Francis Yang

I'm an architectural designer and I’m currently working at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City .

I grew up in Xiamen, a mild coastal city in Southeast China, which was a former international settlement (Kulangsu). Its elegant old mansions, winding lanes, along with its fascinating past, have great impacts on me since childhood, and have convinced me of living environment’s potential to enrich life with poetry and dignity. For me, architecture is more than machine or container, it tells stories of life and helps define identity.

As a designer, subsequently, I value architecture as experience, as carriers of meaning and medium for communication. When I design, I put great emphasis on the expression of narrative and use it to direct the design process.

Besides architecture, I have also deep interest in philosophy and history, which nonetheless deepen my understanding of architecture as experience and cultural phenomenon.