Yan Wang

AICP, LEED AP
Principal, Shanghai

If Yan hadn’t pursued design professionally, he would have probably become a book illustrator. Yan is often seen with a sketch book and a blue pen. Blue-pen sketch has become part of his identity. From urban life, natural scenery, and human interactions, every destination can be a source of inspiration under his pen.

The drawing process is an exercise for him to get to know local context, urban development and relationships between people and natural/built environments. He believes it is an important exercise that helps inspire and inform his design.

A city, in his eyes, is an organism that requires thoughtful care and sustainable planning. He and his team are purposely driven to translate civic values into vibrant urban places.

Yan is an active speaker on urbanism. He is also a productive author who is committed to merging urban and human aspects in unique, inspiring ways.

“Travelling is an opportunity for me to see interesting connections and contrasts among global cities. Being on the road makes me feel more relevant to time and space and allows me to rethink the urban spaces that we live in.”
Yan's blue sketch of Shanghai streetscape
Shanghai
blue sketch by Yan - Savannah
Savannah
Yan is a prolific sketcher and believes that technology can never negate the importance of a face-to-face talk.
Yan Wang
QingDao Haiyang Lianli Western Island
Qingdao Haiyang Lianli Western Island
Qingdao, China
QingDao Haiyang Lianli Western Island
Qingdao Haiyang Lianli Western Island
Qingdao, China
Taihu Xishan Island - sketch
Taihu Xishan Island Design Competition
Suzhou, China
Taihu Xishan Island - sketch
Taihu Xishan Island Project Site Visit
Suzhou, China
SH Metro Education Waterfront
Shanghai Metro Education Waterfront
Shanghai, China
SH Metro Education Waterfront
Shanghai Metro Education Waterfront
Shanghai, China
Chongming Island Eco-Town
Shanghai Chongming Island Eco Town
Chongming, China
SH ChongMing Island Eco Town
Shanghai Chongming Island Eco Town
Chongming, China
Yan Wang with team