Xiaowei Li is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois and pursued further studies with a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Her dedication to blending health and landscape architectural viewpoints led her to achieve a Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Built Environment, specializing in Architecture + Health from Clemson University. Her dissertation delved into the walkability of streets in hospital-anchored neighborhoods, creating a bridge between design, planning, and health-conscious considerations. She is affiliated with the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), the Center for Health Design (CHD), and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).
Li's research interests are in areas intersecting urban design, community health, landscape architecture, and geo-spatial analytics, with a particular emphasis on walkability and public spaces. Her studies have primarily focused on urban hospital-anchored neighborhood walkability, evidence-based design approaches, and student health and wellness. Her findings have been featured in several journals and numerous conferences. Through various grants and scholarships, her research underscores a deep understanding of urban spaces, health settings, and their combined design implications.