Yufan grew up in Hong Kong and Beijing and attended a boarding school adjacent to the Forbidden City, where royal gardens and parks were the school’s backyard. The idealized miniature landscapes sparked her curiosity in design, but she later found herself drawn to the unexpected views of natural scenery and urban life outside of the garden.
Yufan earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2016, and her Bachelor of Art in Textile Design from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Cornell University in 2012. She also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied sculpture and installation art. Her experience with fibers and textiles led her to landscape architecture, a seemingly natural step due to the principles and sensibilities it shares with textile design. For Yufan, both fields of work involve orchestrating conditions within which materials function symbiotically, though when observed individually the materials themselves are ephemeral registrations of the process.
Yufan joined MVVA in 2016.