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Iris Li

Iris Li

Los Angeles, CA, US

 
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About 

I got my undergraduate degree in China Academy of Art (CAA), and recently, graduated from UCLA with Distinction Award as a master student. The studies in these two institutions are completely different, and this is really meaningful to me.

At CAA, I learned basic knowledge of architecture in the context of Chinese traditional culture from the three aspects -- city social criticism, narrative garden, and natural construction. These three directions make me always think of sociality, narrativity, and construction at the same time which I think is really important and influential to me. And except for essential skills in architecture designing, modeling and drawing, I also got very strong exercises in physical modeling and graphical representation, as well as my own aesthetical appreciation in this outstanding art school.

However, in my graduate study, I expanded my understanding of architecture a lot. Learning from professor Greg Lynn in his Mobility Studio, I realized that mobility in the future can be part of the design and solution rather than problems. And it is no longer limited to the design of singer buildings, but also wrestles with the very problematic conditions of the modern environment. So, during the study, I learned quite plenty of analytical skills such as pedestrian simulation by different techniques and I also learned to use storyboard and animations to express spatial design and solving strategies which makes me always focus on people's experience.

I think this specific educational background makes me fit the needs of the times. Nowadays, under the extremely prevailing AI technique, architects should try best to become the irreplaceable ones, which needs our efforts and capacities on attitude and expression, graphics and art. Furthermore, we should design technology to solve problems rather than be led by it. In this way, I have confidence to make this job, and make me irreplaceable.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Yanshan Courtyard Design Co., Ltd, Hangzhou, CN, intern

Suzhou Aesthetic View Art Museum, a renovation project - design, and construction drawing
A private garden for an artist in Zhengzhou - construction drawing
A roof garden on the top floor of a residential building in Zhengzhou - design
An exhibition of Suzhou Garden in China Academy of Art's Folk Art Museum - design

Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
 

Education 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, architecture

Graduated with Distinction Award

Aug 2018 - Jul 2019
 

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, CN, Bachelors, architecture

Rewards:
The honor of Merit Student, 2017
Person of the Year, 2015
The honor of Merit Student, 2015

Scholarships:
Chongli Art Prize, The Council of Chongli Foundation, 2018
First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, CAA, 2017
National Top 16 in the C Foundation Scholarship Plan, 2017-C Foundation Star Contest, 2017
First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, CAA, 2015
Second-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, CAA, 2015

Titles:
Teamleader of the school track team,
The main member of the Students' Association Union,
President of Love Association,
Vice-president of Student Union,
Volunteer of Bali Kindergarten Program

Sep 2013 - Jul 2018
 

Awards 

Distinction Award, Award

Graduated with Distinction Award, UCLA

2019
 

Chongli Art Prize, Scholarship

Chongli Art Prize, The Council of Chongli Foundation
For graduation project

2018
 

Honor of Merit Student, Honorable Mention

The honor of Merit Student, Chica Academy of Art

2017
 

First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, Scholarship

First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, Chica Academy of Art

2017
 

National Top 16 in the C Foundation Scholarship Plan, Scholarship

National Top 16 in the C Foundation Scholarship Plan, 2017-C Foundation Star Contest

2017
 

Honor of Merit Student, Honorable Mention

The honor of Merit Student, Chica Academy of Art

2015
 

Person of the Year, Nomination

Person of the Year, Chica Academy of Art

2015
 

First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, Scholarship

First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, Chica Academy of Art

2015
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills