Liyu Xue 薛李煜 is an architect and artist based in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Material Science from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, where he also studied performance and fine art. In addition, he obtained a CORe Certificate from Harvard Business School Online.
He has managed residential, retail, financial, hospitality, and experiential design projects for highly valued brands and private customers: spatial design for BeBe Winans Event in London, and Breakthrough Energy Summit in Seattle; lead-designed two Tri-Counties Banks offices in Northern California; collaborated with Fremont Bank on branch prototype branding in the San Francisco Bay Area; art-directed Tendergreens restaurant branding throughout the US; oversaw the US store guidelines production for lululemon; managed three hospitality repositioning projects for Hilton and MGM. He directed 2-10 million interior design projects in Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. Additionally, Liyu curated cultural and art projects including New York State "Reimagine the Canals", ANTUO Hill Museums in Shenzhen, China, and the Milan Navigli Canal Re-Opening proposal.
In a span of just over a year, he has turned STAAY into a design powerhouse, forging partnerships with high-profile clients, event agencies, and community organizations, including Google, Netflix, Square, Quickbooks, Breakthrough Energy, LA Arts District, and beyond.
Recently recognized on Forbes's 30 Under 30 list for his exceptional contributions to the experiential design industry, Liyu is also an active mentor at New INC, an art, design, and technology incubator led by the New Museum in New York. His commitment to the creative community is further exemplified through his participation as the grand jury member for both the California Arts Council and the Frame Awards. His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Architecture, Eater LA, Interior Design Magazine, and exhibited at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, City Group Gallery in NYC, CICA Museum in South Korea, and more.