Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao

The protégé

Published in 2013

Chinese architect Yang Zhao was born in Chongqing, China. After studying at Tsinghua University, he established his own practice, Zhaoyang Studio, in 2007. For the first three years, the studio worked closely with Standardarchitecture, a leading new-generation design firm, in Beijing. In 2010, Zhao attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received a Master’s degree in architecture with distinction. Among his several built works, the Niyang River Visitor Center in Tibet, completed in collaboration with Standardarchitecture, has received international acclaim as a project that successfully transforms the natural landscape and creates a sense of place in a unique way. Zhao was awarded the 2010 WA Chinese Architecture Award from Beijing-based World Architecture magazine. Located in Dali, Yunnan Province, his studio is involved in exploring architectural solutions to the emerging urban conditions in rural China. Under the direction of his mentor Kazuyo Sejima, Zhao designed a Home-for-All meeting place to help victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “We have to think about architecture in terms of the basic needs of human life,” he says of the project to design a gathering place for a devastated Japanese village.

For more information on Yang Zhao, visit www.zhaoyangarchitects.com.