Alex Yueyan Li joins the School as a Part-Time Instructor and will teach design studio and seminar courses.
Before coming to Syracuse, Li served as the Irving Innovation Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where his research and teaching focused on historical and contemporary material techniques in architecture. Concurrently, he organized a series of graduate-level workshops that rethink the agency of representation through the lens of social, cultural, technological, and environmental issues.
Li’s experimental work explores the real-time capacity of computational tools to develop material techniques that are sensitive to time, process, and other dimensions of reality. His research has taken various forms ranging from machines, mock-ups, furniture, buildings, images, and texts, all converging under three distinct yet interrelated themes: material properties, construction standards, and tectonic assemblies. He has given lectures and served on juries at a number of institutions including Harvard, SCI-Arc, the University of Toronto, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Li was a project designer at MILLIØNS where he led architecture and art installation projects in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Taipei, and France. This includes managing an ongoing project that reimagines the east wing of I.M. Pei’s Everson Museum, in Syracuse, NY. He also has practiced with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Höweler + Yoon, and Shigeru Ban Architects.
Li received a Master of Architecture I AP with Distinction from Harvard GSD, where he was the recipient of the Clifford Wong Housing Prize and the Architecture Research Grant. He also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Distinction from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he received the President’s Scholarship and the First in Class Award.