Yuan Liao is a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in the Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He holds a M.Arch degree from UIUC and a Bachelor of Arts degree from China Academy of Art.
His current research focuses on transformable structures and their architectural/engineering applications, such as post-disaster shelters, building roofs and space antennas. He works on scissor-based deployable structures, including geometric design, kinematic and dynamic studies, as well as structural analyses. His works have been published in academic journals and conferences. In the field of architectural design, Yuan is the winner of “Chicago Award in Architecture competition, AIA”, “2018 SARAs National Design Award”, and “Graduate Design Excellence Award, UIUC”.