Maryjane's (Ruijie) quality of design, understanding of community, and speed in turning concepts to reality enable her to create multiple, thorough, and beautiful options. An urban designer and architect with international experience, placemaking is her focus, and she brings a unique sensibility to her projects.
Her vision encompasses healthy spaces and human experiences at different scales, with a systematic approach that improves walkability, strengthens ecosystems, and supports a neighborhood’s well-being, including wildlife's natural habitat. Her solutions are always environmentally responsible and human-centered, with great sensitivity to wellbeing, comfort, and interaction between people and mobility.
She has structured her professional career to impact the built environment on public health and discover the multi-layered relationship between urban design and public health. This belief is entrenched in every project.
Maryjane actively participates in non-profit efforts such as an urban planning initiative to improve Chicago’s River System for people and public health benefits and to revive neighborhoods via renovating existing buildings with a new sustainable technology paradigm. Professionally, she is actively involved in ULI programs, including:
ULI Health Leaders Network Cohort 2
ULI Chicago Technical Assistance Panelist for North Avenue
Maryjane received her M.ARCH from Washington University in St. Louis, M.U.D, Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in Landscape Architecture, Tsinghua University.