes both auditory and visual sharing between the performers and the audiences. A translucent wall behind the stage could share the visions with pedestrians.

- The transportation system represented by train station is next to the IJ River but isolates it at the same time. Diversities of new public spaces along the IJ riverside could make the train station as a link between the river and urban and reorganize the urban shared space system for citizens and tourists.

- One single playground for all children might cause safety problem and unsuitable scale of facilities. Using the trees as natural shared elements could not only separate series of playgrounds for different age groups of children and their parents but also build links among the playgrounds.

CONTENT Academic Work



Merging the Groups Anfield, Liverpool, UK 2018-2019, Final Year Project

02 [ JAZZ CLUB ]


Aural Architecture As New Typology of Public Space Ropewalks, Liverpool, UK 2018 Spring, Year 3 Semester 2



Temporary Floating Space for Olympic Diving Pool IJ Riverside, Amsterdam, Netherland 2019 Summer



Child-friendly Space Egret Park, Suzhou, China 2017 Spring, Year2 Semester 2 * Unlabeled images are by Huiyi Tong.

01 [ COMMUNITY REGENERATION ] Merging the Groups

Project Venue: Liverpool, UK Time: 2018-2019, Final Year Project Project Type: Academic, Individural Work Tutor: Valentino Capelo Email Adress:

Anfield community is famous for the Anfield Stadium, which is the home of Liverpool Football Club. However, the population in Anfield reduces every year because of the lacking of diverse urban life. The community has planned to rebuild some new terraces to increase the population and vibrancy. Nevertheless, it seems to be a problem that there is lacking of interation within the neighbourhood and between the stadium and residential areas. People are not motivated to get along with each other. The idea is to build links between the community and the football supporters by creating new public facilities and housing schemes between the residential areas and the stadium.








The space between the residential area and the stadium is tend to be a GAP in terms of scale and typology. Because there are lots of differences on facilities using, vehicular moving and pedestrian flow during non-match days and match days, the space using is unbalanced and it would cause traffic jam, unsatisfaction of the residents and inconvenience of the fans.



Facility for the Group

Stadium School Supermarket Pharmacy Church Vegetation Cemetery Parking Lot Pubs Hotel Temporary Shop

Bus Route Main Vehicle Route Taxi Drop Off Point

Vehicular Movement Pedestrian Flow (High) Pedestrian Flow (Low)

Accessibility Public Space Open Area

Main Pedestrian Route

Pedestrain Movement 2

Match Day - Fans

[CONFLICT] The CONFLICTS are mainly between the fans and residents. Because there are lacking of facilities as transition between the residential areas and the stadium, residents would feel disturbed by the football fans during match days. Lots of fans will come to the stadium and make noise, some of them might get drunk and disrupt social order. Many of the residents could not stand it and moved out. During non-match days, the streets are very silent. Residents go to other neighborhoods frequently because of the small amount of infrastructure nearby. City council planned to improve the vibrancy of the community and reduce the conflicts in terms of privacy and noise problems. They set up a Spatial Regeneration Framework and decided to create more infrastructure, public spaces and rebuild the housings.

Non-match Day - Residents 3

- Population Decay - Facades on Anfield Road



- Which group should be the representative of Spirit of Anfield?

[PROBLEM] 1. Residents feel unhappy to live here because of the noise and inconvenience. 2. The housing status is too old. 3. The plaza is too small for the crowd during match days. -How to serve both groups of people in the same area with different ways?


Site Stadium Area Residential Area Infrastructure Area

1. Create more public facilities and shared spaces to satisfy both residents and fans. 2. Protect residents' privacy by designing a new housing typology. 3. Using the open areas to enlarge the plaza and add more green spaces. 4. Control the pedestrian flow by attracting them to specific area. 4

Scheme Analysis

- Site Boundary The venue includes the main route to the stadium a n d i s s u r ro u n d e d b y residential areas.

- Zoning & Central Axis The site could be divided into 5 zones, including residential areas and public facilities. The central axis indicates the main route.

- Shared Space The areas on the sides of the central axis are interspersed by shared spaces and facades. Different shared spaces have different degree of privacy.

