John Lai

John Lai is an artist and designer. He currently teaches the Design I and II studios at Cornell University's department of architecture. He is also a designer at the design practice CODA. John has worked at a wide range of architecture firms in New York, Girona, and Berlin. He holds a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University with a minor in fine arts.

Work Experience

  • Cornell University

    Teaching Associate|2018Current

    • Design I and II studios at Cornell University's undergraduate architecture program
  • CODA


    • Design development, project leader/construction manager of Urchin: Impossible Circus in the 2016 CCA Biennial
    • Design development and construction of Bust, as part of an invitational exhibition at Jai & Jai Gallery
    • On-site construction of the Party Wall pavilion at MoMA PS1
  • Barkow Leibinger


    • Design development, drawings, for the 'ArtLab' in Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • Design development, drawings, for the competition 'Gewerbegebit (Business District)' in Berlin's Quartier Heidestrasse
    • Design development, drawings, facade, for a new parking structure at Trumpf headquarters in Ditzingen
    • Design development, drawings for a new bureau/coworking space on Kynaststrasse in Berlin
  • AAP Material Practice Facilities

    Shop / CNC Lab Assistant|20132016

    • Supervision, education and maintenance of digital fabrication tools (CNC mills, laser cutters, 3-D printers)
    • Supervision, education and maintenance of analog fabrication tools (wood and metal shops)
  • Bosch Capdeferro Arquitectures

    Architectural Intern|2014

    • Preparation of coursework and curriculum for the option studio Toponymies ARCH 7912 at Cornell University
    • Mapping and analysis of Parc de La Devesa, Girona
    • Preparation of exhibition materials for Cases Pati at the 2014 Premis FAD d’Arquitectura
  • MOS

    Architectural Intern|2013

    • Design assistance and construction of MOS live/work studio renovations
  • stephanieGOTO

    Architectural Intern|2013

    • Models and mock-ups for competition entry at the Smithsonian Institute


  • Cornell University

    Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Fine Arts|20122018


    • Rhino
    • RhinoCAM
    • Grasshopper
    • V-Ray
    • AutoCAD
    • Vectorworks
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • Lightroom
    • MS Office
    • Woodworking
    • Metalworking
    • CNC Fabrication