For me, learning is a lifelong process.
I studied architecture at Tsinghua University in China and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Then for 20 years I practiced architecture in the United States, tracing on paper the clean, slick building designs I have always loved. But I wanted more. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied doing the same thing forever, so I made the most drastic change of my life — returning to China and joining AECOM in 2011 as vice president and design principal. It was a rewarding opportunity to discover a whole new world outside the realm of tracing paper. With my AECOM teams in China, I can design 20 buildings in a year. I have worked hard to build trust with my team members and my clients. My team works together closely, appreciating each other’s efforts, and clients trust my advice. My decision to move was also the right one for me on a personal level. Before, I was practicing architecture and won major awards, but now, I practice business, which takes a broader scope beyond the drawing table. My focus has shifted from a purely artistic pursuit to also creating value for clients. In the last few years, I have seen the true value of AECOM as a fully integrated service provider, and how each employee plays an important role. I feel that I am truly a part of this “family.”