Danya Li

Danya Li

New York, NY, US



Danya Li, a recent graduate, received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and a Minor in Sustainable Construction Management from SUNY-ESF. Her thesis, The Denuded Image, explores image culture’s intersection with architecture, contributing to the discussion of visual culture - this thesis was nominated for the 2019 Thesis Prize Jury.

With a strong interest in photography, graphics, and architecture, Danya’s design skills cover both analog and digital practices. Her passion drives her vigorous work ethic, which has allowed her to serve as SU - School of Architecture’s Social Media Manager for the past couple of years in addition to working as an Undergraduate TA for Architecture Representation and a Research Assistant to professors at SU SoA. Her background in photography and art have allowed for a unique way of seeing – she intends to keep these interests as driving forces for when she continues working post-grad. 

Recent projects include freelance work including graphic design, branding, and miniature model making. The most recent projects include models for Coming Soon NY's Winter Catalog and dioramas for Cold Picnic's most recent rug collection launch. 



Syracuse University, Thesis Editor

Editor of the 2020 Thesis Publication at School of Architecture at Syracuse University - managing the composition of student work and writing.

Sep 2019 - current

Self-Employed, Freelance Designer

Designing to create brand identities, miniature models, and work for respective clients covering a wide range of projects including branding/re-branding, miniature models, and social media managing. Clients include: Coming Soon NY, Cold Picnic, Beyond Strong, Airbrushing by Hollie

Jun 2018 - current

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Social Media Director

Developed aesthetics, coordinated, and produced content for the SoA’s social media platforms, mainly the Instagram: @syr_arch

Jan 2018 - May 2019

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Selected Undergraduate TA for ARC 181 - Representation, a core first-year class demonstrating fundamental drawing skills

Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

Woods Bagot, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

-Worked directly for Principal David Brown and Designer Kathleen Cayetano on the Competition Team
-Revised drawings, assembled models, and developed designs for over 12 projects both domestic and international

May 2018 - Aug 2018


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

-Bachelor of Architecture, Dean’s List, Thesis Prize Jury Nominee
-International Study: Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany | Spring 2017 London, England | Fall 2017 - Florence, Italy

Aug 2014 - May 2019



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