Jason is a dual degree candidate at MIT, pursuing a Master in City Planning (MCP) and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED). As a licensed professional engineer (PE) with over five years of engineering, design, and planning experience, he combines technical expertise with a passion for community building and placemaking.
Most recently, Jason worked with Skanska Commercial Development on a mixed-use project in Houston's Montrose District, a historic LGBTQ+ neighborhood. His work included financial modeling and advocating for community engagement, sustainability, and cultural preservation. As a research intern at Ernst & Young's Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction sector, he provided valuable market insights on the future of commercial office and ESG.
Previously, at Sasaki Associates, Jason was a civil engineer and interdisciplinary design practitioner, collaborating with landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and ecologists to create sustainable and resilient site designs. His portfolio spans geographies and typologies, including the US Capitol Complex Master Plan, Bonnet Springs Park, Northwestern University's Infrastructure Master Plan, Princeton University's Athletics Facilities, Reston Town Center, The Ellinikon, and Town Branch Park, among others.
At MIT, Jason is focused on expanding his skillsets in commercial real estate development, planning, and project management. In his academic pursuits, he explores how neighborhoods, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, express social identity through the built environment. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil and architectural engineering from Duke University.
Outside of work and school, Jason served as the inaugural director for NAAAP PRIDE, a group dedicated to LGBTQ+ Asian-American professionals in greater Boston. A proud midwest-born, queer, 2nd-generation mixed Chinese- and Vietnamese-American, he loves to explore topics related to intersectionality and identity. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, CrossFit, and exploring cities.