Yu Ding received a degree in urban design from Tianjin University in China before completing an MLA at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. An urbanite to the core, Ding spent her early life in Beijing, while the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York, was her latest port of call. With these experiences in tow it is no wonder that she relishes Vancouver’s calmer pace, noting its “access to amazing landscapes” and “impressive food scene” as added attractions.
Ding cites unconventional childhood experiences as having had a profound impact on her life; she began rigorous sketching sessions at the age of six! These were among her first observations of people navigating and interacting with built form, and set the stage for her personal and professional ambitions, aspiring to create encounters with nature in hyper-urban, highly programmed spaces.
During her downtime, Ding enjoys discovering and exploring these types of spaces, and finds much comfort in a hike and homemade meal.