Xinyu Chen (She/Her/Hers) joined the Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty as a part-time instructor in Fall 2023. She will teach undergraduate design studios and a Digital Immersion Workshop.
Xinyu is an architectural designer, artist, amateur writer and photographer. Before coming to Syracuse University, she worked as an Assistant Instructor at Princeton University, where she helped teach design studios and history/theory courses. Aside from academia, Xinyu has practiced at renowned architectural firms including Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Stan Allen Architect, and Isozaki + HuQian Partners (Arata Isozaki & Associates).
Xinyu was an editor of Rumor and PLAT. Her academic research and works are published in Paprika!, Rumor, and presented at “Psychoanalysis and its Discontents,” a symposium co-sponsored by Princeton University Department of German, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Media and Modernity, and the School of Architecture. Recently, her work is featured in Camera Work: Architecture and Landscape, a photography show at the Black Box Gallery; and in F(r)iction, an architecture exhibition held at a83 gallery in New York City. Overall, Xinyu’s interests lie in the intersections of architecture, media arts, and psychoanalysis. She reads design magazines as well as philosophies, film reviews as well as cinematographic theories. She sees architecture’s history of interaction with other mediums as essential for the discipline’s advancement. She probes the media’s role in guiding architectural design and research, while broadcasting and advocating for voices of minority groups.
Xinyu is a recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal, The Robert and Evelyn Geddes Award, Fay H. Spencer Memorial Scholarship in Architecture, and multiple other awards and fellowships. She is a LEED GA, and a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society.
Xinyu holds a Post-Professional M.Arch II degree with a graduate certificate in Media + Modernity from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in environmental studies from Rice University.