A habitual researcher and avid seeker of stories, Jean Ni engages with the world through open-ended interdisciplinary inquiry. Her values are deeply rooted in practices that are attentive to care, accountability, and the cultivation of respectful relations with all fellow beings.
By integrating landscape experience, feminist inquiry, and speculative fiction, Jean aims to craft theoretical apparatuses through which to investigate art and design responses that reject violent structures built by those who believe they are in power. She is interested in the transformative potential of design fictions, and how these demonstrate the political and ethical implications of design thinking. Her work grapples with questions of ontology, meaning-making, and identity formation in space.
Jean’s design work has centered social justice through seeking pathways to meaningfully engage communities and facilitating spatial equity initiatives. Her collaborations incorporate conscientious analysis, concept development, and empathetic processes of understanding and honoring community values from early engagement through place design.
Jean received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington in 2018 and BA in International Studies/Sociology from University of California at San Diego. She currently serves as a studio reviewer, lecturer, and mentor in the UW department of Landscape Architecture.
In her own time, Jean finds joy in exploring feminist science fiction, political ecology, conceptual art, bicycle touring, and rocks.