Ziyuan Zhu


Ziyuan Zhu is a designer and developer focusing on harnessing inter-scale tools, from architecture design to computation to confront real-world issues. She used to work in Uber(UX design), Blocher Partner(architecture) and, where she had the chance to collaborate with people from different disciplines to develop the distinctive design and technical methods. She enjoys merging design into the built environment and human experience to evoke the possibilities of social and commercial impacts. Recently, her work, the Internet of Breaths,  has been selected into Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture(Shenzhen). This project is designed to infuse artificial intelligence into everyday objects by leveraging the power of data in a novel way and to delineate an unambiguous picture of the critical socio-environment issue. Ziyuan Zhu graduated from Dalian University of Technology with a degree in urban planning. During her bachelor's, she finished the exchange at the University of Stuttgart, where her work has been selected into the Muellheim Exhibition. She also received the Sakura Technology Full Scholarship provided by the Japan Science and Technology Agency to be a visiting student in the department of informative computer science at Yokohama National University(YNU) and a Full scholarship offered by the Israel Institute of Technology to be an exchange student. Recently, she was selected as one of three China Prize receivers from the SOM Foundation and conducted her research in Urban Residual space, in which she harnesses interactive media to visualise the urban space and provide urban renewal solutions. She is a Master of Architecture Study student at MIT, where she is now exploring the use of computer-aided determination in the environmental design process.