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ACADEMIC WORK S

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hoop house

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saco bath lake house

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COMPETITION fourth world faries

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ecomorphology

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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service design

SKILLS span+ expansion

urban incubator

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OTHER DESIGN PROJECTS

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material+ assembly

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internet of things

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book+ illustration

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A1 HOOP HOUSE This is a realized design project that called for a temporary greenhouse structure to be used by the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. The design is placed on the roof top garden, using conduits and heat-shrink plastic as primary materials, and other hardwares of our choice within the budget. The hoop house design focuses on the flexibility of human access and customization of space. Four movable modules were put on a costumed system of rails, and the overlap between modules as well as the gasket allowed us to minimize the airflow into the greenhouse to better the growth environment for plants during harsh weather.

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A2 SACO LAKE BATH HOUSE The bath house is to be located adjacent to Saco Lake in New Hampshire, serving as a year round destination for visitors and supporting the long standing culture of outdoor activities established in this historically significant section of the White Mountain Presidential Range. The design features an underground entrance leading into changing rooms and storage, a central courtyard that brings natural light in, around which programs are organized with a procession of temperature and a looping circulation sequence that provides visitors with immersive bathing and relaxation experience. Parts of the exterior and interior facades are made with glazed openings to emphasize the atmospheric quality of light.

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A3 URBAN INCUBATOR The project locates in East Liberty, a rising neighborhood of Pittsburgh with the business vitality of the central district and the creative culture of Pittsburgh’s East End. The design takes a welcoming urban gesture by providing public spaces on the rooftop that encourages active engagement of the neighborhood. A continuous pedestrian carpet is created to accommodate different outdoor activities in the public and bring diversity to the urban fabric in the area. The central new media exhibition space punctures through the building, with ramps serving as main circulation throughout different floors and structure serving as space and skeleton for exhibition, where projects screens of different sizes can be anchored.

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A4 ECOMORPHOLOGY The design tackles the homogeneous living conditions and the overloaded sewage infrastructure in Pittsburgh city by actively engaging the riparian zone and water elements in the urban context. The housing complex promotes the diversity of living that mutually grows with the eco-machine, and encourages the interaction between human and nature in a highly connected network of landscape and human circulation. Our process began by analyzing the flood zone, rainwater and sewage system of the site, along with the topography and the visual blockage. Such ecological and urban conditions informed the development of housing aggregation and landscape strategies, as well as the curation of the infrastructure to guide the water flow and clean the water during this process.

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Thick structure Thick structure ventilation & sewerage system ventilation & sewerage system

Thick structure ventilation & sewerage system

Roof Garden Structure mainly sewerage system

Thin structure mainly sewerage system Thin structure mainly sewerage system

Thick structure ventilation & sewerage system

Thick structure ventilation & sewerage system Thick structure ventilation & sewerage system

The eco-machine is the generative shell structure that collects and guide rainwater through pipes and roof garden into the central wetland system.

Roof Garden Structure mainly sewerage system

Roof Garden Structure mainly sewerage system Roof Garden Structure mainly sewerage system

Waste water collectin

The structure can also take gray-water to accommodate fluctuation in precipitation.

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C1 FOURTH WORLD FAIRIES This is an entry to Fairy Tales 2018: Architecture Storytelling Competition. Working with local artist Seth Clark, the team developed the narrative and visual representations around the theme of “ruin�. I developed Grasshopper scripts for parametric study and simulations in ruin typology, and helped in the creation of 3D models and V-ray renderings.


C1 SERVICE DESIGN Latham St. Commons (LSC) is a place that focuses on improving health and providing social, dietary and educational support for all people living in Pittsburgh’s Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods. Night Owl Bakers (NOB) Program is the leading program within LSC that provides baking training for disadvantaged young adults to help them with necessary skills for employment. it also aims to provide the community with gathering destination and potential entrepreneurship incubator. My research focuses on designing services to raise the awareness and build anticipation in the community about the coming program in LSC at this early stage of the progress. The process included stakeholder interviews, prototyping andguerrilla test.

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S2 EXPANSION This project showcases fundamental generative logic, which is used as basic guideline for parametric planters that provide shields at selective facades as desired. The final design features a scalable system of modules that can be expand infinitely at all directions. Connections were carefully designed to take advantage of the CNC fabrication technology.

S1 SPAN The goal of this project was to design and build a full-scale, furniture sized wood structure spanning between two supports (each 8”x5”x16”H) that can carry substantial loads. The design explored different forms and manipulation of modules and ultimately the span is composed by structure pieces going both horizontal and vertical directions.

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S3 MATERIAL+ASSEMBLY An exploded aconometric drawing of a bay of a building was constructed based on a given section to understand the tectonics of construction.

An exploded axonometric drawing constructed based on sections and plans to demonstrate an understanding of the wood framing systems of Casa el Vigilante by Ruizsolar Arquitectos.

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O1 INTERNET OF THINGS The goal of this project is to develop a site-specific technology based proposal for Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, CT, to rejuvenates the golf experience and attracts new audiences to their clubs through a series of internet-connected technologies. The design focused on the “on-course experience� as the problem space. After researching and interviewing stakeholders, we identified the most critical pain point for the management end as the pace of play. The solution is an integrated system with low-cost, low-power technology, which gives us access to very rich, high-fidelity location information and customer data RFID sensing and GPS tracking. The management dashboard aggregates and displays all collected data and allows the administration to take actions, understand traffic, and make further optimizations to improve quality of play and drive up revenue.

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O2 A BITE OF FUZHOU

The book is about seafood in my hometown. It starts with a introduction to the geographic location of Fuzhou in the context of China with coastal scenery. It features five kinds of seafood, each with hand-drawn illustration, a label at the left page, the name of seafood in traditional Chinese at top of the right page, and a simple recipe on the right page oriented vertically to resemble the way traditional Chinese poems are usually written and displayed.

O3 INK ILLUSTRATION These are a series of hand-drawn illustrations using ink. In these drawings I was exploring the diversity of stroke and line intricacy.

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