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Richard “Ri” Le (pronounced ARE-ee lay) is a Web developer, creative technologist, and urbanist who uses engineering, design, and informed research to shape digital and physical environments that inspire education, problem-solving, and meaningful change.


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Ri (pronounced "ARE-ee") is a recent graduate of Columbia University seeking roles in software engineering & development (Web front-end/full-stack) and data science/data engineering, with domain expertise in urban/city planning.

Ri is skilled in data analytics, Web development, geographic information systems (GIS), and urban planning. Ri is a dedicated multidisciplinary practitioner, with a strong quantitative and technical foundation backed with the care of storytelling and social context research.

Ri is an alum of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where—in-between writing papers on race and urban history in America, typing out data structures for Computer Science, and coordinating media and events for the Asian Students’ Alliance— Ri worked in Computing and Information Services serving the Art History department and the Vassar Quarterly alumni magazine, as well as making films for Vassar Stories, Vassar Admissions, and the Vassar Fund in the Vassar College Office of Communications.

Ri is proud to be a first-generation college student, a child of refugees from the Vietnam War, a QuestBridge Scholar, and a member of the QuestBridge Alumni Association. Ri was an Associate Producer for the 2016 documentary film (Un)Privileged: The Cost of Being Poor at an Elite Institution.

Software tools

  • Javascript/Web - HTML/CSS, Sass, SCSS, Javascript, ES6, Node.js, React, Redux, Webpack, Gatsby, Sanity, Strapi, GraphQL, REST
  • Python - Pandas, NumPy, Geopandas, Scikit-Learn, XGBoost, HDBSCAN, Altair (Vega-Lite), Matplotlib, SpaCy, statsmodels, Flask, Django, SQLAlchemy ORM
  • R - Tidyverse, ggplot, tidyr, dplyr, sf for geospatial
  • SQL - PostgreSQL, SQLite
  • DevOps basics - Linux, Ubuntu, Docker, Vagrant
  • Java, Arduino (C++ version and Johnny-Five), Vuo


Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
Master of Science in Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). May 2020. MS Thesis: "Things that quicken the heart": analyzing the affective footprint of urban ambient media

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with concentrations in Urban Studies and Education. May 2017. Departmental honors in Urban Studies. Senior Thesis: “Digital Punk Rock Spirit:” A Spatial Reorientation of Asian American Diasporic Subcultural Subjectivities

About this site

This site was designed and built by Ri using React and Gatsby deployed to Netlify.

This website is dedicated to my late brother (1979–2019), who taught me that technology could be fun, subversive, and an infinite wellspring of wonder, curiosity, amusement, and joy.