Woody Yao

 Woody Yao

Woody Yao

Director , Zaha Hadid Design

Since joining Zaha Hadid Architects in 1994, Woody has worked on a number of winning competition designs including Cardiff Bay Opera House, The Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art Cincinnati, MAXXI Rome and the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre. During this time Woody has also designed, managed, and delivered a number of key architectural projects including the Spitellau Viaducts Housing Project in Vienna, Hotel Puerta America Madrid, Guangzhou Opera House, ROCA London Gallery and the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Instrumental in the development of the Archive and the growth of the Exhibitions program, he currently curates several shows a year and leads his team in design and execution. These exhibitions have been featured in some of the most distinguished cultural institutions worldwide, including key retrospectives such as ‘Zaha Hadid Architektur’ at MAK [Vienna, 2003], ‘Zaha Hadid: 30 Years of Architecture’ at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum [New York, 2006], ‘Zaha Hadid Architecture & Design’ at the Design Museum, [London 2007], ‘Zaha Hadid at the State Hermitage Museum’ [St Petersburg, 2015], ‘Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and Drawings’ at The Serpentine Gallery [London 2016/2017], ArtisTree [Hong Kong 2017], and ‘Zaha Hadid - Made in Italy’ at MAXXI [Rome 2017/18].

He completed his schooling in Hong Kong, and Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh, before graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, in London. During his time at the AA, Woody completed a number of private commissions, and contributed to largescale projects with YRM London.

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