“To me, design is not just about function, but also a message about bringing in the native and local elements to a building. Less is more.”
While completing her Master of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University, Wu worked on a student team to advise a local neighborhood on re-imagining the community park to include a waterfront design and greenways. Her master’s thesis also used these concepts by focusing on ways to develop connections between urban environments and landscape.
Wu says she has always been fascinated with how to make architecture blend in more with nature. “Where I grew up [Wuhan, China], there is a massive change in how the whole city is growing—and the city is growing rapidly,” she says. “But there have to be solutions to make this growth more sensitive to the surrounding natural elements and local culture.”
In her position at Q+, Wu will work with her colleagues on the renovation of Richardson Science Hall at Presbyterian College, a 240-acre campus in Clinton, SC.
Prior to her graduate program at Clemson, Wu worked as an assistant designer and intern architect at the Hubei, China, firm of Central-South Architectural Design Institute Company, Ltd., Wuhan, where she focused on land planning, conceptual design, construction drawing, and remodeling and rendering. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture at the Suzhou University of Science and Technology in Suzhou, China.