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Hi, I am ZY.ZHU, a designer and creative technologist based in Boston. Working in the intersection of design, emerging technology, education, and sustainability, I create physical and digital objects to reflect and communicate the relationship between humans and the built environment we interact with every day. My approaches include material science, data visualization, AR, web-based platform, installation, and creative prototyping.

I am the recipient of several awards, including IDA, Spark Design, SOM China Prize, and granted art and research fellows internationally, at Ars Electronica, Technion, University of Stuttgart and MIT Council of Art. I was invited to give speeches at Design Museum WeekInternational Design Conference (IDC), IDSA, Pratt, IIT, Telkom University, Bandung Biennale, etc.

I co-found the design creative platform MAKE TO:GATHER, in which I explored the possibility of connecting digital and physical creative learning for non-designers with my cool colleagues from MIT. 



︎︎︎Working

2022.3

2021.9

MIT Office of Sustainability, Cambridge

Design Researcher



2020.9

Senseable City Lab, Cambridge

Design Prototyper



2020.8
MIT Urban Risk Lab, Cambridge

Web Designer & Project Lead



2020.7
MAKE TO:GATHER, Boston

Co-founder, design director



2018 .7
ArchDaily, Beijing

Editor, translator


2017.8
Blocher Partner, Stuttgart

Space Design Intern



2016.9
Uber, Dalian

Design Intern



︎︎︎Education

2022
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Science of Architecture Study
Master of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science



2019

Dalian University of Technology

Bachelor of Engineer, Architecture 



2018
University of Stuttgart

Environmental Study and Architecture 



︎︎︎Art x Tech Fellowship



2021
MIT Office of Innovation, Cambridge

WISDM Woman in Innovation Fellow︎︎︎


Ars Electronica, Linz

Fellow in Technology x Circular Economy


2018
Technion (Isreal Institute of Technology), Haifa

Full scholarship fellow in Environmental Engineering


2017
Yokohama National Univeristy, Yokohama

Sakura Full-Scholar Fellow in Information Technology



︎Skills

Design

Adobe Suits ︎︎︎︎︎

Final Cuts ︎︎︎︎

Figma ︎︎︎︎︎

XD ︎︎︎︎︎

Origami ︎︎︎

Rhino ︎︎︎︎︎

 
Programming

HTML/CSS/Javascript ︎︎︎︎︎  

Python ︎︎︎︎

Arduino IDE ︎︎︎︎

Processing ︎︎︎

C# ︎︎︎


Research

User Interview ︎︎︎︎

Participatory Workshop ︎︎︎︎︎

Persona ︎︎︎︎︎

Storyboard ︎︎︎︎︎

User Journey Map ︎︎︎︎︎

Wire framing︎︎︎︎︎

User Test ︎︎︎︎

A/B testing ︎︎︎︎


Fabrication

Electronic Device ︎︎︎︎︎

CNC ︎︎︎

3D Printing ︎︎︎︎︎

Wood Work ︎︎︎︎

Injection Molding ︎︎︎






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