Catty Dan Zhang is a tenure-track assistant professor of architecture in innovative design practices at UNC Charlotte. She teaches design studios and courses that propel intellectual thinking while introducing comprehensive toolkits and emerging technologies. Her work spans across buildings, installations, artifacts, wearable instruments, projections, and robotics. And her research engages cinematics in design with evolving digital media, mechatronic vision, fabrication processes and responsive environments, driven by the interests in human-centered perception and atmospheric dynamics.
Catty collaborates with Axi:Ome— an interdisciplinary architectural practice based in St. Louis and Jecheon. As a design principal, she leads a broad range of speculative as well as client-based projects internationally. Recent projects include Silverlake International High School, Prism Tower, UMSL in Grand Center, Media Plaza, ArtWalk, and COCA Expansion. Her scholarly as well as professional work has been published in various media such as 3 Stages of Architectural Education, World Architecture Magazine, Panel Layout for Competition by Damdi Publishing, Axi:Ome monograph, and has been exhibited at a number of galleries and institutions including Harvard GSD (Hybrid Formations, 2017), Sheldon Art Galleries (Walking Grand Center Redux: 4 Streetscape Designs, 2015), CEL Gallery (Context / Contrast: UMSL in Grand Center, 2013), Storrs Gallery at UNCC (Between Research and Practice, 2013), Laumeier Sculpture Park (Folded Bridge, 2011), and CENTRO Modern Furnishings (xl-TIM, 2010).
Catty has previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tsinghua University, a Master of Architecture with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received Best Degree Project Award for her project Elegy, and a Master in Design Studies degree in Technology from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she received the Second Annual MDes Final Project Research & Development Award for her thesis, FANS: Constructed Invisibles, and was the 2017 recipient of the Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability.