Kaining Li

Kaining Li

Los Angeles, CA, US



My name is Kaining Li, and I am from China. I am an international architecture graduate student who is currently studying at USC and graduating in May, 2016. I got my bachelor degree back in Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

I am currently working as an intern for Von Oeyen Architects in Los Angeles and seeking a full time position in a company or a studio which is focus on architecture design. Before going back to China or getting a visa to work in US, I'd like to try different scales of firms to learn more so that I can be more competitive.


Geoffrey von Oeyen Design, Los Angeles, Intern

I am working for Von Oeyen Architects as in intern since February 2016. The projects I follow are two small houses which locate in Santa Barbara, California, USA. I worked from the very beginning of these projects so I did a little bit the design stuff with Geoffrey von Oeyen. Most of the time I model in Rhino and draw plans from the schematic design phase for the design.

Mar 2016 - current

Beijing Shiji Zhongtian Co., Shenzhen, Intern

I made civic drawings in CAD for a large-scale house project with a high density and prepared and organized documentation for the clients.

Oct 2013 - Jan 2014


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Master of Advanced Architecture Studies

I had had 3 studio until now.
For the first semester I was in Jose Sanchez studio, and what we did was creating a parametric pavilion with only one simple small object but different kinds of combination. The program we used is called Unity which is mostly used as game engine.
For the second semester I was in Larrt Scarpa studio. We 10 students worked as a group to analyse the current situation of USC, and redesigned it to make USC a better place as a learning space.
The last semester I did my architecture theory with Wes Jones. My thesis is thinking architecture as a passive container and I designed a museum located in my hometown, Shenzhen, to support my thesis.

Aug 2014 - current

Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, BArch, Architecture Design

In Shenzhen University, I was trained step by step, like most other students, with basic knowledge of many aspects of architecture, such as sensitivity to form, aesthetic of art, architecture history, physics science and so on.

Oct 2009 - Jul 2014


Election for 2015 DADA Digital Factory Event, Other

My group design “DAILEMOTA” deigned in Jose Sanchez studio in the first semester at USC, is selected for the exhibition in 2015 DADA Digital Factory Event.


The Second Prize of Saida Academic Scholarship (GPA) of College of Architecture & Urban Planning, 2nd Place

I won a scholarship as my average GPA of all subjects in the third year was ranked as the top 15% among the school.


The First Prize in the 2010 Autodesk Cup – National College Students of Architecture Design Appraisal, 1st Place

As a first year undergraduate student, I was picked to send my first design — campus bus station to compete with other students from all over China. I got the 1st price which helped me win a scholarship from my school, and my project was awarded as the most excellent homework among the others from first year students.


The First Prize of Saida Academic Scholarship (Major only) of College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Scholarship

I won a scholarship as my major GPA from the first two semester was ranked as the top 5% among the school.


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