As an architectural designer, Menglan Li works on residential and contemporary art gallery projects at Caplan Colaku Architecture in NYC. She holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of New South Wales, Australia. 


As a freelance designer, Menglan is researching the affects of COVID-19 in public schoolrooms, exploring creative spatial planning tools to aid NYC public schools reopen for hybrid in-person learning.

As an instructor, Menglan has wide ranging experience teaching at public and private institutions, in person and online including P.S.-10 (K-5), Hall School (K-6), 

Yale College (undergraduate) and the Yale School of Architecture (graduate). 

As a global citizen and migrant, Menglan was born in China, spent her childhood  in Hungary, moved to Australia for high school and tertiary education, and relocated to the United States to pursue graduate studies. She currently lives in Brooklyn, serves on the local community board's committees, reads, sketches, and explores the outdoors as much as she can.