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Yaoyi Zhou

  • Assistant Professor

With educational backgrounds in both architecture and behavioral science, Yaoyi’s research focuses on the human-centered design for workplace and learning environments. He studies emerging design concepts and their impacts on human social interaction and social wellbeing. Together with Jinting Yang, AIA, Yaoyi co-founded YUZO Design ( in 2019 and has worked on more than twenty projects in China including planning for several company headquarters campuses as well as design for manufacturing spaces, offices, dining halls, hotels, bars and restaurants. He has won nationally recognized awards such as Ones to Watch Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Best Student Paper Award at the Environment and Design Association (EDRA) annual conference, and has received multiple scholarships and awards issued by Cornell University from 2016-2021. 

Workplace Design and Strategy, Environment and Behavior Study, Data Analytics in Facility Management, Social Network Analysis

ITDS 3044: Interior Design Studio III
ITDS 3054: Interior Design Studio IV
ITDS 3126: History of Interiors
ITDS 4224: Design Research for interiors

Tagliaro, C., Zhou, Y., & Hua, Y. (2022), Work activity pattern and collaboration network: New drivers for workplace space planning and design. Journal of Interior Design. 47(3), 29-46.  

Yang, E., Sanborn, B. & Zhou, Y. (2022), The role of coworking spaces in the changing landscape of future workplace: Linking boundary organization theory and organizational development models. Journal of Corporate Real Estate. 

Zhou, Y., Tagliaro, C. and Hua, Y. (2021), Networked “bubbles”: Study workgroups’ spatial adjacency preference using social network analysis methods, Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 23(2). 87-105.

Zhou, Y., Hua, Y., & Liu, J. (2021), Study workplace space occupancy: A review of measures and technologies. Journal of Facilities Management. 20(3), 350-368.

Zhou, Y. and Hua, Y. (2021), The role of shared study space in shaping graduate students’ social networks, Journal of Facilities Management, 19(1). 91-110.

Tagliaro, C., Zhou, Y., & Hua, Y. (2020), A change in granularity: Measure space utilization through smart technologies. Facilities, 39(1/2). 64-79.

Zhou, Y. (2019), A taxonomy of coworking spaces in Manhattan, NYC. Cornell Real Estate Review, 17, 58-65.

Luo, Q., & Zhou, Y. (2014), New organic architecture in the digital era: Material-based design computation, Architecture & Culture, 8, 118-119. (In Chinese)

Zhou, Y., A Social Network Analysis Approach to Study Social Interactions and Relations in Workplace. In Tagliaro, C., Orel, M. & Hua Y., (eds). Researching Physical and Virtual Workplaces: Methodological Approaches for Workplace Research. Routledge (In press, expect to publish in early 2023)

Tagliaro, C., Zhou, Y., & Hua, Y. (2022), Community bonds in new working spaces of a small town. In I. Mariotti, P. Bednář and M. D. Marino (Eds.), The COVID-19 pandemic and the Future of Working Spaces. Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003181163-7

2022 Ones To Watch Award, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)


Ph.D., Human Behavior and Design, Cornell University

Master of Architecture, Cornell University

Master of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China

Bachelor of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China