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CONTACT Yuheng Zhu



(607) 379-7902


Adobe Set, Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, V-Ray, Grasshopper

LANGUAGES Chinese/Mandarin English

EDUCATION 2012-2015 2015-2020 2017 Summer

Shenzhen Experimental School Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS), Branding + Identity Design, Poster Design

EXPERIENCE 2013 Fall - 2014 Fall

Associate Editor

SUNRISE, a student-run publication based at Shenzhen Experimental School

2015 Fall - 2017 Spring

Graphic Designer Stage Set Designer

Cornell Chinese Drama Society (CCDS)

2017 Spring - 2018 Spring

Marketing Team

ASSOCIATION, a student-run publication based at Cornell AAP

2017 Spring

Design Team

Design Connect, a multidisciplinary student-run design organization based at Cornell University

2017 Fall

Graphic Designer

Cornell University 5th Annual Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF)

1 “ F O R E S T� Ithaca Aviation Museum Amber Yuheng Zhu | ARCH 2102 Spring 2017 Professor: Rychiee Espinosa

Ithaca Curtiss Aviation Museum proposal is sited at the waterfront of Cayuga lake. Facing Ithaca Farmer Market at the another bank of the river, the site is endowed with a close connection to the community and also embraces the gorgeous lake view. Therefore, as a museum proposal, this project also aims to arouse the harmonious resonance between human and nature. The dominant concept of this project is a typology of tree-morphic structural canopy. Columns branch out at the top, and simultaneously function as structural supports and light wells. A catwalk is hanged from the beams at mezzanine level. The landscape at the waterfront is adjusted to the organic and geometric footprint of the building.

Site Plan

Circulation Diagram

Program Diagram

Plan Variation Study

Section A

Section B


Several study models are made to examine the canopy configuration, structure system, and detail joints in different scales. The feasibility of the project was carefully considered. Taking cues from the master plan, the building gives a strong impression of transparency from north to south, with a view more open to the river instead of the road. The boundary between exterior and interior, artificial and natural environments, is consciously weakened by this openness. The museum, as a huge flowing space with free interior circulations, endows the visitors a meandering experience.

OKALUX Kapilux Glass

Plan A

Insulating glass with capillary slab

Golden Maple


Plan B

Interior 1’ = 1/4” Model Exterior

Vray Render

2 Aquacity: Thermal Baths Amber Yuheng Zhu | ARCH 3101 Fall 2017 Professor: Davide Marchetti

From late antiquity to the beginning of the contemporary, Roman baths have been considered an amazing example of composition and articulation of space. Their historical significance and their spatial configuration are intertwined, possibly more than any historic architectural typology; beside their therapeutic qualities, they also held a great social purpose as a public service and an important cultural identity. This studio investigated the relationship and significance of water architecture and infrastructures to the city of Rome. After that, a new thermal bath as an architectural intervention which can act as a new contemporary community space and an urban generator was proposed next to the Caracalla Thermal Baths archaeological site. The critical problem was to fit the thermal bath into urban context and build connection with the historical site at the same time. For inspiration, several famous thermal baths in Europe were visited during the field trips, including Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals, SzÊchenyi Bath and Gellert Bath in Budapest.

Study Models

Site Plan / Elevation

Concept : Urban Generator Thermal baths are recreational places and, by their particular nature, social aggregation and important cultural exchange sites. Thermal baths are also self-sustainable micro urban systems within the large outer city environment; In other words, urban generators. In definition, urban generators are building complexes that accommodate a set of certain primary activities while the secondary and tertiary activities, which are opportunistic in nature, can only be approximated. To realize this final goal, many programs other than thermal bath, like hotel, gallery, shops, gym, and gardens, are integrated into the complex. This project also has a pleasant rhythm between artificial and natural environment. The atrium space between the changing room and hotel is a semi-indoor courtyard garden. The careful arrangement of the courtyard and the exterior water garden let visitors be conscious of the natural environment through direct contact with greenery and air flow.

Concept Diagram

Program Diagram

Circulation Diagram Concept : Metaphor Of Sequence The basic structure of thermal bath complexes was strictly defined and adhered to specific criteria. These were theorized and coded by illustrious physicians and based on the contrast of temperatures. Therefore, the hydrotherapy cycle was characterized by passages from cold to hot and then again to cold. In Rome Baths, the traditional sequence is from the Frigidarium (cold bath) to the Tepidarium (warm bath) and then to the Calidarium (hot bath). The proposed project restores this sequence, thereby brings back the traditions of thermal baths. After the whole set of ritual of thermal bath experience, the final destination would be a panorama platform viewing towards the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. In form, it is a contemporary thermal bath, however, in essence, it is a metaphor of traditional thermal baths culture.

