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Jiashi Yu

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Jess Yu is a creative designer, architect and design tutor.

In 2023, Jess was featured on the Forbes China's '30 Under 30' list.

She holds an M.Arch ARB/RIBA Part II from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, with distinction, and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Taubman College, where she received the Wallenberg and Willeke awards.

Currently holding the position of Assistant Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in the Department of Architecture, Jess dedicates her research to the intersection of speculative narratives in architecture and the transformative power of drawing as a tool to forge innovative connections between space, form, and function.

Jess is the founder of Jess Yu Design, where she delivered a number of architectural and interior design projects, with the work being showcased in prominent platforms such as ArchDaily, Elle Deco, Vision China, and more.  In the art industry, her studio (Figment Mews Studio) was selected for “Young Artist Program” by Suzhou Museum, culminating in the creation of a 55-meter animated scroll painting titled 'A Day with Emperor Qianlong.' Her personal creative portfolio extends further, her drawings were featured in esteemed venues such as the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Roca Gallery Beijing, CAFA, UrbanCross Gallery, ZiWu Gallery, and more.

Research interests

Speculative Realities, Architectural Storytelling, Speculative Drawings


Founder, Jess Yu Design, 2020-present

Co-Founder/Design Director, Figment Mews Studio, Shanghai, 2021-present

Architect, Henning Larsen Architects, Hong Kong, 2017-2021

Design Assistant, Bjarke Ingels Group, NYC, 2017-2018

Intern Architect, Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen, 2015-2016


Workshop | Drawing Narrative: Blooming of Shanghai, 2023







Awards and honours

Forbes China 30 Under 30, 2023

Shortlisted in Hybrid Category - The Architecture Drawing Prize 2021, World Architecture Festival, 2021

Environmental Innovation Prize - Design Realization Prize, UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, 2020

Raoul Wallenberg Thesis Prize - University of Michigan Taubman College Competition Award, 2017

Leonard B. Willeke Prize - University of Michigan Taubman College Competition Award, 2017

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

M.Arch, ARB/RIBA Part 2, The Bartlett, UCL, 2021

B.S. in Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2017

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