Mengwen (Scarlett) Li

Mengwen (Scarlett) Li

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Hi, I am Scarlett. As a designer with seven years avant-garde design learning and more than two years working experience as an architectural designer, urban designer & planner  in US and China (Clients include Marriott, Sheraton, University of Houston, Government of Yulong City ), I have the ability to think creatively, work under fast paced environments, multi-task effectively, work with big and small team scopes to construct concepts into reality.

I can offer your design teams 2.5 years of experience producing complete sets of architectural construction document drawings for building and foundation permits for clients; excellent 3D modeling & drawings skills for Design Development Packages;  a great sense for avant-garde design thinking which is influenced by star-architects Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne whom I studied under while obtaining Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture. I have 2 years intern working experience as an architectural designer, urban designer & planner in  China. I am skilled at 2D design tools, such as CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe Creative Suite Programs. I am also expert at 3D modeling, animation and multimedia tools, such as Sketch Up, Revit, 3D Max, Maya, Rhinoceros 3d, Grasshopper. 

Currently, I am looking for architecture designer position in the well-established company to gain experience towards architect license and contribute my design and communication skills to grow with the company; bring in international experience and creative design thinking to support the firm with multiple perspectives and techniques. 

*Legally authorized to work in the US for any employer.


TDCK Architects Inc., Architectural Designer

As an architectural designer, I produce complete sets of Architectural Construction Document Drawings for building and foundation permits, develop 3D models & drawings for Design Development Packages, work with project architects and principals on schematic design & code restricts. I combine drawings and manage project documents from a 30 people team made by engineers( structural /civil /mechanical/electrical / plumbing ), designers( landscape/interior ), contractors, and other consultants communicate on building system changes with teams towards the final scheme, and present design updates to owners. As project management assistant, I work with contractors, project managers and manufacturers to select building materials and control construction budget, assist owners with permit submissions and efficient communications with Houston permit center on permit approvals, provide multi-schemes design to enlarge leasing space, work with leasing team to create leasing brochure and redesign plan layouts for better marketing profits. Projects include City View Terrace Luxury Apartment(Downtown Houston), Marriott Hotel, Center for University Entrepreneurship, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Day Care Center, Townhomes and etc.

Oct 2014 - current

Urban Planning and Design Institute of XAUAT, xi'an, China, design intern

Assisted project team in projects: Yulong Snow Mountain(Li Jiang, China) Tourism Development Planning, BaoShan City Planning, Stone Valley tourist resort design. At early stages I worked as a researcher to coordinate surveys & study local policy, economics, transportation, municipal infrastructure, and current tourism status. Apply research results to address regional issues, develop potential tourism resources, and set strategy on tourism management. Later, as a designer, I was responsible for land use applications, tourist resort
design, preparing presentations and meeting with clients.

Dec 2009 - Dec 2011

National University Student Innovation Program, xi'an, China, Researcher & Designer

Worked in a 5 people team on a long-term national funded college research -- "Rationalize
Distribution Pattern for Street Vendors". Contributed to research on multiple aspects of how street vendors conflicts with city, Collect and analyze vendors, citizens and governors behaviors through lab studies, surveys, and multiple research methods. Integrate research results on planning dynamic trading zone for vendors and designing engageable urban furniture for city.

Sep 2009 - May 2011


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, ARCHITECTURE

Aug 2012 - Sep 2014

Xi’an University Of Architecture And Technology (XAUAT), Xi’an, China, BArch, Architecture, Urban Design and Planning

Sep 2007 - Jun 2012


Article”The Investigation Of Street Vendors’ Living Condition Under The New Policy”, Other

Published on “IFeng-City ”(Magazine under Phoenix Television)


SCI-Arc Spring Shows Selected Design, Other


National University Student Innovation Program, 1st Place

Selected and Funded By Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China


“Urban Planning Social Practice Research Report Selection”, 1st Place

Awarded by China Urban Planning Steering Committee


Two Year Merit Scholarship, 1st Place

Awarded by Xi’an University Of Architecture And Technology


Cendes Enterprise Scholarship, 1st Place

Awarded by Sichuan Cendes Architecture Engineering Design Co., Ltd.


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