3 Ithaca Aqua Center Amber Yuheng Zhu | ARCH 2101 Fall 2016 Professor: Angel Martinez

The original concept of this project comes from the interlocking circles on water surface when rain drops in puddle. When the circular interlocking pattern is pulled up in 3D, incredible interesting spaces can be created. By shifting the field of circles, a metaphor of water is generated in plan. The diagram of typology demonstrates the manipulations used to generate the organic plan of the Aqua Center. The unique spacial experience brought by the non-directionality of circular spaces is appealing. The layout follows the gradient from urban fabric to nature environment; visitors are gradually exposed to nature as they step down along with the platforms. Both the exterior cafe and the recreational pools are excavated to the same level with the river, for the sake of encouraging visitors’ appreciation of the gorgeous nature. The relatively private programs are sat in the urban context while the relatively public programs are enveloped by nature. In the Aqua Center, the beauty of the gorge is introduced to the visitors as the procession goes on.

Axon & Typology

Final Model

Plan A

Study Models

Stratification of Final Model

Plan B

Section C

Section B

Section A

Short Section A

Short Section B

Exterior Render Short Section C


Long Section

Study Model The Interior pools are also in organic shapes compared to traditional swimming pools. The picture above shows the study model about the composition and sequence of pools. The floor to ceiling windows blur the boundary between interior and exterior, and help create a juxtaposition between the swimming pools and the natural gorge, thereby bring about a sense of intimacy with the captivating natural view of Ithaca. The competitive swimming pool at the second floor can also be regarded as a consistent source of diffused natural light. Interior Render Exterior Render

4 Instrumental Animal North American Beaver Amber Yuheng Zhu | ARCH 1101 Fall 2015 Professor: James Williamson & Lorena del RĂ­o Teaching Associate: Hana Svatos-Raznjevic

During this studio, an instrumental body part of animal was thoroughly researched and defamiliarized. The abstracted form of the biotic structure was then developed into an instrument with similar movement mechanism. The instrument, as a conceptual device, was later utilized to inspire and generate an architectural space. Defamiliarization is the key to this design process. By introducing unfamiliar sources of conjecture as well as unfamiliar techniques of observing, of conceptualizing what is observed, and of describing what has been conceptualized, the architect is able to cultivate a set of enhanced sensibilities. In my case, North American beaver’s tail was carefully examined, and the record of its swimming movement is interpreted by an animated model that later be used to propose a structure for an exhibition space. The laminated site itself was also excavated by the instrument. After numbers of attempts to adjust the instrument into the site as an architectural element, ultimately, it evolves into a multi-functional ring-pipe structure. The final outcome houses exhibition spaces, public meeting hall and meditation spaces, and retains a clear separation between public and private realms.

S t u d y

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S e c t i o n s


E n t r a n c e

D e t a i l

Instrument Study This drawing was done with Begum Birol and Kwesi Kwapong, who also studied North American beaver. In the drawing, we elaborated our own understanding of the instrument, and combined the ideas together to picture a more ideal version of it. This composite drawing synthesized module top and bottom views, sections, and elevation in motion.

Circulation At the end of the exhibition hall, main circulation diverges into a public one and a relatively private one. Nonetheless, the two catwalks aren’t visually detached because the view to each other side isn’t entirely blocked.

F i n a l M o d e l / L o n g

& P r o g r a m

S e c t i o n

C i r c u l a t i o n D i a g r a m

5 Structural System Research Treehugger Pavilion Amber Yuheng Zhu & Vina Jiaying Wei | ARCH 2613 Fall 2016 Professor: Mark R. Cruvellier

TL = DL + LL







TL = DL + LL



Cut Wood Beam Elements


Bend & Solder Brass Connections

This is a group project made for class ARCH 2613 to explore the structural system of the Treehugger Pavilion by Holger Hoffmann + One Fine Day + Trier University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The Treehugger Pavilion is a large-span umbrella-type pavilion without any solid shear wall in its lateral load resisting system. It is only supported by five tilted columns, and the structural equilibrium among those five columns is amazing. The roof and floor are both consisted by modular pentagons and joints except for the distortion near the columns. Those modular wood beams are inserted with connections made by metal sheets and then penetrated by two rows of nails for stabilization. The porous honeycomb-like framing system also effectively reduces the self-weight of the roof. After sufficient and careful researches, we built a 1:20 physical model to demonstrate our understanding of Treehugger’s structure. After lacer cut and hand cut all the wood units, we soldered more than 350 brass sheet connection pieces and casted 5 tin pentagon rings with fishing sinkers.

Cast Tin Supportive Rings

Assemble Canopy & Floor

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D e s i g n


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T e c h n i q u e

Yuheng Zhu Architecture Portfolio 2017  
Yuheng Zhu Architecture Portfolio 2017  

Cornell University B.Arch 2020'. Architecture Design, Branding + Identity Design, Graphic Design