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 effects of COVID-19 in public schoolrooms, and exploring creative spatial planning tools to aid NYC public schools in reopening for hybrid in-person learning.

As an instructor, Menglan has wide ranging experience teaching in person and online at both public and private institutions, including P.S.-10 in Brooklyn, Hall School in BridgeportYale College, and the Yale School of Architecture. 

As a global citizen and migrant, Menglan was born in China, spent her childhood  in Hungary, and moved to Australia for high school and tertiary education, before relocating to the United States to pursue graduate studies. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she serves on the local community board's land use/landmarks and housing/public housing committees. She enjoys reading, sketching, and exploring the outdoors as much as she can.