- Public Space Extension

Community Connection Public Space for Fans Public Space for Residents

Other roads expand outward from the axis, so as the public spaces. The green spaces expand from the park along the axis to express continuity.


Square for Residents

Brew Pub

Square for Fans

[MOBILITY] The gathering tower and brewery work as filters to guarantee the privacy. The buffer zones between the buildings could be the transition and provide shared spaces for different groups of people. The gallery on the second floor of the housing provides a secondary circulation for residents.


External Wall Detail

Materialization Roof Garden (Reinforced Concrete Shell)

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7. Tubular steel baluster 8. 80mm in total thermal insulation 9. 30mm battens & leveling battens 10. 15mm adhesive parquet 11. 65mm heating screed 12. 20mm sound insulation 13. 15mm gypsum plaster 14. 180mm reinforced concrete

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Vertical Rhythm (Curtain Wall)

1. 10mm red silicate paint with mineral rendering 2. 180mm in total thermal insulation 3. 50mm layer of gravel plastic sealing layer 4. 200mm in total thermal insulation 5. Bitumen vapour barrier (Waterproof) 6. 180mm reinforced concrete roof

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15. Expansion joint 16. Robust plinth (Brick) 17. Drain pipe 18. 70mm in total thermal insulation 19. Reinforced concrete foundation 20. 90mm thermal insulation with waterproof

Plans of Typical Block Flooring & Circulation

Ground Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

Third Floor

- Rammed Concrete - Constructed By Residents

Flooring Circulation Lift & Staircase Roof Garden 7

02 [ JAZZ CLUB ]

Aural Architecture As New Typology of Public Space Project Venue: Liverpool, UK Time: 2018 Spring, Year 3 Semester 2 Project Type: Academic, Individural Work Tutor: Ronny Ford Email Adress:

As a city where the Beatles and many other bands were born, Liverpool has the distinctive musical heritage that retains to these days. Located in the centre of Liverpool, ROPEWALKS is a neighbourhood with strips of old and new buildings and a few squares in between the roadways. It might be better to have a jazz club to continue and enrich the diverse music culture. Ropewalks square is lacking of arrangement. It's in an important position where the roadways next to it are the main streets to go to the commercial centre. The idea is to build a jazz club with translucent facade behind the stage and public spaces on the lower floors and rooftop to enhance the mobility of both shared spaces and music.





Site Residential Area Museum District Commercial Centre University District Train Station Main Street Roadway


- East-west Connection

- North-south Public Space

Surrounded by the commercial centre, university, train station, museums and residential areas, ROPEWALKS consists of north-south roadways and east-west public spaces. People go through the roadways and reach the commercial centre during the day and remain in the music pubs to drink and chat at night. The music culture in this city is mainly reflected in people’s nightlife. Many bands play in the pubs (or outdoor public spaces) and become more and more famous, like the Beatles. The diversity of music style is also popular in every corner of the city. For example, Billy Fury and his rock and roll and A Flock of Seagulls and their new wave. Some songs even become a symbol of the city, like "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Gerry & the Peacemakers. "Free Sound" is the spirit of jazz. Designing a jazz club in ROPEWALKS could bring more stories to the music culture. To match the concentrated area of ​​the music pub, the site is located between Bold Street and Wood Street, adjacent to and engaging with Ropewalks Square. How to play with vision and aurality to explore the interface within the jazz club? How to create vertical spatial circulation while retaining the property of public space?

- Functionality Site

Roadways from east to west connect the commercial centre and residential areas.

Public spaces are scattered between buildings to connect roadways.

Pubs and night clubs are mainly in the north-east of ROPEWALKS (along the Bold Street).

