Shan Li

Shan Li

New York, NY, US

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I'm a designer who loves using design as media to solve problems for people and invite more possibilities. I just graduated this May from Columbia University with the master of science advanced architectural design degree and actively looking for employment opportunities now!

School trained me to be a qualified architecture student. I'm skilled with various architectural design software, including Rhino, Processing, Sketch up, Vray, Enscape, Lumion, CAD, GIS, and Adobe Software suites such as PS, AI, ID, PR, and LR. I love telling stories through perspective drawings, mappings, and collages. Knowledge of HTML and VR interaction tools is also one of my advantages. During school, I had various courses regarding data mining, mapping, interaction tool, and coding courses. I have participated in website building and VR facility projects. Having worked at multiple design firms and participated in multidisciplinary projects, I'm familiar with the workflow of different disciplines and became accomplished in dealing with various people from clients, to construction teams, to the government.

Besides academic experience, I have been fortunate enough over the past few years to participate in various architectural practices. I have worked as an intern at leading architecture firm David Chipperfield Architects, helping the team in many aspects such as perfecting drawings, building models, collaborating with governments, etc. For example, during the city hall renovation projects, I undertook certain communication and corresponding work between the Huangpu district government and the firm. I also contributed to the exhibition's success in the government hall. The project I participated in during my internship has won their bidding and is now under construction in China. I also worked at CalisonRTKL company, where I participated in many commercial and competition projects, the largest of which was the Shanghai east station (TOD). This project has also won its bidding among other companies and has been in coordination with the Shanghai government.

Architecture is the physical expression of people within. These practices have not just equipped me with real-world design experience but also cultivated my inclination towards design that could impose positive impacts on society, changing environment, and create exceptional experiences for people. 

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Shan Li



David Chipperfield Architects, Shanghai, CN, Intern Architect

Plan layout and section study
Coordinated with builders and developers
Detail and scheme drawings
Redesign and concept developing
3D modeling and rendering

Jan 2022 - current

CallisonRTKL, Shanghai, CN, Intern Architect

Detail and scheme drawings
Redesign and concept developing
Plan layout and section study
3D modeling and rendering

Mar 2021 - Jul 2021

Beijing Shixiang Architecture Company, Beijing, CN, Intern Architect

Redesign scheme for interior space
Exterior renovation scheme
Plan layout and section study

Sep 2018 - Dec 2018


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

Duration: 09/2020-05/2022(Gap Year)
• Major: Advanced Architectural Design
• Coursework: Architecture Studio by Bernard Tschumi, David Benjamin, and Laura Kurgan
Participated in courses regarding website building, VR facility, story narrating and film editing, data visualization, and coding.

Sep 2020 - May 2022

Shandong University of Architecture and Engineering, Jinan, CN, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Shandong Jianzhu University (Jinan, China)
Duration: 09/2014-06/2019
Major: Architecture
Core Coursework: Architectural Design Studio, Architectural Mechanics, Chinese/Foreign
Architectural History, Architectural Structure, Architecture Physics, Urban Design Studio

Sep 2014 - Jun 2019

Norwich University, Northfield, VT, US, Architecture

Exchange Student, Norwich University ( Northfield, VT, US)
Duration: 01/2018-05/2018
Major: Architecture
Coursework: Architectural Design VI, Advanced Academic English II, Introduction to Visual Design, Digital Photography
Overall GPA: 4.0 / 4.0

Jan 2018 - May 2018

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