Trained as a landscape architect, Yan is particularly interested in collaboration of creative strategy and design in the realms of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Design, and Art. Yan has over 8 years of combined experience in architectural design, landscape architecture and public art practice.


Rhode Island School of Design, RISD | Providence, RI, USA
Master of Landscape Architecture | Aug 2012 – Present

Central Academy of Fine Arts, CAFA | Beijing, China
Bachelor of Architecture | Sep 2007 – June 2012

The Oslo school of Architecture and Design | Oslo, Norway
Exchange student at B3 Studio | Jan 2011 – Jun 2011

Work Experience:

Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architecture | Wayne, PA, USA

Landscape Architectural Designer | December 2017 – March 2020

RGR Landscape, Perkins Eastman | New York City, USA

Landscape Architectural Designer | September 2014 – April 2017

Janet Zweig | New York City, USA

Design Assistant | July 2014 – August 2014
Assisted with proposing for two site-specific external sculptures for Westmoreland Museum, including general designs to achieve perspective illusion, 3D models and digital renderings. Making Models for the fabricator to build the external skin for a trailer, which was made as a mini moving theater in Seattle.

Balmori Associates | New York City, USA

Landscape Architectural Intern | June 2013 – August 2013

  • Dorado Bogato Commercial Public Plaza: contributed to project teams with drawings of topographic, water feature, canopies, circulations and programming the bar |
  • Occupy the dune: Layout of publication board and diagram for Archdaily |
  • RIO Medellin Competition: Riverbank Restoration Strategies Axons and Diagrams |
  • Sao Paulo: Sideway paving pattern design with grasshopper and research of tree grates |
  • NYC Broadway traffic mall: Research of Sustainable Energy and collection of cooperated companies information

Coopa Studio | Oslo, Norway    

Architectural Intern | Jun 2011 – Aug 2011

  • Design and Construct A Moving House Using a Container : Developed design concept of the plan and furniture design. Framed technical block (Toilet & bathroom) design, including hot and cold water supply and options of energy system

Dynamic City Foundation, DCF | Beijing, China  

Urban Planning and Design Intern | Jul 2010

  • A free imagination of Green City : In charge of traffic system virtual scene productions

Project: Board Game Bar Interior Design | No. 42 Maizidian, West Street, Beijing

Cooperate Interior Architect | Dec 2009

  • Design façade and first-floor plan, layout of furniture and lights
  • Completed rendering and construction drawing

Project: Planning of Interior Decoration Concept Beijing Subway | Beijing

Team member | Oct 2009

  • This team project was to draw up the directory and principles for the interior design and themes of each station in Beijing. Conducted the preliminary investigation(drawing geographical, cultural and historic map, drawing analysis plan, create design rules and sorting of importance of each station

Project: Crossing Dialogue for Emergency Architecture | National Art Museum, China

Volunteer | Feb 2008 – May 2008

  • Assisted Peru architect, Leondelima, to conduct a concrete construction for her works (Teatina-quincha system) including bamboo measurement and cutting, making panel points with flax|
  • Designed main poster of “Cross” 5.12 Emergency Architecture Peripheral Exhibition of Wenchuan


  • MAD Travel Fellowship, China | 2010
  • “CUC CUP” National University Students Architectural Design Competition, China | 2010
  • National Scholarship, China | 2010
  • First Place Scholarship CAFA, China | 2012
  • Outstanding Graduates, Beijing, China | 2012
  • Excellent Graduation Design, CAFA, China  | 2012
  • Outstanding Student Award, CAFA, China  | 2012



  • 2D Graphic: AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop |
  • 3D Modeling: SketchUp, Rhinoceros | Rendering: V-ray for 3Dmax, SketchUp and Rhino |
  • Film & Vedio: Premiere, and Flash |
  • Programming: Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, Arduino |
  • Highly trained in a variety of painting techniques- Charcoal, oil, watercolor |
  • Extensive photographic experience – digital, color and B&W processing

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