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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 College, 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 College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2013, 5-6
Autodesk Revit Architecture, Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Audit)
2013, 1-6
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Taiji, Confucius Institute at Seneca College, 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
2019, 9-12
A Global History of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | edX
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
2020, 3-4
China Humanities: The Individual in Chinese Culture, Harvard University | edX
2020, 3-4
Introduction to Ci Poems in the Tang and Song Dynasty, Tsinghua University | edX

Entrepreneurships

2012-

Neoland School of Chinese Culture Ltd., Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Founded the corporation, wrote the curriculum, and post on social media

1997-2014
Neolife Chinese Medical Clinic Inc., Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Founded the corporation and translated Chinese medical texts into English

Academic Experience

2019-
Chinese Culture Publishing, Canada, Director and Author
2016-2020
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
2004, 2-6
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Research Assistant
2006-2013
Seneca College, 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. (2030). Sparkish spring: a life story. ON: Chinese Culture Publishing.
2
Zhang, D. (2025). The dao of Chinese architecture. ON: Chinese Culture Publishing.
3
Zhang, D. (2020). The curriculum for Chinese culture. ON: Chinese Culture Publishing.
4
Zhang, D. (2015/2017). Courtyard housing for health and happiness: architectural multiculturalism in North America. Oxfordshire, UK: Ashgate/Routledge.
5
Zhang, D. (2013/2016). Courtyard housing and cultural sustainability: theory, practice, and product. Oxfordshire, UK: Ashgate/Routledge.
6
Zhang, D. (2009/2010/2011). Courtyard houses of Beijing: past, present, and future. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.
7
Zhang, D. (2009). Schoolyard gardening as multinaturalism: theory, practice, and product. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

1
Zhang, D. (2020). Technology transfer: 3D printing (China). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury.
2
Wang, W. and Zhang, D. (2020). Man (Manchuria, Huabei, NE, China). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury.
3
Wang, W. and Zhang, D. (2020). Menggu (Nei Menggu Zizhiqu). In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury.
4
Zhang, D. (2020). Chinese lexicon. In M. Vellinga (Eds.), Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world (2nd revised edition). London: Bloomsbury.
5
Zhang, D. (submitted). Chinese residents' philosophy and religion in contemporary China and North America. Journal of Chinese Philosophy
6
Zhang, D. (submitted). Nanchizi new courtyard housing in Beijing: lessons from the redevelopment. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research
7
Zhang, D. (accepted). Shilinyuan new courtyard-garden housing in Suzhou: residents' experiences of the redevelopment. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 1(2), 530.
8
Zhang, D. (2019). Jiaanbieyuan new courtyard-garden housing in Suzhou: residents' experiences of the redevelopment. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 1(1), 526.
9
Zhang, D. (2019). Cultural symbols in Chinese architecture. Architecture and Design Review, 1(1), 17 pages.
10
Zhang, D. (2018). The political leadership of Mao Zedong. Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, 2(4), 28-33.
11
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.
12
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.
13
Zhang, D. (2018). Classical Chinese gardens: landscapes for self-cultivation. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 2(1), 33-44.
14
Zhang, D. (2017). Courtyard housing in China: Chinese quest for harmony. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 1(2), 38-56.
15
Zhang, D. (2016). Courtyard housing in North America: Chinese design for health and happiness. Urban Design International, 21(4), 281-297.
16
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.
17
Zhang, D. (2016). Chinese courtyard housing under socialist market economy. China Currents: A Journal of the China Research Center, 15(1), 8 pages.
18
Zhang, D. (2015). Classical courtyard houses of Beijing: architecture as cultural artifact. Journal of Space and Communication, 1(1), 47-68.
19
Zhang, D. (2015). Courtyard houses of Beijing: lessons from the renewal. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 27(1), 69-82.
20
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.
21
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.
22
Zhang, D. (2008). Courtyard housing and cultural sustainability: a study of inner-city neighbourhood redevelopment in Beijing. Conference Abstract, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 20(1), 35-36.
23
Zhang, D. (2008). Sustainable schoolyard garden design. Interactions: The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education, 21(2), 20-29.
24
Zhang, D. (2008). Sustaining student involvement in schoolyard gardening: a curriculum debate. Interactions: The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education, 20(4), 10-16.
25
Zhang, D. (2006). New courtyard houses of Beijing: direction of future housing development. Urban Design International, 11(3), 133-150.

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.
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 College
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

Invited Talks

1
Shanxi Courtyard Dwellings and Hakka Tulou
Panelist on "Space and Culture: Hakka Dwellings," Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto, Canada (2020/7/6).
2
Courtyard Garden for Health and Happiness
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden/Vancouver Chinese Garden, Canada (2018/8/30).
3
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).
4
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A discussion on housing renewal and redevelopment in Beijing
Courtyard Institute, Beijing, China (2017/5/20).
5
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A discussion on housing redevelopment in Suzhou
Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China (2017/5/10).
6
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability
Toronto Canada-China Friendship Association, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada (2015/5/9).
7
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability in China
Constructing Asian Infrastructures: Politics, Poetics, Plans 2014-2015 Lecture Series, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada (2015/1/16).
8
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).

Conference Presentations

1
The Dao of Chinese Architecture. The 15th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC), Tallinn University, Estonia (2020/5/8).
2
Courtyard Housing around the World: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Contemporary Relevance. Keynote Speaker, 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA), Alanya HEP University, Turkey (2020/5/6).
3
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).
4
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).
5
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).
6
Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness. Smart Cities & Urbanism at Global Congress of Knowledge Economy Annual Conference, Qingdao, China (2017/9/19).
7
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).
8
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).
9
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).
10
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability in China
Asia-Canada: Transnational Collaborative Research Conference, McMaster University, Canada (2014/4/4).
11
Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A Study of Inner-City Neighbourhood Redevelopment in Beijing. 11th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments "Interrogating Tradition," University of Oxford Examination Schools, UK (2008/12/12).
12
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

2002

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

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

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

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

Referee for Journals, Publishers, and Universities

2019
Space and Culture
2019
Technical Transactions - Architecture
2018
Sustainability
2017
Routledge
2016
Architectural Research Quarterly
2015
Habitat International
2014
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
2013
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
2012-2013
Tuttle Publishing
2006-2018
Urban Design International

Editorial Memberships

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

Professional Memberships

2018-
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

1990-1995
Received a total of £12,150 Maintenance Grant in Architecture from the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK)

Languages

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


doniazhang@neolandschool.com
doniazhang@oxfordbrookes.net