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Liang Wang
Boghosian Fellow 2020-2021

Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design; M.Arch, Rice University; B.Arch, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


During the 2020-21 school year, Wang will teach an architecture studio and two professional electives focusing on his research project, “The Architecture of the Commons.” By engaging the idea of “commons” in relation to the disciplinary knowledge of architecture and particularly through the lens of the superblock development, his research will contemplate the role of architecture as both common means for spatial production and common knowledge in conceiving new modes of collective life and the idea of the city.

Like the four previous Boghosian Fellows, Wang will work closely with faculty and students at the School of Architecture while exploring interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and its various centers and colleges. By emphasizing collective participation and conversation, his research will culminate in the form of a research publication and exhibition, as well as a symposium.

Previously, Wang completed his master of architecture in urban design degree with distinction from Harvard GSD, where he was awarded the Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize and the Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. He also holds a master of architecture degree from Rice University, where he won the Morris R. Pitman Award in Architecture and the Fondren Research Award. Wang received his bachelor of architecture degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, where he was the recipient of the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Education in China.

In addition to his academic experiences, Wang is the co-founder of Commons Office—a creative think tank and a research-minded design practice based in Boston and Shanghai. Prior to founding Commons Office, he practiced architecture internationally at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York; Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen; WW Architecture in Houston; and Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects in Shanghai.