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Architect of Her Own Future

“女校友”开辟了一条目标明确、富有创造性的道路,通向一个长远的职业愿景.

Li smiling on the steps.

李丹雅担任建筑学院年度论文出版编辑, 与那些渴望在最终设计中产生影响的五年级学生分享她的专业知识.

如果李丹雅能给雪城大学的学生一个建议 School of Architecture, it would be adapt, but stay true to your character.

Li’s guidance comes from a place of professional and personal insight. Since completing the University’s rigorous five-year bachelor of architecture program and earning a minor in sustainable construction management, she’s gained valuable experience—and had enviable achievements. 她毕业后取得的成就得益于广泛的技能, versatility and a strong sense of her own goals.

Since graduating, I’ve been able to call myself an architectural designer, a set designer, 一个编辑, 一个制造商, a photographer and an art director.

—Danya Li ’19

“I wanted to be an architect since I was in seventh grade,” recalls the Massachusetts native, who chose 锡拉丘兹 for its renowned undergraduate program, currently ranked fifth in the nation. “我只申请了建筑专业排名前20的学校,”她回忆道. “When I got into 锡拉丘兹, I said, ‘This is the one.’”

无论是作为大学专业还是职业,建筑都是一个要求很高的领域,但李宇春长期以来一直接受着它的挑战. While she carves out her own professional path, 她还担任建筑学院年度论文出版物的编辑, 管理110个项目,并与渴望对最终设计产生影响的五年级学生分享她的专业知识.

Putting Small Things in Perspective

李自己的毕业论文是一个名为“裸露的图像”的透视模型——探索照片如何影响和扭曲bat365app对空间的理解. “Going into thesis year, I had no idea what I wanted to do,” she admits. Guided by her own interests and the advice of Professor Nicole McIntosh, 她设计的一个项目被学校2019年论文奖评审团提名.

她对微缩模型的尝试给她带来了一个意想不到的机会,她被邀请为曼哈顿复古家具零售商Coming Soon设计布景. “毕业后,我绝对没想过要做布景设计或微缩模型,”李说, whose Instagram presence sparked a growing interest in her talents. “My thesis work prepared me to take advantage of this great opportunity, even though it wasn’t necessarily the path I’d planned out.”

Examples of Li's advertisements

李为Brooklinen假日系列设计的立体模型曾出现在纽约地铁的广告中, digital boards and bus stops.

Within months, more clients and model design projects came her way, 到2020年底,她开始为自己最喜欢的零售商之一的假日系列设计服装, Brooklinen. “People are so mesmerized by miniature creations,” she says, 回忆起朋友和粉丝们对她用学生时代学到的3D打印技术为这个项目制作的微型散热器的喜悦.

Although demand for her design skills was a surprise, 李很快适应了客户的需求,并从每一次经验中学习. “每个项目都让人大开眼界,因为客户想要不同的东西. 这是一个运用我在学校学到的手艺和技能的问题,”她说. “这很疯狂,但我真的没想到现在会有这么多在建项目.”

Embracing the Possibilities

Danya Li building her thesis project in the School of Architecture

Li’s thesis, nominated for the 2019 Thesis Prize Jury, 揭示了照片如何影响和扭曲bat365app对空间的理解.

作为一名学生,李抓住了每一个机会让自己沉浸在大学所能提供的一切之中. Semesters in 弗洛伦斯 而在 伦敦 inspired her professionally and gave her a taste for life overseas. “伦敦是我想在这里度过余生的城市之一,”她说. “I would love, love, love to end up there eventually if I could.”

She also joined Delta Gamma sorority, which offered a social life outside the “architecture bubble,” as Li puts it, and led to friendships she will treasure for life. “他们是我可以回家一起减压的人,”她说. “I just can’t imagine my college experience without them.”

Through the School of Architecture, 在本科最后一年之前,李在纽约的一家建筑公司获得了暑期实习的机会. 她说:“我在实习期间学到了很多东西,我喜欢纽约。. 这个职位让她认识了宝贵的导师,给了她真实世界的经验,也让她更清楚地知道毕业后会有哪些选择.

Forging Ahead on Her Own Terms

成为一名完全注册建筑师的过程包括一系列令人生畏的考试,许多初露头角的建筑师在通过之前必须反复参加这些考试. 尽管对于年轻的专业人士来说,在公司工作的几年时间里获得这个许可证是很常见的, Li has other ideas. “我想开辟一条独立的自由之路,这样我就可以决定什么时候我想做什么,” she says.

在大流行期间,她在马萨诸塞州的家中度过了大部分时间, Li is philosophical about her unfolding path. 她说:“我坚信‘该来的时候就来。’. “在父亲去世前的两年里,我能够在家帮助母亲照顾他, and now I have a beautiful new chapter ahead of me.这一新的篇章包括19年和男友兼校友Ryan Oeckinghaus一起搬到布鲁克林.

这是一个使用我在学校学到的手艺和技能的问题

—Danya Li ’19

她还与玛德琳·林戈(Madelynn Ringo)一起开始了一段令人兴奋的自由职业生涯, 她是一名建筑设计师,利用所学为品牌创造独特的空间. “I have a really strong brand design sensibility, 这份工作非常有趣,很难相信我能为这些梦想中的客户设计而获得报酬,”李说, 谁在这个新职位上继续拓展她的建筑摄影技能.

Li speaking to auditorium of senior students.

As thesis editor for the School of Architecture, Li returns to campus each fall to kick off the senior project, 建议在校学生如何开发和展示他们的作品.

与此同时, 她作为论文出版编辑与雪城建筑学院保持着联系, sharing her wisdom with students and working with the school’s dean, Michael Speaks, thesis director Kyle Miller, and Mark Linder, 教授她最喜欢的课程之一建筑理论. “They know that I have this unique perspective of being a recent grad, and that I know what students are going through and what to say to them.”

当她展望未来时,她似乎有一种使命感和自知之明. “Since graduating, I’ve been able to call myself an architectural designer, a set designer, 一个编辑, 一个制造商, a photographer and an art director,” she says. “You have to be true to your own character. And at the end of the day, you’ll end up where you belong.”

Elizabeth Myers

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