Yu Fan (Ivan) Cheung



Having lived in cities around the world, Ivan not only speaks four languages, but he offers a global design perspective that enriches his work in the United States with his design experience in Hong Kong and China, and vice versa. With a deep appreciation of the diverse ways in which people inhabit urban spaces, Ivan helps shape GBBN’s design strategy to ensure that our projects contribute to vibrant, sustainable communities.

While helping lead the firm’s design mentorship program, Ivan works in all markets and project types, including the Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center, the award-winning Lake West Five Exhibition Hall, Beijing’s Zoo Tower, and a clinical prototype for Bon Secours Mercy Health that will be built across the Southeastern US. When not designing buildings, Ivan can be found nurturing his small, multilingual family.

Professional Highlights

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, C-Change, Class 15

Program Advisor, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Leadership Roundtable

Presenter, “Group Thinking,” DAAP, University of Cincinnati

Presenter, “Learning From Lego®: Standardized And Flexible Ambulatory Design”, Healthcare Design Conference

Presenter, “Now What? Transition-Proofing Facilities Plans”, Healthcare Design Conference

News & Insights

"Harmonistic urban space/moment constructed with chaotic behavioral fragments: I was first discovered my interest in space by observing what people does, how behavior transforms the nature of space, and eventually I started to realize it is our behavior that creates space.” - Ivan Cheung