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Education

2006-2012 Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University, UK
2003-2005 Master of Education, Brock University, Canada
1994-1995 Master of Arts in Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University
1993-1994 Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University
1992-1994 Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
1988-1992 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
1986-1988
BEd in Mathematics, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China (partially complete)
Completed Courses: Higher Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Mathematical Analysis, Calculus
2002, 9-12
BEd in Adult Education, Brock University, Canada (partially complete)
Completed Course: Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Adult Education

Continuing Education

2019, 7-8
Certificate in Interpreting Vernacular Architecture in Asia, University of Hong Kong | edX
2019, 4-7
Certificate in The Architectural Imagination, Harvard University | edX
2014, 6-7
Certificate in Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language, Peking University, China
2013
Certificate in Research Ethics, Seneca Polytechnic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2008
Certificate in Associate Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK
2000-2001
Dip. in E-Commerce, International Academy of Design & Technology, Toronto
1998-1999
Certificates in AutoCAD Level 1, Level 2, and 3D Modeling and Rendering
Autodesk Training Center, Seneca Polytechnic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2013, 5-6
Autodesk Revit Architecture, Seneca Polytechnic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Audit)
2013, 1-6
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Taiji, Confucius Institute at Seneca Polytechnic, Canada
2019, 5-7
The Science of Happiness, University of California-Berkeley | edX (Audit)
2019, 6-7
Housing and Cities, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | edX (Audit)
2019, 8-12
History of Chinese Architecture, Tsinghua University | edX (Audit)
2019, 9-12
A Global History of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | edX (Audit)
2020, 1-2
From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development, University of Oxford | edX (Audit)
2020, 1-2
Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought, University of Hong Kong | edX (Audit)
2020, 3-4
China Humanities: The Individual in Chinese Culture, Harvard University | edX (Audit)
2020, 3-4
Introduction to Ci Poems in the Tang and Song Dynasty, Tsinghua University | edX (Audit)

Academic Experience

2023-
Neoland-Neolife Cross-Cultural Studies, Ontario, Canada, Director
2019-
Chinese Culture Publishing, Canada, Director
2016-2024
Oxford Brookes University, UK, EVAW (2nd ed.), Contributor
2014, 1-3
McMaster University, Canada, Visiting Scholar | Occasional Co-Instructor
2013-2019
York University, City Institute, Canada, Associate
2013-2014
York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Research Associate
2012-
Neoland School of Chinese Culture, Ontario, Canada, Director
2004, 2-6
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Research Assistant
2006-2013
Seneca Polytechnic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, AutoCAD Instructor
2006, 1-4
Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada, History of Western Art Lecturer
2006, 1-4
Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Interior Design Instructor
2003, 1-9
International Academy of Design & Technology, Toronto, Instructor

Book Publications

1
Zhang, D. (2015/2017). Courtyard housing for health and happiness: architectural multiculturalism in North America. Oxfordshire, UK: Ashgate/Routledge. ISBN: 9781472449115
2
Zhang, D. (2013/2016). Courtyard housing and cultural sustainability: theory, practice, and product. Oxfordshire, UK: Ashgate/Routledge. ISBN: 9781409405030
3
Zhang, D. (2009/2010/2011). Courtyard houses of Beijing: past, present, and future. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag. ISBN: 9783639996302
4
Zhang, D. (2009). Schoolyard gardening as multinaturalism: theory, practice, and product. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag. ISBN: 9783639042023

