Da Li

Da Li

Royal Oak, MI, US

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Da Li is an architectural humanist + virtual reality specialist + digital artist. He received his Master of Architecture with an Alpha Rho Chi Medal from the University of Michigan. His specialty and enthusiasm lie within the making of human-centered space, which can be found in his extensive experience in institutional, workspace, and mixed-use projects.



D MET studio, Detroit, MI, US, Associate Designer

-Efficiently performed more than 10 projects that include 2 new constructions, 9 remodels, and 1 competition.

-Actively engaged in St. Albertus mixed-use project. Developed and updated technical drawings and design packages in conceptualization and schematic design phases.

-Revitalized the common area and delivered a new reading of building facades for an office renovation project by using environmental graphics.

-Delivered on-site measurements and as-built drawings for five projects, including one housing, two restaurants, and two office building projects.

-Assisted with the creation of material palettes and the production of construction documents for two custom residences.

-Single handedly created entrance signages and canopy for The Kresge Foundation office building.

-Utilized Twinmotion software to establish smooth workflow for importing models and developing real-time rendering.

Jan 2019 - current

Pentagram, New York, NY, US, Spring Break Extern

-Provided multiple schematic options for the design of three exhibition spaces at The National Building Museum in collaboration with the team. Generated various Rhino models, diagrams, and renderings to support design presentations.

-Developed physical model for Audible’s Hunter Hall Wall project within time to communicate design ideas with the client. Assisted with documenting the project during the site visit to Audible’s office building.

Mar 2019 - Mar 2019

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Instructor of Arch 583 Professional Practice

-Collaborated closely with professors to dynamically improve course contents, teaching methods, and the quality of assignment requirements.

-Provided comprehensive academic support and tutorials in both one-to-one and in-class setting to 70+ students.

-Graded, analyzed, and gave feedback on 500+ quizzes and assignments. Identified the trends and areas needed to improve.

Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

pHdesign, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

-Played a vital role as primary designer by working on a 38,000 sqft passive-house mixed-use community center, while conducting code research and producing drawing sets for municipal review and permitting.

-Drafted and revised drawings of eight housing projects, including two passive buildings based on supervisors’ markup.

-Delivered high quality physical models within all deadlines in accordance with client requirements.

-Prepared various rendering workflows according to different scenarios and requirements.

-Improved design presentations by introducing virtual reality.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Beijing Institute of Architecture Design, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

-Established site plans by conducting on-site analysis for a shooting resort in compliance with municipal zoning regulations. Drafted schematic plans according to the supervisor’s sketches and verbal instructions.

-Updated the design changes in construction documents through collaboration with structural engineers, landscape architects, and general contractors.

-Provided marketing materials in the form of renderings and illustrations.

Sep 2014 - May 2015


-Participated in all phases of design from programming to project management for residential communities by serving as draftsman. Created the design of apartment buildings by applying the “SkeletonSupport-Infill” technology.

-Independently developed the framework of the landscape design for a 15+ acre residential neighborhood.

Dec 2013 - Sep 2014


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

-Alpha Rho Chi Medal
-Student Show Exhibition + Alumini Council Awards Finalist
-Studio Sessions Interview

Aug 2017 - May 2019

Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, CN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

-First Prize Academic Excellence Scholarship for four consecutive years

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Undergraduate Urban Planning Exchange Program

Best Graduation Project

Aug 2015 - May 2016


Student Show Exhibition + Alumini Council Awards Finalist at Taubman College, the University of Michigan, Nomination


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

Since 1931, the Bronze Alpha Rho Chi Medal has recognized graduating architecture students for their leadership and service and what they offer the future of the profession.


Studio Sessions Interview at Taubman College, the University of Michigan, Other


Best Graduation Project at DAAP, University of Cincinnati, 1st Place


First Prize Academic Excellence Scholarship at CAUP, Beijing University of Technology, 1st Place


First Prize Academic Excellence Scholarship at CAUP, Beijing University of Technology, 1st Place


First Prize Academic Excellence Scholarship at CAUP, Beijing University of Technology, 1st Place


First Prize Academic Excellence Scholarship at CAUP, Beijing University of Technology, 1st Place


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