Dr Donia Zhang is a Chinese-Canadian Author and Scholar of Architectural Humanities based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She is the Director of the Neoland School of Chinese Culture, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism. Donia has over 20 years of research experience in interdisciplinary studies of architectural humanities and social sciences, particularly the interrelations of housing, health, happiness, and cultural sustainability.
Donia has authored four scholarly books with one under contract: Courtyard Houses of Beijing: Past, Present, and Future (2009/2010/2011), Schoolyard Gardening as Multinaturalism: Theory, Practice, and Product (2009), Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: Theory, Practice, and Product (2013/2016), Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Architectural Multiculturalism in North America (2015/2017), and The Curriculum for Chinese Culture (2020).
Moreover, she contributed two chapters to the eBook, Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts (2015), and over a dozen articles in academic journals. She is also a contributor of three entries and translated the Chinese lexicon for the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (2020, 2nd ed), hosted at Oxford Brookes University.
Donia has seven years of work experience in the architectural industry in Toronto and Chicago, and eleven years of teaching experience in higher education in Ontario, Canada. The subjects she has taught include: History of Art and Architecture, Interior Design, and AutoCAD, among others.
She is a former associate at the City Institute at York University, Canada. In 2014, she was a visiting scholar/occasional co-instructor at McMaster University, working with Professor Richard Harris in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, during which time she completed a postdoctoral research project under the supervisions of SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dr Ronald G. Knapp, and Professor/Dr Richard Harris. She then taught Chinese Urbanization under Socialist Market Economy to his undergraduate students at McMaster University.
She is an editorial (advisory) board member of the International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications (IJAAA), Journal of Architectural Research and Development (JARD), Architecture and Design Review (ADR), Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs (JCUA), and Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP).
Donia is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada. She has also obtained a Verified Certificate of Achievement in The Architectural Imagination from Harvard University | edX, and a Verified Certificate of Achievement in Interpreting Vernacular Architecture in Asia from the University of Hong Kong | edX.
Keywords: architectural culture, architectural philosophy, courtyard housing, Chinese garden, education
"Courtyard Housing around the World: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Contemporary Relevance" at the 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism, Alanya HEP University, Turkey, 2020/5/6.
Housing and Cultural Sustainability in China" at Munk
School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto,
"Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Architectural Multiculturalism in North America" 2018/1/2 | By Ulduz Maschaykh
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