Chaoyu Du is an architect and designer with interests in digital fabrication, computational geometries, data analytics, and the history of 20th-century modern architecture and engineering.
She completed her diploma in architecture at Tongji University (M.Arch) and a dual Master's degree in Urban Design at Technical University of Berlin (M.Sc). In 2018, she came to ETH to pursue her passion for digital fabrication and completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication. After the MAS, she joined Gramazio Kohler Research to continue her thesis project on data-driven acoustic design. For this she designed intricate geometrical panels of different typologies and developed a series of visualization tools that could translate robotically gathered impulse responses to both machine-parsable data and human-readable visualization.
Before coming to the Switzerland, Chaoyu collaborated with the architectural offices TJAD and ECADI in computational design and construction drawings. She also has several publications in the realm of architectural theory and history. Based on her research and Master's thesis at Tongji, “Dayu Doon’s Design Projects in Shanghai, A Mirror to Chinese Modernism”, she published a book introducing the Shanghai Yangpu District Library.
Chaoyu is also an active floral artist and Ikebana instructor of the Ikenobo Swiss Central Chapter. She joined the BRG as an intern in Spring 2020 and began as a doctoral student in Architecture & Technology in October 2021.