Journal Articles

1
Zhang, D. (2022). Pingyao Historic City and Qiao Family Courtyard. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 4(1): 47, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v4i1.47
2
Zhang, D. (2021). Shanxi courtyard dwellings and Hakka walled village: a comparative study of Wang Family Courtyard and Sam Tung Uk Walled Village. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 3(2): 1017, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v3i2.1017
3
Zhang, D. (2021). Chinese residents' philosophy and religion in contemporary China and North America. Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, 5(2), 21-32. https://doi.org/10.26689/jcer.v5i2.1657
4
Zhang, D. (2020). Nanchizi new courtyard housing in Beijing: residents' perceptions and experiences of the redevelopment. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 2(2):1021, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v2i2.1021
5
Zhang, D. (2020). Shilinyuan new courtyard-garden housing in Suzhou: residents' experiences of the redevelopment. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 2(1): 530, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v2i1.530
6
Zhang, D. (2019). Jiaanbieyuan new courtyard-garden housing in Suzhou: residents' experiences of the redevelopment. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 1(1): 526, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v1i1.526
7
Zhang, D. (2019). Cultural symbols in Chinese architecture. Architecture and Design Review, 1(1), 17 pages. https://www.ipindexing.com/journal-article-file/23432/Culturalsymbolsinchinesearchitecture
8
Zhang, D. (2018). The political leadership of Mao Zedong. Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, 2(4), 28-33. https://doi.org/10.26689/jcer.v2i4.407
9
Zhang, D. (2018). Philosophical influences on education in China: different schools of thought on self-cultivation. Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, 2(3), 38-50. https://doi.org/10.26689/jcer.v2i3.370
10
Zhang, D. (2018). Cooperative housing and cohousing in Canada: the pursuit of happiness in the common courtyards. Journal of Architectural Research and Development, 2(1), 12-22. https://doi.org/10.26689/jard.v2i1.279
11
Zhang, D. (2018). Classical Chinese gardens: landscapes for self-cultivation. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 2(1), 33-44. https://doi.org/10.25034/ijcua.2018.3654
12
Zhang, D. (2017). Courtyard housing in China: Chinese quest for harmony. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 1(2), 38-56. https://doi.org/10.25034/ijcua.2017.3647
13
Zhang, D. (2016). Courtyard housing in North America: Chinese design for health and happiness. Urban Design International, 21(4), 281-297. https://doi.org/10.1057/udi.2016.6
14
Zhang, D. (2016). Juer Hutong new courtyard housing in Beijing: a review from the residents' perspective. International Journal of Architectural Research, 10(2), 166-191. ISSN: 1938-7806
15
Zhang, D. (2016). Chinese courtyard housing under socialist market economy. China Currents: A Journal of the China Research Center, 15(1), 8 pages.
16
Zhang, D. (2015). Classical courtyard houses of Beijing: architecture as cultural artifact. Journal of Space and Communication, 1(1), 47-68.
17
Zhang, D. (2015). Courtyard houses of Beijing: lessons from the renewal. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 27(1), 69-82. ISSN: 1050-2092. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24720001
18
Zhang, D. (2008). Sustainable schoolyard garden design. Interactions: The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education, 21(2), 20-29. ISSN: 1188-3146
19
Zhang, D. (2008). Sustaining student involvement in schoolyard gardening: a curriculum debate. Interactions: The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education, 20(4), 10-16.
ISSN: 1188-3146
20
Zhang, D. (2006). New courtyard houses of Beijing: direction of future housing development. Urban Design International, 11(3), 133-150. https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.udi.9000173

Book Chapters

1
Zhang, D. (2020). Courtyard Houses around the World: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Contemporary Relevance. In H. A. Nia. (Ed.), New Approaches in Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism (pp. 23-44). Alanya, Antalya: Cinius Yayinlari. eISBN: 9786257170994 DOI: https://doi.org/10.38027/N3ICCAUA316235
2
Zhang, D. (2015). Sustainable Urbanization in China: Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability. In J. Condie and A.M. Cooper (Eds.), Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts (pp. 159-163). Penrith: University of Western Sydney. eISBN: 9781741083606
3
Zhang, D. (2015). Sustainable Urbanization in North America: Courtyard Housing and Architectural Multiculturalism. In J. Condie and A.M. Cooper (Eds.), Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts (pp. 179-183). Penrith: University of Western Sydney. eISBN: 9781741083606

Encyclopedia Entries

1
Zhang, D. (2024). Technology transfer: 3D printing (China). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781472592736
2
Wang, W. and Zhang, D. (2024). Man (Manchuria, Huabei, NE, China). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781472592736
3
Wang, W. and Zhang, D. (2024). Menggu (Nei Menggu Zizhiqu). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781472592736
4
Zhang, D. (2024). Chinese lexicon. In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781472592736

Conference Proceedings

1
Zhang, D. (2023). Qufu City and Confucian Architecture. Conference Paper, The 15th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC, 2022). Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2023-9386g
2
Zhang, D. (2020). Courtyard housing around the world: a cross-cultural analysis and contemporary relevance. Conference Paper, The 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism. Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2020-rb9n2
3
Zhang, D. (2008). Courtyard housing and cultural sustainability: a study of inner-city neighbourhood redevelopment in Beijing. Conference Abstract, The 11th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 20(1), 35-36. ISSN: 1050-2092. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41758581

Theses and Dissertation

1
Zhang, D. (2012-2014). Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: architectural multiculturalism in North America. Postdoctoral thesis advisors: Dr Ronald G. Knapp and
Dr Richard Harris
2
Zhang, D. (2006-2012). Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: a study of housing renewal and redevelopment in Beijing and Suzhou. ISNI: 0000-0004-2740-753X
PhD thesis supervisors: Dr Marcel Vellinga and Dr Aylin Orbasli
3
Zhang, D. (2004-2005). Adult Perceptions of Student Involvement in Schoolyard Gardening.
MEd thesis supervisors: Dr John M. Novak and Dr David Hutchison
4
Zhang, D. (1994-1995). New Courtyard Houses of Beijing: direction of future housing development. MA thesis supervisor: Dr Richard Hayward
5
Zhang, D. (1992). Social and Ideological Influences on Classical Chinese Architecture (1644-1911). BA dissertation in Architectural Studies, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

