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Yanjia Liu

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Over the past four years, Yanjia enjoyed a successful career as a Certified Urban Planner and Urban Designer in the US. He worked for public sector clients for two years with Perkins + Will in San Francisco and New York City, and for private sector clients for two years with CBT Architects in Boston. This holistic and in-depth experience shaped his talents for dissecting physical impact of zoning regulations and design guidelines, envisioning value-adding and sustainable design strategies, and transforming under-utilized urban spaces into revenue and social benefits generating opportunities. His highlighted master plan projects include the most representative public-private-partnerships in transforming America’s underutilized military bases, such as Treasure Island and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and redeveloping urban land occupied by inefficient transportation infrastructure, such as Edmonton City Center Airport and the former Interstate 195 land in Providence, RI. His experience in creating feasibility studies and schematic designs for private developers covers a wide range of program types, such as residential, retail, office, museum, hotel, resort, and even casino. Originally from Inner Mongolia, China, Yanjia has very broad international work experience. His projects cover other countries such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Canada, and Switzerland. Prior to coming to the US, he worked in Basel, Switzerland for one year and experienced a grand tour of 14 European countries. At MIT, Yanjia seeks to expand his knowledge of real estate finance and economics, and leverage his planning and design experience to prepare for a leadership role in real estate development and investment. Yanjia is married to Nan Cai, a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, and is the father of a one-year-old daughter. He enjoys traveling, reading, and most of all, meeting new people and establishing new friendships.