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Jiayi Cheng

Jiayi Cheng joined Project for Public Spaces as a design consultant in August 2019 after graduating from Pratt Institute with a master’s of Urban Placemaking and Management. Her integrated background in landscape architecture, interior design, and placemaking allows her to work on a diverse range of projects. She has most recently been involved in the concept development, design visualization, and site plan preparation for the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, LA; Republic Square in Austin TX; H.A. Chapman Green Park in Tulsa, OK; and Shafter Learning Center in Shafter, CA. 

Jiayi’s international experience brings a unique perspective to her work. Some of her international activities include: nighttime placemaking research of Kagurazaka street in Tokyo, Japan; activation of historical parks in Milan, Italy; and a variety of landscape and interior design projects in China such as waterfronts, residential, mountain parks, and institutions.

Jiayi is passionate about her craft, and it is important to her that communities are heard and have substantial input in the design of their public spaces. Her training as a placemaker has instilled this drive for more equitable, safe, and open spaces around the world.


Master’s of Science, Urban Placemaking and Management, Pratt Institute, New York, 2019

Bachelor’s of Arts, Environmental Design, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2017


Mandarin, English 


“Reconstruction design of the garden environment in modern urban villages - A Case Study of No. 75 Culture Street, Dalian,” Design (May 2016), p. 142-43.

“The current situation and reuse of indoor and outdoor environment in modern urban villa architecture: A case study of Culture Street in Dalian,” Urban Architecture (Feb. 2016), p. 224, 231.