Jean Ni



Drawing from art, theory, and activism, Jean Ni approaches equitable design through open-ended interdisciplinary inquiry. Her experience in wilderness therapy and extensive international travel have taught her the value of meaning-making in transitional spaces.

Jean received her MLA from the University of Washington in 2018 and BA in Sociology from University of California at San Diego.

Her recent work through the Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative advanced research projects that range from studying housing and food insecurity to developing community-based models that destigmatize homelessness and serve youth needs.

Jean is co-founder of Design Justice Seattle, a student-led organization centered around design activism. Jean aims to curate meaningful moments of political encounter, exploring how socio-spatial interventions can catalyze more equitable ways of living.