Director of Planning & Urban Technology
Siqi brings a unique blend of expertise in planning, urban technology, and urban innovation to assist cities, developers, and institutions in tackling their most critical and strategic urban development challenges. As an Associate Principal based in Sasaki’s New York City office, he leads the firm’s planning and urban design practice in the city, as well as its growing Urban Technology practice.
Siqi’s work in Urban Technology revolves around the design and implementation of purposeful, responsible, and value-aligned technology applications in cities, with a focus on promoting sustainability, resilience, engagement, and value creation. His current projects include technology master plans for urban districts, urban data science initiatives, and the development of urban technology prototypes and pilots. This new practice builds upon Sasaki’s established strengths in planning and design, creating a holistic and integrated problem-solving capacity for clients seeking to address their diverse needs across space, technology, user experience, and strategy.
Prior to joining Sasaki, Siqi served as a Director of Planning and Project Delivery at Google/Sidewalk Labs, where he played a leading role in Quayside, Sidewalk Labs’ flagship real estate and urban innovation project in Toronto. Additionally, he spearheaded a $1 million technology incubation program focused on “urban streets of the future,” resulting in the creation of a first-of-its-kind curb management system prototype. Siqi’s experience also encompasses digital product development at Google and Envelope.city, along with planning, urban design, and data analytics projects for municipal, non-profit, developer, and university clients.
Siqi earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. He teaches at Harvard’s Masters of Design Engineering program, focusing on the design and prototyping of speculative future technologies. Siqi is also an active member of ULI’s Technology and Innovation Council and the Urban Design Forum.