Liam Li

Liam Li

Ann Arbor, MI, US

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Liam Li (Yan Li) is a M.Arch candidate at Taubman College, University of Michigan graduating in May, 2019. Currently he is working as a research assistant at Design Earth, a collaborative practice led by El Hadi Jazairy at University of Michigan and Rania Ghosn at MIT. Liam did a summer internship at Cuningham Group LA office in the summer of 2018. Before coming to the US, Liam got his Bachelor degree of Architecture from Harbin Institute of Technology and worked as an intern architect for two china-leading design firms, Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT (HITADRI) and URBANUS. 



Design Earth, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Research Assistant

— Assisted with the projects of Design Earth, led by Professor El Hadi Jazairy and Professor Rania Ghosn
— Researched the project, Julia, the submerged volcano
— Created the representation for the exhibition at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, France

Dec 2018 - current

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., Culver City, CA, US, Architectural Intern

— Contributed to concept design of a theme park in Orlando
— Collaborated on proposals for a homeless shelter competition in downtown Los Angeles
— Produced physical models for a healthcare project in San Diego
— Assisted with the submittal review, maintenance of submittal log and responses to RFIs

May 2018 - Aug 2018

ArchDaily, Beijing, CN, Editing Intern

— Translated and edited the articles from the English version website to Chinese and
— Posted on the Archdaily in Chinese version

May 2017 - Jul 2017

Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design, Detmold, DE, Research Assistant

— Assisted Professor Hans Sachs on the research about wooden joints
— Fabricated the models for the Gruppe shared Tower project

Oct 2016 - Jan 2017

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, CN, Architectural Intern

— Developed schematic design drawings of the Ice Hockey Hall in Ulanqab
— Generated concept design options for the Xinyuan Recreation Center

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016

URBANUS 都市实践, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

— Developed construction drawings of the Mount Tai Holiday Village
— Produced new renderings and diagrams of the firm’s projects to be published in print and online

Dec 2015 - Mar 2016


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

- GPA 3.7
- Staff of Dimensions 31, a student-produced journal of architecture at the University of Michigan;
- Research Assistant with Design Earth;
- Attended workshops: Becoming Digital with LAMAS, 2017
Practice Session with Point Supreme , 2018
Practice Session with Andrés Jaque , 2019
UN-WORKING SPACE with Francesco Marullo , 2019

Oct 2017 - May 2019

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, CN, BArch, Architecture

Graduation with Distinction, 2017
Merit Student of Heilongjiang Province, 2015
People Scholarship, 2012-2016
Awarded the 2014 Kwang-hua Scholarship (top 3%)
First Prize in 2014 HIT School of Architecture Summer Social Practice
Awarded the 2013 Special Scholarship (top 1% )
Yangguang Scholarship Dec. 2013

Oct 2012 - Jul 2017


CIID Thesis Competition, 2nd Place


D3 Natural Systems International Competition, 1st Place


Autodesk Revit Sustainable Design Competition, Honorable Mention


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