Page 1

LEXIE YISHA LI Portfolio 2018


MArch, University of Pennsylvania



6/2017 - 8/2017

CEMEX Research Group AG Biel, Switzerland Research & Development in Material Design Intern, working with innovative cement products to design and construct fabric-formed structures

12/2013 - 10/2014

Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong SAR SHK Private Signature Account Department Sales & personal assistant for Senior Vice President of Sales

06/2012 - 11/2013

Financial Partners Limited Hong Kong SAR Operations & Administration Department Junior administrative and sales assistant for a wealth management firm

06/2015 - 05/2018

Master of Architecture University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

08/2008 - 06/2012

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR Finance Concentration - First Class

08/2010 - 06/2011

Exchange Program Baylor University, Waco, TX


“Hollumn” Pressing Matters 6 PennDesign Department of Architecture 2016 - 2017, Oro Editions, 2018, pp 134-135


“Khaju Bridge” Physical Model Lines of Movement, WEISS/MANFREDI, Venice Biennalle, 2018 “Hollumn” & “Thirsty” 12 Objects and 12 Images, Ferda Kolatan, Venice Biennalle, 2018 Thin Tile Vaults & Masonry Cantilevers Masonry Tectonics, Franca Trubiano & Jonathan Dessi-Olive, PennDesign MAT Lab, 2018


Language Mandarin (Native); English (Excellent); Cantonese (Good); Technical Rhino Maya V-Ray


• • •

Illustrator InDesign Photoshop

Grasshopper Revit AutoCAD

Physical Modeling Laser Cutting

Seeking a challenging entry-level designer position where I can further my design abilities as I pursue my career and license as an architect; Self-motivated, curious, wide design interest, and a fast learner; Amateur potter

CONTENTS 1 Hollumn

Rock Climbing Center in Canal Park, New York

2 Dewy

Combating Drought through Fabric-Formed Concrete

3 Thirsty

Augmented Water Agents in Seoul, South Korea

4 Thin Tile Vaults & Masonry Cantilevers Fabrication Workshops

5 Blossom

Expansion of Artis-Naples Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Florida

6 Subverted

Urban Housing in Francisville, Philadelphia

7 Printmaking

Relief and Screen Printing

8 Ceramics

Exploration Of Form and Function

Hollumn Rock Climbing Center in Canal Park, New York Spring 2017 Studio 602 Group Project Critic: Kutan Ayata Partner: John Hilla


With this project we negotiate the boundary between nature and culture. Instead of recreating ‘nature’ in the city or referring to the absolute man-made against ‘nature’, we aim to create authentic ‘objects of nature‘ to cultivate unique qualities for outdoor recreational activities.

We utilize a single building element, a column, and explore how this element can change in scale and compose habitable spaces by morphing into other building elements such as walls and ceilings.

Transverse Section


Longitudinal Section

These habitable columns create merged spaces above and below an intermediate forest of outdoor climbing and bouldering, with figural sections marking a specific edge condition.

Vertical Climbing In A Column

Top Floor: Indoor bouldering Outdoor bouldering

Ground Floor: Entrances Equipment rental Locker rooms Gym Classroom Cafe Mechanical room

Outdoor Climbing

The surface treatment takes inspiration from nature and aims to provide climbability with levels of difficulties. These patterns are common in nature, but by distorting their scale become strange to one’s perception.

Model _ Bottom & Exterior Pattern

Model _ Whole

Model _ Top Detail

Hold 1

Texture Study

Hold 2

Section Model

Dewy Combating Drought through Fabric-Formed Concrete Summer 2017 Internship CEMEX RGA Switzerland Partners: Zak Al-Haffar, Kaj Marshall

Final Prototype Assembly

With this project we explore the formal and functional potential of fabric-formed concrete. In light of the chronic drought in California, the purpose of the project is to mediate the situation by collecting rain, atmospheric, and run-off water through the use of pervious concrete, and using the collected water to recharge over-exploited aquifers. The project also provides a

cool, shaded resting place that encourages interaction between visitors. With its modular design, the project can be configured to accommodate different site conditions with varying sizes and shapes. The unique anthropomorphic forms of the elements are designed with considerations of the construction method, material limitations, and functional requirements.

Arrangement Iteration (Provisional)

Prototype 1

Prototype 2

Prototype 3 _ First Full Scale Model

Prototype 4 _ Slab

Full Scale Prototype Construction

Canopy (Back) _ Fiber reinforced fast curing concrete

Seat (Butt) _ Fiber reinforced concrete

Tentacles _ Pervious concrete with three different sizes of aggregates

Final Prototype Assembly

Initial experiments were conducted to test the elasticity of fabrics, and to gain additional knowledge of each type of concrete, including its texture, curing time, and workability after pouring. Full scale elements were then built with fabric forms fastened to wood frames, and assembled together

after curing. This whole process has been a truly rewarding experience in terms of design, construction, and collaboration. The finished prototype is now a part of the showroom at CEMEX Switzerland.

Thirsty Augmented Water Agents in Seoul, South Korea Fall 2017 Studio 701 Group Project Critic: Simon Kim Partner: Kyuhun Kim

World Building

In this project we create architectural characters that are sensate and augmented. Here the character Water Agent is motivated by its innate thirst. These characters collect and store water through unique mechanisms that in turn result in the creation of other-than-human environments in which they

grow, evolve, and converge. These agents are essentially rolled up urban wetlands that expand or contract in response to their water supply. Different aspects of their behavioral potentials are examined through various design mediums presented here.

