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Jason Li

Urban Designer | Lead Consultant | M. Arch


Master of Architecture
National University of Singapore (NUS)

A methodical urban designer and master planner, Jason brings a wealth of architectural experience and diverse expertise to Portal Studio. Originally hailing from Singapore, Jason began his academic journey as a gifted science student, earning straight As on both his Cambridge O’ and A’ Levels. His name frequently graced the top spots in local and international science and math competitions, marking him as a standout scholar.

In 2001, however, Jason’s path took an unexpected turn when he discovered a fervour for arts, winning the Young Designer Award at the PAYM 30th anniversary design competition. This newfound passion led him to pursue a Master of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, where he was dean-listed for his outstanding performance.

Prior to relocating to New Zealand, Jason honed his architectural acumen in various significant projects. At CapitaLand, he was integral to the design management of Raffles City Hangzhou, and as the design team leader for Au-sino’s China regional office, he worked on notable projects and competitions including Shi Zhi Suqian Hotel, Wenzhou State Hotel, and Tianmu Hot Spring Resort.

In 2013, Jason saw a golden opportunity in the burgeoning development of Auckland, leading him to establish Portal Studio, primarily focused on master planning and green land development using edge-cutting technology and contemporary approaches. In the past decade Portal Studio has been instrumental in many high-profile local projects. These include the subdivision of the strawberry farm at 43 Fred Taylor Drive adjacent to Westgate Town Centre, The Grange Park residence in Papatoetoe next to Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club, and the Woodland Rise Stage Two intensification in Orewa.

Yet, Jason is more than just a consummate professional. He is also an artistic spirit who enjoys exploring the creative world of dance choreography and songwriting. This unique blend of scientific precision, architectural creativity, and artistic passion make Jason a truly distinctive force in the realm of urban design.