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JIANGJIANG CAO

Ayers Saint Gross

SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?
 
I'm inspired by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka whose work is underscored by very humanistic ideas about how life should be and how people should live and connect.

JIANGJIANG CAO

Bio:

The great designer, Jiangjiang offers design and visualization skills to all of her projects that range from institutional projects in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD to international campus master plans. With a master degree in architecture from Syracuse University, she brings a global perspective that keeps her designs connected to the needs of the communities they serve.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I first learned about architecture during my freshman year at the University of Maryland. I stumbled across it on the university's career page. On it were sketches of European vernacular architecture and I was immediately captivated.

What do you do?

I coordinate documentation through all project phases including programming and concept to construction documentation. I care about people first and foremost. That almost always drives how I resolve design issues and specify products and finishes.

What excites you in the work you do?

Speaking to users and engaging them in a process that is at once democratic and inclusive excite me in the work I do. The challenges that come with social, cultural and economic inequalities push me to do better work to remove these barriers.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I'm inspired by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka whose work is underscored by very humanistic ideas about how life should be and how people should live and connect.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

These moments happen in the day to day, when I crack a technical problem or come up with a design solution that responds to people's needs and give them a sense that they have a right to be there.

Featured Project Name: 

American University of Bahrain

Featured Project Location: 

Riffa, Bahrain

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Architectural designer

 

Featured Project Description:

Designed to provide 3,700 students from the region with a co-educational, inter-disciplinary education, the master plan creates a learning oasis with lush green colors in the middle of the desert to help students thrive. Inspired by the culture of the region, the buildings are welcoming, human-scaled, and define a variety of open outdoor rooms that encourage interaction and recreation. Each building’s size, scale, and aesthetic identify the activities and programs that occur in the building.

Photography Credit:

Coste Photography