The first time Yifan was able to travel around the United States he took more than 4,000 pictures. Upon returning home, he realized 99% of them were about architecture. Yifan recalls this experience as being formative in his decision to study Architecture.
Yifan looks at program first when approaching a new project. He clarifies the purpose of every space which makes bringing more conceptual elements into the design much easier. His focus is on more practical items, such as program arrangement and circulation organization, because they are the foundation of a building design. Yifan works next to create fresh ideas and explore the new possibilities of architecture in conjunction with other disciplines such as art, literature, history, etc… This approach enables him to think about the potential schemes in terms of the impact it will have on the users and the built environment. Prior to joining Abramson Architects, Yifan worked at Jiakun Architects and interned with Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing City, China.