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Hi! I’m Jiasi :)

I’m currently an interaction designer studying at Carnegie Mellon University HCII. I do research to uncover latent needs and design experience to provide thoughtfulness and smoothness. I hold a master of architecture degree at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where I primarily focused on responsive environment design, as well as 3d form exploration and design. My undergraduate study was in China, at Dalian University of Technology school of architecture and fine arts, where I spent most of my time painting, drawing and crafting objects and models.

After graduated from Harvard, I moved to New York and worked at SOM New York office, where I worked as an architectural designer and collaborated with consulting and clients doing large scale architecture - such as Hyundai motor group headquarter concept design. Then I got the opportunity to move to Chicago to work at HOK, where I was a design professional primarily working on concepts and experience design for airports, projects include New York Laguardia airport terminal B redesign and Chicago O’Hare airport terminal 5 expansion design.


A bit more about me:

My favorite designers, artists and thinkers:

Nendo

“Giving people a small ” ! ” moment.
There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday.
But we don’t recognize them.
and even when we do recognize them, we tend to unconsciously reset our minds and forget what we’ve seen.”

Randall Munroe

Dmitry Kozinenko

Fabricio Teixeira

My favorite book

About two squares by EI Lissitzky

Open your eyes and your ears wide

Extend the boundaries of your imagination

My favorite apps:

xkcd, ToShow, Medium, Robinhood


Experience

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction Institute - 07/2018-Current

MS in Human Computer Interaction and Ed Tech (GPA: 4.0; Design Lead for Capstone Project)

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design - 06/2012-05/2014

Master of Architecture (GPA: 3.9)

Dalian University of Technology, School of Architecture and Fine Arts - 09/2007-06/2012

Bachelor of Architecture (with Distinction)

 

Employment

 

Renaissance, USA - 01/2019-08/2019 (expected)

UX Design Lead - CMU Capstone

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), Chicago, USA - 12/2015-07/2018

Design Professional

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, USA - 07/2014-12/2015

Junior Architectural Professional

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA - 05/2014-10/2014

Research Assistant on Responsive Environment Design

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Publication Office, Cambridge, USA  - 05/2014-10/2014

Graphic Design Editor at Harvard University

Junya.ishigami+associates, Tokyo, Japan - 06/2014-07/2014

Intern Designer

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, USA - 06/2013-08/2013

Intern architect


Skills AND METHODS

UX/UI

Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Framer, Principle, Figma, Balsamiq

Programming

HTML, CSS, Javascript (Bootstrap, jQuery, p5 and some other libraries), Python

2D Graphic

Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, After Effects), AutoCAD, Apple Keynote

3D Modelling and VR/AR

Unity, Cinema 4D, Rhino, Grasshopper, Sketchup, 3Dmax Studio, Maya

Video Editing and Animation

After Effects, Premiere Pro

Fabrication

3D Printing (DeskArtes 3D), CNC(MasterCam), Laser Cutter

Exploratory Research

Affinity Diagramming, Behavioral Mapping, Competitive Testing, Contextual Inquiry, Survey

Generative Research

Cognitive Mapping, Design Charettes, Experience Prototyping, Participatory Design, Persona Building, Storyboarding, User Journey Mapping

Evaluative Research

A/B Testing, Content Analysis, Usability Testing, Wizard of Oz


Publications & Exhibition

Qinghua University Press - 10/2016

Exacting Fantasy

Harvard Graduate School of Design Platform7 Publication - 12/2014

Game Experience Center (GSD STU 1302)

Harvard Graduate School of Design Platform7 Publication - 12/2014

House for Plants (GSD STU )

Harvard Graduate School of Design Studio Booklet - 08/2014

Another Nature

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Open House Exhibition - 06/2014

Another Nature; House for Plants

BBC Release - 05/2014

Another Nature (GSD STU)

Harvard Graduate School of Design Real Lab Exhibition - 01/2014-05/2014

Responsive Environment, Mood Garden


Awards

 

 

Carnegie Mellon University Merit-based Scholarship - 08/2018

Harvard University Merit-based Scholarship - 08/2012, 2013

First Prize of Excellent Academic Scholarship, DUT - 09/2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


COURSES

(Master Level)

CMU HCII - Interaction Design Studio 1 - 05-651

CMU HCII - Interaction Design Studio 2 - 05650

CMU HCII - Programming Usable Interface - 05630

CMU HCII - User-Centered Research & Evaluation - 05610

CMU DES - Design for Interaction Studio 1 (MDES/MPS STUDIO I) - 51711

CMU DES - Tools for UX Design - 51759 (Sponsored by Bridgestone)

CMU HCII - Tools for Online Learning - 05840

CMU HCII - Capstone Project 1 - 05681

CMU DES - Learner Experience Design - 51886 (Sponsored by UPMC)

CMU HCII - Educational Goals, Instruction, and Assessment - 85738

Harvard GSD - Elements of Design - STU-01221-00

Harvard GSD - Studio: Another Nature - STU-01317

Harvard GSD - Studio: Unfinished Work III - STU-0130200

Harvard GSD - Digital Media I - VIS-0222300

Harvard GSD - Digital Media II - VIS-0222400

Harvard GSD - Responsive Environment Lab - VIS-02326

Harvard GSD - Landscape as Painting - VIS-02448-00

Harvard GSD - Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation - SCI-0632200

Harvard GSD - Proseminar - ADV-0963000

Harvard GSD - Cities by Design I - SES-0521000

Harvard GSD - Cities by Design II - SES-0521100

Harvard GSD - Digital Cultural, Architecture and the City - DES-0342800

Harvard GSD - Housing and Urbanization in the United States - SES-0532600

Harvard GSD - Urbanization in the East Asian Region - HIS-0432900

Harvard GSD - Urban Form: History + Theory - HIS-0435900

Harvard GSD - Studio: Urban Grafting: New Dwelling Landscapes for the Extended City - STU-0151000