Tianyi became a DRAW member after relocating to Kansas City. Before joining DRAW, Tianyi gained professional experience working at Atelier FCJZ and other renowned architecture offices in China and received a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from South China University of Technology.
Tianyi’s professional and academic portfolio includes projects that span a broad spectrum of project types and scales, from boat design and fabrication to high-rise mixed-use, to single-family homes, to small-scale shelter and pavilion projects. In all of his work, Tianyi’s designs emerge through his exploration of materiality, performance, and constructability. He highly values aesthetics, rationality, and detail, and his approach to design begins with introducing multidisciplinary thinking into the early phase of design.