Dr Donia Zhang

PhD, MA(Urban Design), MEd, PGDip(Arch), PGDip(Urban Design), BA(Hons)


Dr Donia Zhang had a 2-year university education in mathematics in Beijing, China; she then embarked on a 6-year architectural education in the UK. After graduation with a BA honors degree in Architecture (1992), a Graduate Diploma in Architecture (1994), a concurrent Graduate Diploma in Urban Design (1994), and a Master of Arts in Urban Design (1995), all from Oxford Brookes University, she moved to Canada in 1995 and has worked for several architectural, urban design, and interior design companies around Toronto and Chicago. She is a strong believer in lifelong learning and has returned to schools from time to time. In 2005, she obtained her Master of Education degree from Brock University in Canada, majoring Organizational and Administrative Studies in Education, and then taught Art History and AutoCAD, among other subjects, in Toronto.

Donia always puts extra efforts in everything she does; her two Master's theses were published by invitation from VDM Verlag. She enrolled in the PhD in Architecture program at Oxford Brookes University in 2006 and has been awarded a PhD in 2012 based on her thesis entitled Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: A Study of Housing Renewal and Redevelopment in Beijing and Suzhou. The research was to investigate the architectural, environmental, spatial, constructional, social, cultural, and behavioral aspects of the renewed/new courtyard housing in Beijing and Suzhou, to see whether the housing is culturally sustainable, and whether it facilitates residents' traditional cultural expressions. The thesis is in press with Ashgate as a book Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: Theory, Practice, and Product to be released in May 2013. She is currently working on her Postdoctoral thesis entitled Healthy Housing and Happy Homes: Chinese Community in North America.

Contact Donia at doniazhang@gmail.com

Donia Zhang

Donia studied BA hons Architecture, PGDip Architecture with the School of Architecture and PGDip Urban Design, MA Urban Design and PhD with the Department of Planning.