Dan Li is a landscape architect, educator, and methodologist. Her design, research, and teaching mainly focus on using the landscape architecture approach to solve sustainability and resiliency issues in contemporary society. She is also exploring the community outreach and environmental justice aspects within the field of landscape design.
Li is currently a doctoral candidate in the landscape architecture track of the Architecture and Design Research program at Virginia Tech. She holds a bachelor of landscape architecture from Beijing Forestry University and a master of landscape architecture from Tongji University. She also earned graduate certificates in educational research and evaluation, and preparing for the future professoriate at Virginia Tech.
Li worked as a landscape architect in Shanghai before she began pursuing her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech and continued to work as a landscape architect at the Community Design Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has earned numerous awards and worked at the national headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Li’s current doctoral research combines her interests in sustainability and design education to explore how landscape architecture programs and their faculty teach sustainability using a three-phase mixed-methods design. Li is also working on an interdisciplinary teaching and learning project in the landscape architecture design studios.
In the summer of 2019, Li represented Virginia Tech while visiting seven universities in Europe and presented the outcomes at the Swiss Embassy as part of the Global Perspective Program.