Yufan Xie

■Architecture ■Computation ■Interactive Media ■Sound Synthesis

Yufan Xie, multi-disciplinary designer and artist practicing at the intersection of architecture, computational design and audio-visual performances, focusing on the politics behind decision-making process and behavioral function in multi-sensory narratives. Btween concepts of sonification, visualization and materialization, technologies such as 3D printing, spatial audio and mixed reality are involved to create real-scale and real-time installations.

Under a mixed background of visual and acoustic, Yufan argues sensory bias in current cultures, as well as unique understanding of spatial and temporal narratives. Boundaries and limitations are set in space, to create inversed or imbalanced sensory experience on purpose, as a reflection of existing culture and technologies. Natural phenomenon and patterns of time and space are usually explored, as a means to skeptical perspectives upon new technologies and artifacts. Topics such as – How do we recognize ourselves in surroundings? How does technologies change the pattern of message both temporally and spatially? How do such patterns functions differently in our brains? – are generally involved in the explorations.


Projects including The Unknown Cities, GAP+, Acoustic Garden, Maelstrom have been featured at UABB (Shenzhen Bi-City Binnale), BMAB (Beijing Media Art Binnale), Shenzhen MoCAUP, SUSAS(Shanghai Urban Space Art Season), A+D Museum LA, Shanghai Digital Futures(CDRF). Since 2019, Yufan focuses on audience-oriented performance narrative and spatialized musical system, to enable potential scenes driven by spatial audio and new forms of interactive music.


For professional consulting services(data visualization, geometry optimization, rendering, generative design, sound scoring in Rhino/Grasshopper, Unreal Engine, C#, MAX/MSP, Ableton Live and etc) please contact [email protected].


2019 – 2021  SoA, University of Southern California, M.Arch , Los Angeles

2018 Exchange at SoA, West Minster University, London

2014 – 2019  SoA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, B.Arch, A9 Studio, Beijing



2021.7 – now Computational Designer at Refik Anadol Studio

2020 MADA s.p.a.m LA Internship

2020 Rhino Studio, Grasshopper Animation Tutorial

2020 USC ARCH 410 Class Assistant, Grasshopper Tutor with Erin Cuevas

2020 Usability Lead of USC AGP Game“Beat the Beat Up

2017-2019  Member of Parametric Research Group Team CAFA

2017.9-11   Tuning Synesthesia Internship – 3D printing Researcher


2021  A+D Museum Design Award, Runner-Up

2021  Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics awarded by the Acoustical Society of America.

2021  Epic Megagrants Recipient- Acoustic Garden

2020  YTAA(Young Talent Architect Award) Shortlisted

2020  Gensler Diversity Scholarship

2019  1st Place Winner, CAFA Graduate Design

2019  Qianlixing Scholarship



2023 SUSAS (Shanghai Urban Space Art Season)

2023 4C Gallery LA, AI & NI Group Exhibition

2023 Beijing Media Arts Binnale

2023 Spectra Studio, Audio-Visual Night

2021 Sci-Ficene, Art and Science Concept Exhibition, The Unknown City

2020 Breeze and the Man-made

2020 Art NOVA 100 – The Unknown Cities

2019 UABB Shenzhen Binnale ExhibitionThe Unknown City


Lectures & Conferences

2023 Space Computation and Sensory Practice – SoA, Central Academy of Fine Arts
2022 Tsinghua Design Futures, Future Art Network Salon No.5 – Sensory Integration & Spatial Narratives in the Future

2022 Digital Futures, CDRF(The 5th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication) – A Slime old System Based on Skeletonization Errors

2021 23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Shifting Computation – Tangible to Intangible

2021 Organizer of Acoustic Future forum

2020 Tsinghua Design Future – “Tangible vs Intangible”

2020 USCA Research Symposium, The Unknown City