Souvenir Shop Other Shops Restaurant & Pub Cenima & Gallery Train Station Supermarket Night Club Resident Flat Student Flat Public Building Hotel Surrounding Buildings Function Concentration Area 9

- Potential Public Space Music Culture

Potential Public Space System


Type 1 - First Floor

Public Space Parking Lot Music Pub

Type 2 - Rooftop

Type 3 - Ground Floor

There are some public spaces in ROPEWALKS played in different roles between buildings and roadways. According to levels, public space could be divided into three types (as shown on the left). I combine these three types of public space in my design to express the diversity of public spaces on different levels.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

Open Space System

Base Structure


- Private & Shared Space

- Stage

- Jazz Club

Private Space Shared Space Outdoor Access

- Location

- Footpath

- Shared Space System

[SHARED SPACE] The glamour of jazz is that you may have different feelings from aurality to performance. So how would the feeling change from only see the shadow of the light and performance to only hear the music when you walk closer, then enter the room? Different typologies of shared spaces on different levels are connected by vertical circulations. The functional rooms connect with the shared spaces and used by different groups. 11

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- External Wall & Roof Detail

2. Transparent Cement

S t r u c t u r e Ty p e : S t e e l s t r u c t u r e w i t h EQUITONE panels, curtain walls and concrete foundations.

3. White Cement 4. Red Panel 5. Red Brick 6. White Cement


7. Brick with Yellow Paint

1. EQUITONE Panel 2. Mineral Wool Insulation with Damp 3. Waterproof Membrane 4. Platform Floor Treatment 5. Steel Beam 6. Metal Roof Cladding 7. Steel Truss

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T h e m a te r i a l i t y o n t h e fa c a d e i n c l u d e s EQ U I TO N E , g l a s s a n d translucent cement. Different levels of visibility make the jazz club brand new every night.



03 [ WATERFRONT SHARED SPACE ] Temporary Floating Space for Olympic Diving Pool Project Venue: Amsterdam, Netherland Time: 2019 Summer Project Type: Academic, Individural Work Tutor: Byrong Wu Email Adress:

Amsterdam is a city with strong focus on environmental protection and water management. Due to the large water area, it's probably a good way to create useful spaces on the water. As for Olympic Games diving match venue, IJ riverside is a nice choice because it's in the centre of the city and closed to the transportation system. However, The infrastructure isolates city from riparian space. There is lacking of transition along the riverside and connection with the urban. The idea is to build a temporary diving match venue by combining the floating base units. During the non-match days, the floating units could be recombined to create different types of shared spaces along the two sides of the river .


- Distinction & Connection between the Zones




Public Space

- Isolation Between the IJ River and Urban

- Possibility of the Connection

Rverside Building Transition Area Building Urban Building Public Space 14

- Exist & Potential Public Space PHASE 1

- The ideal venue for Olymipic diving match. The cruise ship from the pier next to it could be regarded as temporary grandstand during the match days.

PHASE 2 - The transportation pier is very busy and it's lacking of shared spaces for people to remain.

PHASE 2 - Beside the entrance of the train station, it's nice to have a shared space to attract people to come to the riverside.

PHASE 2 - Beside the "Music Building on the IJ", the cafe platform could be extended to make people get closer to the water.

Important Public Building Potential Connection along the River

Potential Site Exist Public Space Connection With the Urban



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1. Recyclable Timber Decking

1. Roofing with Solar Panels

2. Recyclable Timber Deck Brace

2. Planting Space

3. EPSC (Expanded Polystyrene) Floating Base

3. Floating Base with Pipes for Irrigation & Water Purification

- Combination of Floating Units BIKE PARKING







PHASE 1 - DIVING MATCH VENUE - View From the Grandstand

- View From the Cafe

- Forms in Different Phase 1

PHASE 1 - Diving Match


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PHASE 2 - Swimming Pool

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1. Information & Shop 2. Athlete Changing Room 3. Diving Platform 4. Temporary Grandstand & WC 5. Cruise Ship Pier (Temporary Grandstand)

1. Reception & Shops 2. Sunbathing 3. Free Swim 4. Children Playing 5. Permanent Grandstand & Cafe 17




PHASE 2 - PUBLIC SPACE - View From the Beach

- View From the Eye Film Museum

[TRANSITION] During the non-match days, the floating units could be recombined into different types of shared spaces along the IJ river to activate the riverside. Floating shared spaces with different functions could be the transition between the land and the river. GREEN AREA


Beside the high traffic infrastructure area particularly, the shared spaces could attract both tourists and residents to come and remain. It could also make the connection with the urban stronger. Some functions like the greenhouse could bring benefits to the environment and enrich the riverside landscape.