Teaching

2014, 1-3
Cities in the Developing World, Undergraduate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University. Classes taught:
(1) Chinese Urbanization under Communism (2014/3/18); and
(2) Chinese Land Use and Housing under Socialist Market Economy (2014/3/27)
2006-2013
AutoCAD Level 1, Undergraduate, Seneca Polytechnic
2006, 1-4
History of Western Art, Undergraduate, Sheridan College
2006, 1-4
Interior Design Studio 2 (TA), Undergraduate, Humber College
2006, 1-4
Materials 3, Undergraduate, Humber College
2006, 1-4
Drafting and Detailing 4, Undergraduate, Humber College
2003, 1-9
Interior Colors, Undergraduate, International Academy of Design & Technology, Toronto
2003, 1-9
History of Architecture and Interiors 1, Undergraduate, International Academy of Design & Technology, Toronto
2003, 1-9
AutoCAD Level 2, Undergraduate, International Academy of Design & Technology, Toronto

Course and Curriculum Development

2015
Neoland School of Chinese Culture: Neoland-Neolife Curriculum
2015
Introduction to Chinese Culture: Course Outline
2015
Introduction to Chinese Urban Culture: Course Outline
2015
Introduction to Chinese Material Culture: Course Outline

Key Talks

1
Courtyard Garden for Health and Happiness.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden/Vancouver Chinese Garden, Canada (2018/8/30).
2
Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness.
Innovation Summit on Smart City and Green Development, Innovation Round Table for Smart City, Beijing, China (2017/7/7). Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2020-6jpdq
3
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A discussion on housing renewal and redevelopment in Beijing. Courtyard Institute, Beijing, China (2017/5/20).
4
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A discussion on housing redevelopment in Suzhou. Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China (2017/5/10).
5
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability.
Toronto Canada-China Friendship Association, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada (2015/5/9).
6
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability in China.
University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Asian Institute, Canada (2015/1/16). Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2020-14lbc
7
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A Study of Housing Renewal and Redevelopment in Beijing and Suzhou. School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2007/12/3).
8
Adult Perceptions of Student Involvement in Schoolyard Gardening.
Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada (2005/10/18). Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2020-j952n

Conference Presentations

9
Courtyard Architecture: Along the Silk Roads, around the World. The 14th Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece (2024/7/8).
10
Qufu City and Confucian Architecture. The 15th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC, remote), Tallinn University, Estonia (2022/5/14).
11
Pingyao Historic City and Qiao Family Courtyard. Moderator of Session 5: Resiliency for the Future. The 4th International Conference on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU, Online), Selangor, Malaysia (2021/12/3).
12
Keynote Speaker of Courtyard Housing around the World: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Contemporary Relevance (Best Paper Award). Chair of Session C: Heritage and Cultural Landscapes. The 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA2020, Online), Alanya HEP University, Turkey (2020/5/6).
13
The Curriculum for Chinese Culture: The Neoland-Neolife Curriculum. World Education Day 2018, Theme "Inheritance, Opening, Sharing, Smartness," Session 2-3: Innovation and Cooperation in Silk Road Education, Jinan, China (2018/9/30).
14
Shilinyuan New Courtyard-Garden Housing in Suzhou: Residents' Experiences of the Redevelopment. The 2nd International Conference on Heritage of China 2018, Theme "Continuity and Celebration of Living Heritage of China," Suzhou, China (2018/9/8).
15
Panel Discussant for the 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. Theme 12: Cities and Landscapes "Session 75: Chineseness in Motion: Built Heritage and Cultural Imagination across Borders," Hangzhou, China (2018/9/2).
16
Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness. Smart Cities & Urbanism at Global Congress of Knowledge Economy Annual Conference, Qingdao, China (2017/9/19).
17
Panel Discussant for the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars.
Biennial Conference Panel Theme "Architecture and Politics in Urban China," Chiang Mai, Thailand (2017/7/20).
18
Chinese Courtyard Housing under Socialist Market Economy. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference "Toward a Just and Sustainable World," York University, Canada (2017/5/30).
19
Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Architectural Multiculturalism in North America. Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division Conference "Critical Human and Physical Geographies," York University, Canada (2014/10/25).
20
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability in China.
Asia-Canada: Transnational Collaborative Research Conference, McMaster University, Canada (2014/4/4).
21
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A Study of Inner-City Neighbourhood Redevelopment in Beijing. The 11th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments "Interrogating Tradition," University of Oxford Examination Schools, UK (2008/12/12).
22
Courtyard Housing Outdoor Environments and Cultural Sustainability: A Study of Inner City Neighbourhood Redevelopments in Beijing and Suzhou.
Annual Research Student Conference, Oxford Brookes University, UK (2007/3/21).

