Linda Zhang
Assistant Professor

M.Arch 1 AP, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; B.Sc.Arch., McGill University

Linda Zhang joins the School as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. As a registered architect, interior designer, and drone pilot (advanced operations), Zhang’s design-research proposes the process of making as a form of cognition; production as thought—thinking always translates into making and making into further ideas. Through this process, her work explores how community memory, cultural heritage, and identity can be embodied through emergent technologies (including VR, AR, machine learning and robotics), experience (include affect), matter (like clay), and material processes (like slipcasting). Zhang’s work has been exhibited internationally in Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the London Festival of Architecture, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Canadian Centre of Architecture, Milan Architecture Design Expo, and Toronto Offsite Design Festival.

Zhang is the recipient of the 2022 Artist-in-Residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC), 2022 Toronto Metropolitan University Library Researcher-in-Residence, 2021-2022 Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, 2022 Social Innovation and Action SRC Award, 2021 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2021 Dean’s Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Award, the 2020 Toronto Excellence Award, the 2019 Multicultural Fellow at NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts), as well as a 2017 Fellow at the Berlin Center for Art and Urbanistics. As the nominated principal investigator (NPI), she current holds the 2020 Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Exploration Tri-council Fund and the 2021 SSHRC Exploration Fund.

Zhang is thrilled to be returning to Syracuse where she began her academic career as the 2017-2018 Boghosian Fellow. Prior to returning, Zhang was an assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Interior Design at the Creative School and is a principal architect at Studio Pararaum. She previously worked for Studio Olafur Eliasson / Studio Other Spaces (Berlin), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin), Christian Kerez (Zürich), WOJR (Boston), and Approach Architecture Studio (Beijing).

Zhang was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she received a M.Arch I AP with distinction, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize. She received a B.Sc.Arch with First-Class Honours from McGill University School of Architecture where she was the recipient of McGill Alumnae 75th Anniversary Scholarship, the Faculty of Engineering Scholarship, the Murdoch Laing Design Competition (third prize), the Philip J. Turner Prize, and the Steel Structure Education Foundation Scholarship.