Tsz Yan Ng

Associate Professor in Architecture

Tsz Yan Ng’s material-based research and design primarily focus on experimental concrete forming (hard) and textile manipulation (soft), often times in direct exchange, incorporating contemporary technologies to develop novel designs for building and manufacturing. A common thread to her work investigates questions of labor in various facets and forms – underscoring broader issues of industrial manufacturing innovation, of human labor, crafting, and aesthetics. She’s the principal of an independent architecture and art practice with built works in the US and China. She received an Architect Magazine R+D Award for Robotic Needle Felting, an AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant to explore concrete 3D printing, a New Researcher Award from ARCC, and most recently, in 2022, the Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York and an AIA Small Project Award for the timber pavilion project SPLAM. Her scholarly work includes co-editing for the book Twisted release in 2018, for the Journal of Architectural Education’s theme issue Work, and for Gradient Journal Feed #2, focusing on discourse from the Architectural Computational Design & Construction Cluster (ACDCC) at Taubman College. She served on the Board of Directors for ACADIA between 2019-2022 and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC).




Zhu, He, K. Yu, W. McGee, T. Ng, V. C. Li. “Limestone Calcined Clay Cement for Three-Dimensional Printed Engineered Cementitious Composites.” Advances in Rheology and Additive Manufacturing in Construction, Ed. Kamal H. Khayat, Shiho Kawashima. Journal of the American Concrete Institute, November 2021, 111-122,

Yu, Kequan, V. C. Li, W. McGee, T. Ng. “3D-Printable Engineered Cementitious Composites (3DP-ECC): Fresh and Hardened Properties.” Cement and Concrete Research 143, May 2021, 106388,

Li, Victor, F. Bos, K. Yu, W. McGee, T. Ng, S. Figueriredo, K. Nefs, V. Mechtcherine, V. Nerella, J. Pan, and G. van Zijl, J. Kruger. “On the emergence of 3D printable Engineered, Strain Hardening Cementitious Composites.”
Cement and Concrete Research 132, 2020,

Ng, Tsz Yan. “Labor Visible and Invisible.” Interiors, Volume 9, no. 1, March 2018, 42-59. Published online: March 2019,


Ng, Tsz Yan. “The Case for R+D_Research, Design, and Manufacturing,” Keynote for University of Tennessee Manufacturing and Design Innovation Showcase, October 17, 2022.

Ng, Tsz Yan. “The Case for R+D,” Raneiro Corbelleti Memorial Lecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, August 24, 2022. Lecture.
Ng, Tsz Yan, Sean Ahlquist, Evgueni T. Filipov. “Knit Casting – experiments in controlling concrete’s inflation for CNC manufactured knit formwork,” Digital Concrete 2022, Loughborough University, June 26-29, 2022. Presentation.

Ng, Tsz Yan. “Emergent Labor – revising workforce skills in context to R+D and automation,” and “Alternative Forming | Forming Alternatives – innovations in concrete forming,” Tilt-Up Future Think 3.0, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, May 16, 2022. Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago. Two sessions: Fabrication & Workforce.

Ng, Tsz Yan. “Old techniques, New Processes – textile innovations for architecture.” ARCINTEX US Conference. Proposals for Other Worlds: Architectures, Materials, Interactions. April 7-8, 2022, Penn State University.

Ng, Tsz Yan. Emerging Voices Presentation. The Architectural League of New York, March 17, 2022. Presentation and panel discussion.Ng, Tsz Yan, W. McGee. “Topology + Timber,” Resilient City, Physical Social, and Economic Perspectives, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, ARCC, 2022, Miami. Presentation.


ARCH 509- Sartorial Architecture

ARCH 537 -Graduate Fabrication

ARCH 660 & 662 -Graduate Thesis: Concrete Labor

ARCH 660 & 662 -Graduate Thesis: Topology + timber