Architectural Projects

1

Markham Baycrest Homes, Ontario, 2002.
Architectural Assistant at Suriano Design Consultants Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2
Dundas Parkade Office, Toronto, Ontario, 2002.
Architectural Assistant at Lemishka Brooks Apigian Interior Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
3

Corus Radio, London, Ontario, 2002.
Architectural Assistant at Lemishka Brooks Apigian Interior Design, Toronto, ON, Canada

4
Donalda Club expansion and renovations, Don Mills, Ontario, 2000.
Architectural Assistant at Markson Borooah Hodgson Architects Ltd., Toronto, ON, Canada
5
Toronto Pearson International Airport expansion - airside maintenance facility, 1999.
Architectural Assistant at Sievenpiper Associates Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
6
Chicago Sears on State, 1998-1999.
Architectural Assistant at Daniel P. Coffey and Associates Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, US
7
Chicago Gateway Center, 1998-1999
Architectural Assistant at Daniel P. Coffey and Associates Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, US
8
Chicago Palace Theatre renovation, 1998-1999.
Architectural Assistant at Daniel P. Coffey and Associates Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, US
9
Proposed Highland Creek mixed-use commercial/residential center, Scarborough, ON, 1996. Architectural Assistant at Kirkor Architects and Planners, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
10
Maryland World War II Memorial design competition, US, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
11
Kiev apartment and office building, Ukraine, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
12
Beijing ACFTU Hotel (model-making), China, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
13
Shanghai Oriental Hospital design competition, China, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
14
Place Portobello shopping mall renovations, Brossard, Quebec, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
15
Galleria London food court redevelopment, Ontario, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
16
Al Ain Hospital development, Abu Dhabi, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
17
Ambasador Kuningan mixed-use development, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1995-1996.
Architectural Assistant at Architects Crang and Boake Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
18
Oxford City Council new office building lobby design, 1989-1990.
Architectural Assistant at Oxford City Council, Architects' Division, Oxford, UK
19
Oxford Clarendon Center bin store and signage design, 1989-1990.
Architectural Assistant at Oxford City Council, Architects' Division, Oxford, UK
20
Oxford Town Hall entrance canopy design for accommodating air-conditioners, 1989-1990.
Architectural Assistant at Oxford City Council, Architects' Division, Oxford, UK
21
Oxford Covered Market entrance signage design and drafting, 1989-1990.
Architectural Assistant at Oxford City Council, Architects' Division, Oxford, UK

Review for Journals, Publishers, and Universities

1
Architectural Research Quarterly (2)
2
Cogent Arts & Humanities (1)
3
Cogent Psychology (1)
4
Czasopismo Techniczne (Technical Transactions) - Architecture (1)
5
Habitat International (1)
6
Housing Studies (1)
7
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (1)
8
International Journal of Heritage Studies (1)
9
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (1)
10
Journal of Architecture (1)
11
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (10)
12
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism (2)
13
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (3)
14
Planning Perspectives (1)
15
Routledge book proposal (2)
16
Space and Culture (1)
17
Sustainability (1)
18
Tuttle Publishing new book (2)
19
Urban Design International (10)
20
Utopian Studies (2)
21
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University research proposal (1)

Editorial Memberships

2019-
Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH), Translator
2018-
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism (JCAU), Founding Editor-in-Chief
2018-2022
Architecture and Design Review (ADR), Editorial Board Member
2018-2022
Journal of Architectural Research and Development (JARD), Editorial Board Member
2018-2022
International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications (IJAAA), Editorial Board Member
2017-2020
Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs (JCUA), Editorial Advisory Board Member

Professional Memberships

2018-2022
Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Sweden
2016-
National Housing Research Committee, Canada
2016-2018
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, US
2015-2018
Association for Asian Studies, US
2015-
Toronto Canada-China Friendship Association
2013-
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, US
2008-
Architectural Humanities Research Association, UK
2002-2003
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Canada, Intern Member
1997-1998
Toronto Society of Architects, Canada, Intern Member
1996-1997
Ontario Association of Architects, Canada, Intern Member
1994-1995
Royal Institute of British Architects, UK, Student Member

Awards

2020-5-6
Best Paper Award at the 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (Certificate Number: ICCAUA2020BAW17). Cambridge Open Engage: https://doi.org/10.33774/coe-2020-rb9n2
1990-1995
£12,150 Maintenance Grant in Architecture from the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK, Grant Number: MW/JCW/EGP 745)

Languages

Chinese/Mandarin: native Beijinger, fluent in speaking, reading, and writing
English: fluent in reading, writing, and speaking


doniazhang@neolandschool.com
doniazhang@oxfordbrookes.net