James S. Yu

Mr. Yu has dedicated over 25 years as a registered architect celebrating a wide experience in the administration of financial and personnel resources for the planning, development, and construction activities to achieve the goals of capital improvement projects for national and international organizations.

He had significant hands on practice in the management of large facilities during his employment with the University of Michigan as a staff project architect managing various design professionals, consultants, and contractors to accomplish the capital improvements of 4,500,000 square feet of building inventory.

During the early 90’s, Mr. Yu was employed with Herman Miller, Inc., (a global office furniture systems manufacture) as the sole distribution representative in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.  He had a broad range of responsibilities including supporting the international architecture and design community, assisting U.S. based companies expand into South America, and developing the entry strategy for the marketing of U.S. made Herman Miller products and services into the region.

With an entrepreneurial savvy, Mr. Yu founded the architectural firm of SyDesign on December 2001, and has successfully grown the practice to become the premier firm in the Blue Water area.  He credits this attainment to his team and to his work ethics and philosophy:  “The highest achievements are the result of excellent service, collaboration of effort, professional competency, and integrity in business and moral conduct.”

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification - Current  40226
State of Michigan Licensed Architect - Current  35224
State of Florida Licensed Architect - Current  AR-0016953
State of Florida Architecture Business License - Current  AA-0003399
State of Florida Interior Design Business License - Current  IB-0001201

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
The American Institute of Architects
Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
National Fire Protection Association
 
EDUCATION
1983 – 1985  MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Degree Major:  Professional Practice and Management
Minor Emphasis:  Design

1981 – 1983  BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Degree Major:  Environmental Technology and Design
Minor Emphasis:  Modular Building Construction

1977 – 1981  BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISTORY OF ART
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Degree Major:   History of Renaissance Architecture

Minor Emphasis:  History of Roman Civilization