Yaohua Wang


M.Arch, Harvard GSD

Yaohua Wang, is a founding principal of Preliminary Research Office, a design firm based in Los Angeles, and a lecturer at USC School of Architecture. Prior to Preliminary Research Office, Yaohua worked in several offices in the US, including: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Baumgartner plus Uriu (BplusU), and Jones, Partners: Architecture (JPA). His works have been exhibited in international venues including, among others, Venice Biennale, Beijing Biennial, A + D Museum, and Creative Artist Agency. He received his Master in Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His final project was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize for best graduating project. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he was awarded the Best Thesis Award.

Currently Teaching
  • 564
    Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry
    Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry
    Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the actual construction. While design and geometry share a fundamental interest in form and shape, Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry aims to address the various natures of the historical relationship between mathematics, geometry, computation, and architecture. Through the display of historical mathematical models with formal affinities to contemporary architectural production, the course will provoke discussion about the relevance of a history of form, the origins of design technique, the epistemology of geometry models, and the justification for mathematical surfaces in architecture. This course examines the history, theory and practice of parallel (orthographic) and central (perspective) projection. The primary objective is to provide designers with the tools to imagine and represent with precision, dexterity, and virtuosity a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form.
  • 607
    Advanced Computation (Fall)
    Advanced Computation (Fall)

    Contemporary architecture is designed predominantly with digital software. Although the designer is the puppet master pulling the strings, different digital tools encourage distinct workflows, which have critical impact over design outcomes. Polygon-based modeling software, such as Maya, offers designers a range of sculpting techniques to construct form, which is vastly different from NURBS-based software such as Rhino. Polygon modeling provides a faster feedback loop between intuition and outcome, enabling unique aesthetic sensibilities, and at the same time challenging the user's precision and control. This course aims to explore the form-shaping capacity that polygon based software (Maya) affords to designers. The course will introduce students to a range of techniques concerning modeling in Maya and consist of lectures, tutorials and in-class work sessions.

  • 793aL
    Architecture Directed Design Research Option I
    Architecture Directed Design Research Option I
    Directed Design Research option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.
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