Lu Yichen

Associate Professor without Tenure of the New Series of Teaching and Research


Academic Experience:

Lu Yichen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University. Later, he worked for China Architecture Design & Research Group and FCJZ. He graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from Yale School of Architecture. He won the first prize of Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and the Robert Allen Ward Scholarship Award for Excellent Designs at Yale University. He was also awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize Nominee in Frank O. Gehry Advanced Studio at Yale. In 2006, he was the first prize winner of the International Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition. In 2008, he accepted an invitation by French architect Jean Nouvel to Paris and took part in the “Slussen” Transportation Hub International Competition, Stockholm, Sweden.


He used to work for Asymptote in New York and Morphosis in Los Angeles when he was in the States. Between 2008 and 2010, he worked as a project architect at Gehry Partners, LLP in Los Angeles and was responsible for the design of a series of projects, including Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Museum. From 2010 to 2012, he was a principal architect at Steven Holl Architects, where he was in charge of the firm’s many large-scale projects in China and took part in important international projects. Since 2012, he has been working as an associate professor at Tsinghua University. In 2014, he won the annual Iconic Award of the German Design Council.


In 2013, he served as the Chief Architect for “China Pavilion-Milan Expo 2015” on behalf of Tsinghua University and won the top prize in an international competition. This is China’s first Expo Pavilion outside its territory, and it opened in Milan, Italy in May 2015.


Major courses:

Professional Architecture Design, Parametric Design, Integrated Modelling Design



2014 Iconic Award of the German Design Council

2014 International Media Award at the 12th Annual Modern Decoration, and   Architectural Design Award for the project of ‘Cloud View Tower in Zhonghangcheng, Guizhou

2014 Bronze medal at Chinese Fine Arts of the 12th National Artwork Exhibition for “China Pavilion-Milan Expo 2015”

2014 Gold medal at the 10th China International Interior Design Biennale for “China Pavilion-Milan Expo 2015”

2009 1st prize in the competition for “Eisenhower Memorial Square” in Washington D.C.

2009 nomination for “the National Museum of Andorra” in the competition of the National Museum of Art in Andorra

2008 H.I. Feldman Prize Nomination for the work “Avery Fisher Hall in New York” at Frank O. Gehry Advanced Studio at Yale

2008 Nomination in the “Slussen” Transportation Hub International Competition, Stockholm, Sweden

2007 Robert Allen Ward Scholarship Award, Yale University

2006 1st prize for his project ‘Planless House at Manhattan’ in the International ‘Shinkenchiku’ Residential Design Competition

2003 China Interior Design Silver Medal for the “Interior Design of Office Buildings for China Reinsurance Companies”

1999 1st Prize of “Ikuo Hirayama” Scholarship (by Japanese Ministry of Education)