Prior to his transition into architecture, Li began his career as a civil engineer. Inspired by the legendary Rem Koolhaas, and his work in Beijing for the headquarters of CCTV, Li experienced firsthand the power of architecture in influencing a country’s way of thinking. Recognizing the limited capacity of civil engineering in developing the final structure, Li sought to become more embedded in the design process.
He believes the best projects hold a sense of uncertainty, and the best designs surrender to this notion, eliminating possibilities to guide individuals through a space, while not controlling how they ultimately engage with it. He posits that learning through design is simultaneously a way of learning about yourself—the better you know yourself, the better your designs may be.