Originally from China, Jiongye Li has been interested in fine art from a young age. Throughout his childhood, he learned several methods of painting, such as watercolor, gouache and oil. His passion for fine art is largely what attracted him to landscape architecture. He chose to study both Architecture and Landscape Architecture in order to explore more about the relationships between art and engineering. During his undergraduate study, he realized the significance of applying hand drawing skills into landscape design, especially in areas like site planning and canopy plan design. Which, for him, are particularly valuable during the schematic design phase where drawing with pencils and trace paper allows him much more freedom than digital drawings in terms of idea inspiration.
Jiongye’s graduate thesis focused on sea level issues in Miami, which subsequently played a crucial role in motivating him to move to South Florida. In 2018, Jiongye began his career in Landscape Architecture and currently works as member of the design team. He is particularly interested in small-scale landscape design, such as single-family residential projects, which allow him to focus more on the construction details and selections of plant material.
Besides painting, Jiongye spends most of his spare time making videos, website design and photography; all of which he learned during his graduate education at RISD. Born and raised in a coastal city, Jiongye is a big fan of swimming, and specializes in freestyle and butterfly strokes. He is also currently a blue belt in Aikido.
Bachelor of Engineering, China Central Academy of Fine Arts