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Yi Zhu

Managing Principal


With the firm since 1994, Yi Zhu helped launch our Shanghai office in 2002 and contributed to our expansion in China. In 2012, Yi was the first employee based outside the United States to be named to Thornton Tomasetti’s board of directors, reflecting the firm’s increasing international presence. Yi has considerable global experience in the structural analysis, design and review of a variety of building types in both steel and concrete. His work includes airports, sports and entertainment venues, commercial buildings, residential towers, long-span structures and mixed-use complexes. During his career, Yi has been involved in many of the firm’s signature supertall towers including Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and China’s Shanghai Tower and Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen.


M.S., Civil Engineering, City College of New York

B.S., Civil Engineering, Tong Ji University

Yi’s work on Shanghai Tower received awards from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, MIPIM, New York Association of Consulting Engineers and the U.S. Concrete Industry Board.