Based in Shanghai, Tom Yu Studio is an architecture and design practice renowned for creating exceptional spaces which are unmistakably rooted in China, and yet which stand apart from China’s immense building ambitions. We focus on carefully and deliberately crafting our projects to ensure that our unique designs captivate our senses, transform the way we use space and generate more positive social experiences.
We aim to make the most of the unseen or hidden potential of any location, to draw out the unexpected and create a design which blends harmoniously into its surroundings. Our location in China, the factory of the world, gives us unrivalled access to the manufacturing process, and enables us to produce bespoke materials and finishes at the highest level of craftsmanship. We enjoy working collaboratively with everyone involved in our projects, and take time to carefully consider our prospective clients, their needs and objectives. We look forward to both inspiring and being inspired.
Originally from China, Tom grew up in Montreal and received his degree in Architecture from McGill University. His vast and varied work experience includes realizing cultural buildings in Canada, where his collaborations were recognized and presented with both the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture, and the Canada Council for the Arts Early Design Achievement. Before establishing his own practice in Shanghai, Tom worked in London with the prestigious Heatherwick Studio for over seven years, leading their projects across Asia.