Growing up in a Chinese water town, Xiao is inspired by the power and beauty of the river and the people who live along them. Her work carries her back to her roots, where Xiao has designed and implemented multiple waterfront projects, such as Changsha Baxi Island, Dawang Axis Park, Xiangjiang Waterfront Retail and the Shunde Guipan River Park. The creation of resilient landscape, integrated river culture and river ecology influences her design approach. Over 20 years of landscape, architecture study and working experience has given Xiao a unique perspective on design and planning with holistic solutions. Her work includes large scale city planning and urban design, riverfront park systems, mix-used centers, civic centers and residential communities; and architectural landscape structure, construction detailing and field observation. Her work takes her from planning through construction, giving Xiao a comprehensive understanding from project inception through realization. Xiao has won multiple national and international awards and competitions, including the 2013 ASLA National Merit Award, Changsha Liuyang Riverfront; and 2009 Winner of International Design Competition, Shunde New Town Master Plan.
EducationMaster of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Architecture, South China University of Technology
Design philosophyDesign as integration of Art, Science and People.
AffiliationsMember, American Society of Landscape Architects
Member, Urban Land Institute
Recognition2014 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award - Baxi Island Landscape Planning and Design
2014 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award - Guipan River Landscape Planning and Design
2013 ASLA National Merit Award - Changsha Liuyang Riverfront Park and Urban Design
2013 Winner, International Design Competition - Lianjiang Park Landscape Planning and Design
2012 Winner, International Design Competition - Shenzhen Futian Master Plan and Landscape Design
2012 Winner, International Design Competition - Guipan River Landscape Planning and Design
2009 Winner, International Design Competition- Shunde New Town Master Plan
2009 Winner, International Design Competition- Furong District Eco City Master Plan and Urban Design