04 [ PLAYFULNESS ] Child-friendly Space

Project Venue: Suzhou, China Time: 2017 Spring, Year 2 Semester 2 Project Type: Academic, Individural Work Workshop: Group Work, Designed & Built shelters Tutor: Peta Carlin Email Adress:

Children are a special group with a great demand for shared space to interact with each other. Child-friendly space indicates series of diverse shared spaces at proper spatial scales. By the Dushu lake in Suzhou, Egret Park is a quiet park for residents to take a walk with family and enjoy the lake view. Children play around the trees and riding bikes on the pavements. However, the playing space is lacking of arrangement and might cause safety problems. The idea is to improve the playfulness by creating series of playgrounds by the lake for different age groups to do various of activities safely. The trees could be regarded as shared elements between the playgrounds and make children interact with the nature.


- Functional Division

- Vegetation

EGRET PARK Suzhou is a city covered by lots of lakes and rivers. As a quiet corner by the Dushu lake, Egret park is surrounded by universities and public buildings. The park includes a large area of green space, several public squares and a church.


Egret Park University Zone Public Building Zone Car Parking Site Main Paths to the Site Public Square Church Hotel Sports Centre 1:50000

The main entrance is at the northern end of the park. Multiple vegetation covers make the scenery in the park full of diversity. However, this also limits the paths in the park. It is hard to satisfy children in different age groups doing different activities. In this natural shared space as playground, trees could be regarded as vertical rhythms and divide the landscape into pieces with different scales of space. At the same time, trees could also connect the playing spaces and lead children to go through the park. To rearrange the playground with nature, it's important to explore the proper spacial scales for each age group and the preferred activities they do.

- Playground with Nature


- The Anthropometric Information on Children 2 YEARS OLD 1 3 2


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1. 874mm 2. 790mm 3. 1004mm 4. 521mm 5. 365mm 6. 130mm 7. 231mm

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1. 491mm 2. 526mm 3. 638mm 4. 293mm 5. 370mm 6. 95mm

- Children's Activity & Hieroglyph - Potential Problem in the Park

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1. 1166mm 2. 1048mm 3. 1386mm 4. 701mm 5. 486mm 6. 138mm 7. 285mm

Looking through the current design of the park, there are some lackings which might bring impacts to children's activities and safety. According to the children's preferred activities realted to the nature, it would be better to have various of playgrounds with different themes. In addition, different patterns, materials and scales of the facilities might influence the acitivities they choose to do as well.

- Lack of Facilities for Children - No Safety Fence by the lake

- One Pavement for Both Kids & Adults

- Lack of Interaction between Kids & Parents 21

- Workshop Photos (Group Work)

- Playground Route Map

2 Meters High Shelter (Double Acting Door)

1 Meter High Shelter

2 Meters High Shelter ("Playing Wall")

Interaction with the Shelter

- Exploration of the Playful Space

WORKSHOP The workshop is aiming to explore the proper spacial scale which attracts children more as shared space. It’s interesting to find that smaller scale shelter is more popular. The structure is supported by cardboard columns and beams and fixed by cords and card slots to keep the children safe.

Potential Connection through the Site Original Path Grove Grove Boundary Lake Pool Potential Playground Open Area Children's Flow

On the basis of retaining existing vegetation, the whole site could be divided into several circular playgrounds with a potential curved route. Every playground would be defined based on the context (lake, road and vegetation) and suggest different age groups' activities. 22

- Playground Theme

- Music Fountain & Sand Playground


Column Sculpture Connection Football Field

Playing Equipments

Shallow Pool

Swimming Pool

Sand Playground

Playing Equipments Music Fountain Ribbon Sculpture Connection Parent-Child Playground

- Basketball Field & Equipments - Parent-Child Playground

To achieve the continuity, the circular playgrounds are connected with playing belts. Trees could be the natural shared element as connections as well. The shallow pool and swimming pool are in the central of the landscape to extend the strict edge. Different patterns and arrangements correspond to different age groups. Sometimes trees are also parts of the playground. It could make children feel closer to nature. 23

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