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Donia Zhang

  • PhD
  • Director
  • Neoland School of Chinese Culture | Chinese Culture Publishing


    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 Chinese Culture Publishing, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism (JCAU), and a translator for the Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH). 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. She has authored four scholarly books with one forthcoming: 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), and Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs (JCUA). 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.


    Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism

    Founding Editor-in-Chief

    2018 - Present

    Architecture and Design Review

    Editorial Board Member

    2018 - Present

    Professional experience


    Neoland School of Chinese Culture | Chinese Culture Publishing

    September 2012 - Present


    Doctor of Philosophy (Architectural Humanities)

    Oxford Brookes University

    September 2006 - April 2012(6 years)

    Master of Education

    Brock University

    September 2003 - October 2005(2 years)

    Master of Arts in Urban Design

    Oxford Brookes University

    September 1994 - May 1995(8 months)

    Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

    Oxford Brookes University

    September 1988 - June 1992(4 years)