Virginia Li

Virginia Li

New York, NY, US



Architectural designer with a demonstrated history in the commercial, corporate and hospitality industries. Strong arts and design professional skilled in Revit, Rhinoceros 3D, AutoCAD, V-Ray and Adobe Creative Suite. Active member of the NCARB AXP in pursuit of the ARE and by extension, architectural licensing. Passionate about optimizing the efficiency of the environmental infrastructure and urban fabric, I aim to enrich community lifestyle through innovative design and technology. Interested in civic, aviation, cultural and mixed use sectors as they focus on the engagement between the environment and its users. As a visionary Millennial, my goal is to apply myself with a conscious drive to embrace an integrative and seamless network between a digital culture, technology and architectural design.


Equinox Holdings, Inc., New York, NY, US, 3D Visualization Designer

Equinox is the preeminent luxury fitness company in the U.S. today with 8,000 employees. Committed to offering a full service wellness experience to maximize life, Equinox offers a totally integrated approach to fitness. With a reputation built on world class programming and an unparalleled member experience, Equinox has continuously expanded its lifestyle concepts and product categories to offer its discerning members full service spas, healthy gourmet cafes and upscale stylish athletic clothing boutiques. Equinox consistently appears on “best of” lists in magazines and newspapers across the country. Equinox operates 53 clubs in key cities across the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC, each architecturally distinct and custom designed to reflect the energy and culture of its neighborhood.

Oct 2017 - current

Gensler, Newport Beach, CA, US, Designer

Gensler is widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, not just the largest. The ability to work together as an integrated team is part of our DNA, and we’ve embraced it at every level, from our Co-CEOs to our studios and project teams. The focus of Gensler leadership is on serving our clients effectively wherever they need our services. Our one-firm firm ethos saves time, cuts costs and delivers innovation. We offer the design industry’s deepest bench of expertise, matched with experience gained by working with our clients across the global economy. We bring that broad knowledge to bear on every project and location where we work.

Aug 2016 - Apr 2017

HOK, New York, NY, US, Design Professional

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. We use design to enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed. Our 1,700 people collaborate across a network of 23 offices on three continents. HOK’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for our clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. Our design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Mortar Arch + Dev, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Mortar merges architecture and development to produce compelling design and construction solutions that do more with less. By integrating both practices into every project, the firm is able to maximize space and value, minimize costs and waste, and preserve the style and substance of every building it designs and builds. The mission is to bring responsible development to New York City and the surrounding region by integrating architecture and development into a single practice. Over the past decade, the firm has designed and built notable new multifamily residential buildings and private residences, and converted and renovated existing buildings – with an emphasis on maximizing return for investors and providing residents with the highest standard of living.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

ODA-Architecture, New York, NY, US, Design Professional

Since ODA's inception in 2007, it has quickly emerged as one of the most recognized firms of its generation, promptly establishing a reputation for delivering imaginative and mold-breaking designs. Seeking to re-order architectural priorities by putting people first. ODA challenges conventional perspectives of dwelling that will, over time, influence life in our cities. Through a range of projects, ODA seeks to reconcile the conditions of vertical urban living with the qualities which benefit and nurture us as human beings: the desire for protected shelter while observing wide perspectives, the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces and the general improvement of life through good design. ODA creates value which by its nature can be replicated again in another form.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014


Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

The Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture is a progressive design environment for advanced architectural research located in Brooklyn, New York, arguably the epicenter of cultural and architectural development in New York City. The programs within the GAUD engage in live cultural debate and speculation via integrative architectural production and Directed Research. They capitalize on the assets of our esteemed faculty and enmesh design research, theory, architectural media, and technological investigations in a manner that fosters “circular” thinking and methodologies. To this end, Pratt Institute’s GAUD seeks to develop a high level of disciplinary precision, adroit technical ability, and a deep understanding of architecture and urban design that allows students to engage questions and challenges which both the profession and discipline are facing now and in the future.

Aug 2013 - Oct 2016

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

The UHM School of Architecture provides the opportunity for a student to earn an accredited degree in the field of architecture or a professional degree in landscape architecture. Our undergraduate program provides a solid foundation for careers in the design and building industries, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, historic conservation, and construction management. Our accredited graduate program prepares students for leadership in the professional workforce.

Aug 2009 - Dec 2012

American InterContinental University (AIU), London, GB, Interior Design

American InterContinental University believes it has a special commitment to support each individual's goals. To this end, the university places emphasis on the educational, professional, and personal growth of each student. Programs, policies, and activities, which have been designed to implement this philosophy and purpose statement, are evaluated periodically and changed, as necessary, to meet the needs of the student body and the institution. AIU, as an international institution of higher education, encourages global understanding by providing an atmosphere of cultural diversity and opportunities for international education.

Jan 2008 - May 2008

Fiorello H. LaGuardia Highschool of Music and Arts & Performing Arts, New York, NY, US, High School, Visual Arts

LaGuardia Arts is one of the original four specialized high schools in New York City, as established by the New York State Legislature in 1972. The Hecht Calandra Act provides for the “establishment and maintenance” of this specialized school of the arts, as well as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Technical High School. This act also defines the admissions criteria for LaGuardia Arts. Students are admitted on the basis of potential and achievement, as demonstrated in a demanding and competitive audition, and a review of their academic records. Currently there are nine specialized high schools in New York City, and LaGuardia Arts remains the sole specialized school of the arts.

Aug 2001 - Jun 2004


Pratt Institute GAUD - Cumulative GPA 4.0, Honorable Mention

Cumulative GPA 4.0

The ensemble of learning throughout the entire M.Arch curriculum complements and reinforces the studios where the understanding, comprehension, and integration of design methods, theoretical, and technical knowledge is tested, pushed to its limits, and discussed in a critique format with faculty, guests, partners, and the GAUD Critic at Large. In addition, a dense array of Lectures and Events is coupled with each semester, focused on Directed Research themes, and are discussion-oriented, include student participation, and engage prominent scholars. Exhibitions and Publications include student work, in addition to the student publication, which offers students opportunities to engage in theoretical, editorial, and writing activities.


Pratt Institute GAUD - InProcess Publication, Honorable Mention

InProcess shows the work from the Design Studios, Computer Media, Technology, and History / Theory curriculum annually to record and disseminate the programs’ production. It provides a platform for faculty and students to set out the specific agendas, experiments, attitudes, debates and speculations vital to the program’s culture. Outstanding work produced by students are selected for publication. In addition to publication, extraordinary projects are recognized for its excellence by being archived to showcase its originality, experimentation and contribution to the architectural community.


Pratt Institute GAUD - Academic Scholarship, Scholarship

Graduate departments consider all accepted applicants for generous merit-based scholarships, all of which are automatically renewed for each year of the degree. No application is required to be considered. Amounts range by department. Continuing students are considered for assistantships as well as endowed scholarships based on particular criteria.


A Better Chance Scholarship, Scholarship

The scholarship organization A Better Chance, founded in 1963, has provided many students of color with the chance to attend college-prep private and public schools across the country. A Better Chance helps about 500 students per year attend over 300 college-prep day and boarding schools, both public and private, across the country.


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