World of Water Agents

Water Agent Section

Agents in a family interact and share resources in ways much like in the rhizome model. Different families thrive in different conditions, whether human-made or not, and share conjoined areas where they evolve into hybrid forms among families. The

agents cycle through various states of existence in both macro and micro scale, i.e. different components go through life stages independently from the whole, be it floating, drinking, aging, or gathering.

Hair (plant fiber)

Hydrogel Metal Pipe (support & transport water)


Waste Water Processing Unit Membrane Hydrogel


Water Collection Device Water Collection Device

Hydrogel Hair (plant fiber) Hydrogel

Seoul Head

Water Pavilions

Sitting In The River

Water Processing Units



A New World

Thin Tile Vaults & Masonry Cantilevers Fabrication Workshops Full 2017 Masonry Tectonics Course Group Project Critic: Franca Trubiano


Finished Vault (Back)

Step 1: Arches

Finished Vaults (Side)

In this project we explored the formal and building potential of vaults and tiles with a design generated through digital parametric tools. We built three vaults from three types of a total of six arches. The vaults overlap slightly at their edges, creating a layering effect. The building process started with the

Step 2: Filling Up Between Arches

construction of the arches, then the space between the arches was closed save an intentionally designed opening in the middle of the first vault. Complexity of design was complimented by precision of execution when the right parameters were utilized to generate effective construction guidelines.


Finished Rotation Cantilever (Overall)

Step 1: Laying Bricks & Reinforcement Rods

Finished Rotation Cantilever (Zoomed In)

In this project each team is responsible for the fabrication of one end of a cantilever table. The one I worked on as shown in images above is called the Rotation Table, and is designed to test the tensile strength of pivoted reinforced masonry cantilever. The reinforcing systems including metal fiber

Step 2: Pouring Grout & Adding Metal Ties

reinforced grout, fiber glass resin rods, and metal ties were designed to accommodate the change in surface curvature and provide stronger resistance to tensile forces in both micro (fiber in grout) and macro (rods) scales. The project successfully held in place after CMU supports were removed.

Blossom High Performance Performing and Visual Arts Center, Artis-Naples, Florida Spring 2018 Studio 702 Group Project Critic: Marion Weiss Partner: Pingle Li, Julianna Haahs

Section Perspective 1

This project explores new possibilities of high performance architecture by combining infrastructure, culture, and architecture. Naples Florida as a site presents unique environmental and cultural challenges. To tackle these problems, we drew inspiration from past precedents of high performance architecture such as the Sydney Opera House, Khaju Bridge, and Car-

penter Center, and came up with three site specific solutions: berming (earthwork) to form fortification against flooding, giant roofs to protect against blazing sun and heavy rain, and shared public spaces of different scales including courtyard, podiums, and roof top amphitheaters to introduce a sense of community.

The project consists of four pedals housing three theaters and one museum, one central courtyard/ lobby to connect all four major programs, giant stair cases cutting through the site along two main axes to provide connection to surrounding neighbor-

hoods, and semi open air roof top terraces to honor the tradition of sunset watching. The pedal roofs and wide podiums form an iconic silhouette compliments this exciting new cultural and recreational destination in Naples.

Bird Eye View


Section Perspective 2

Khaju Bridge Case Study Spring 2018 Studio 702 Individual Project Critic: Marion Weiss

Front View

Section Perspective 1

Top View


Details & Reflection

Section Perspective 2

Subverted Urban Housing in Francisville, Philadelphia Fall 2016 Studio 601 Individual Project Critic: Brian Phillips

Night View

As a result of communities’ negative impression of subculture being destructive and insolent, subculture is consistently fighting to maintain its place in the city. In addition, subculture today faces threats coming from within. The temptation to be popularized and commodified is slowly taking the ‘sub’ away from subculture.

Subverted creates a mutual supportive system where the linear street-to-household arrangement is bent up in the middle, allowing a gradient between mainstream and subculture to take place. Pure subculture spaces are located below grade and pure mainstream spaces are raised up, allowing a mixed area to situate at street level.

Section 1

Roof Top 102’ Roof Top (L) 81’

Platform 34’

Residential units for young entrepreneurs, students, etc.

Mixed area for Airbnb, skateboarders, home office, etc.

Basement -20’

Subculture area for bands, rehearsal studios, etc.

Section 2

Original Units


New Units

The aggregation started with simple forms. Pairs composed of a main space and a supportive space will re-attach with other pairs, forming new units. By arranging the units in plan, a circuit-like fabric is created. The fabric is then bent up to form vertical towers, and different programs such as bathroom and

Initial Aggregation

Blimp View

Add Glazing




living room are assigned to each tower. This helps to define the boundaries of each apartment and provide parameters for further alterations of the overall form. From initial aggregation, the complex is edited with consideration of edge conditions, traffic, and programs.

Edge Condition

Program (height)


19th St. _6/f Plan

Ground Plan

Site Plan

Cameron St. _3/f Plan

Living Pod Platform Interior Interior to basement

Printmaking Relief and Screen Printing Fall 2017 Fine Art Studio Individual Projects Critic: Lindsay Buchman

“Melting Creation”_ Experimental Time Flow Screen Printing & Paint Ice Cube

“War”_ Fact/ Fiction: A Time Form CMYK Screen Printing

“Chaos”_ Color Interaction: Text/ Image Screen Printing

“____ Is Good All The Time”_ Notes to Omission Linoleum Cut

Ceramics Exploration Of Form and Function Selected Works from 2015 - 2016 UCAL Individual Projects

Vase, 2016


LEXIE YISHA LI (267) 530 8552 2930 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, USA 19104

Yisha Li_Portfolio  

Architecture Portfolio

Yisha Li_Portfolio  

Architecture Portfolio