Yuchen (Nina) Li

Architectural CAD Drafter I

number of years in profession

number of years with Rosenbaum Design Group

what is the importance of the prop in your photograph?
Cooking tools played a big role in my teenage life as I was growing up. I remember back in China, my parents were always busy and it was my grandma who took care of me most of the time. She made these delicious and beautiful little handmade dumplings for me every time I would return from school. I fell in love with them almost immediately and decided that I wanted to learn to make them. My grandma taught me everything she knew about making dumplings and cooking. In general, she’s a great cook. She always reminds me that cooking comes from the heart, which requires great patience and a tremendous amount of love to make even the simplest dish taste absolutely delicious. So every time when I feel a little stressed out, I go to the kitchen and start cooking. It never fails to help me find peace with myself and reminds me that everything will work out as long as you’ve got the heart to do it. Also, not to mention, the stress will definitely disappear because a great meal comes after the cooking.

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Yuchen

what is your favorite quote to live by?
“Be the change that you wish to see in this world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

where is your dream vacation?
Iceland.

what’s your favorite book?
“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

when you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A builder. I love to build. It started off with Legos and DIY cardboard houses. Now that I’m part of this exciting team, I feel like my childhood dreams are coming true. Only this time, it’s with real architecture and construction

if you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would say super-human intelligence. Like Ironman and Batman.

what’s the coolest thing about your job?
Well for a start, I just got the opportunity to be a part of this exciting architectural firm. All I can say is that being here is already the coolest thing about it. I get to learn from this great team and hopefully, one day, I can contribute to this firm with plenty of successes.