Shaoan is a second-year student in the Department of City Planning, concentrating in urban design. Prior to Penn, he worked for two years in an architectural firm in Taiwan after he received his bachelor's degree in architecture. The experiences in participating in transit-oriented developments in Taiwan led him to study urban design in Penn. He wants to explore more about the intersection of urban planning, urban design and architecture, seeking different possibilities in urban environments. He is also completing the certificate of real estate design and development.