Yujia Wang MLA ’17, professor and founding principal of Yi-Chang Landscape and Planning, has recently been named on the Forbes China 30 Under 30 List, becoming the first landscape architect to be given such recognition. This year’s list includes young and outstanding individuals across China in 10 categories, with Yujia named in “Art, Fashion, Lifestyle, and Food.” Forbes publishes the 30 Under 30 List every year to recognize people under the age of 30 who have been impactful in their practice and have shown the potential to become leaders in their fields. The list includes entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals in the performing arts, sports, technology, and cultural circles. Prof. Wang and his firm, Yi-Chang Landscape and Planning have been making an impact in high-profile urban public spaces. The firm has designed and delivered several important linear parks, including a riverfront park and a greenline park in Dongguan, China, with a combined length of over 20 km. Besides being an academic and a practitioner, Wang serves on committees at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), including his appointment on the Committee on Education, Climate Action Committee, and leadership on the International Professional Practice Networks. Recently he has been leading the effort on a national virtual lecturer database aimed at promoting connection and contribution between the professional and educational realms.

“I am honored to be named on the Forbes 30U30 List as the first landscape architect,” Said Wang in a previous interview, “It has been an amazing journey.” He credits his achievement on the decision to “embrace…risks.” He said that “Working with governments to envision and realize key city public space projects, and then witnessing the positive energy it injects into the city and the environment is just incredible.” He also emphasizes the importance of being able to contribute to larger disciplinary initiatives and represent communities. Wang recently traveled to Shanghai to attend the Forbes Conference and Award Ceremony.

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