Christina Chi Zhang

Yale School of Architecture   2019 - present

Candidate: Master of Architecture I

Yale University   2013 - 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

 - Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts (article)

 - Distinction in major

Christina is currently traveling as a recipient of the 2021 George Nelson Travel Scholarship. She won the scholarship with her independent project "Past, Memory and Everyday Life in Post-Atrocity Public Spaces", focusing on post-genocide restoration in Rwanda and Bosnia. Christina believes in designing for people, and she is committed to exploring ways in which architects and planners can engage with difficult socio-political issues directly and bravely.

Christina is also the co-founder and director of the nonprofit organization Ideation World. Since 2017, the organization has started a learning center in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, hosted an international architecture-public policy design competition, and held a symposium in New York City. Her goal is to be a compassionate architect who cares about and designs for people.

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Professional Experience

Copenhagen, Denmark

2022

Junior Architect, EFFEKT Arkitekter

Working as junior architect at EFFKET, Copenhagen.

Yale School of Architecture

2021 Spring

2020 Fall

Graduate Teaching Fellow, First-Year Architectural Design Studio 

Worked as teaching fellow for Core II studio course (by professor Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen).
• Offered desk-crits to student work twice a week
• Led workshops and tutorials on digital and physical modeling, rendering and drawing techniques

Worked as teaching fellow for Core I studio course (by critic Nikole Bouchard).
• Alongside the critic, offered critiques to student work twice a week;

• Marked up student drawings and provided technical support on visual representations weekly.
• Led workshops and tutorials on digital and physical modeling, rendering and drawing techniques.

New York City, USA

2017 - 2019

Designer and Project Manager, Studio MM Architect

Designed and managed 7 residential projects from schematic design through construction administration.

• Worked with the principal architect (Marica Mckeel) on design schemes and presentations at client meetings. 

• Developed 7 full construction drawing sets, including specifications, plans, elevations, sections, interior elevations, structural and construction details, mechanical and plumbing diagrams.

• Coordinated with structural engineers, contractors and sub-contractors during construction administration.

Kakuma, Kenya

New York City, USA

2017 - 2018

Co-Founder and Director, IDeA - International Development in Action

Co-founded the 501(c)3 non-profit organization for community empowerment.

• Initiated and directed the contruction of a refugee-run learning center for livelihoods and solidarity in Kakuma Refugee Camp. 

• in collaboration with refugee leaders, designed the school’s curriculums, partnerships and training programs for the school’s long term development. The curriculums are now run and taught by refugees, offering literacy, math, business, livelihood and reproductive health education to young refugees at Kakuma.

International

2016 - 2017

Co-Director, Place and Displacement: Architecture + Public Policy Design Competition

Initiated, curated and co-directed an interdisciplinary competition. The competition asked participants to design a marketplace and business plan to promote refugee livelihoods, encouraging reflections on refugees’ autonomy, creativity and resilience in constrained conditions.

• Designed and wrote the competition brief to inspire bottom-up research in refugee camps and interdisciplinary collaboration between architects and policy makers. 

• Formed a 31-people jury consisting of architects, UN ambassadors, university professors and policy makers. Received 342 proposals from 34 countries. 

• Organized a public symposium New York University: Reform Refugee Responses.

Shanghai, China

2015

Intern Designer, Atelier Deshaus Architecture Studio (大舍建筑设计事务所)

Researched, proposed design options and generated drawings for three projects.

• Participated in the schemetic designand representation of Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum. 

• Assisted with an innovative home renovation project for the “Dream Home Makeover” TV Show season 2.

Awards and Fellowships

International

2022

First Prize, Student Award, Competition: Home for the Blind

Won the first prize and student award in BEE BREEDERS architecture competition with project: “The Guiding Wall”. Team: Christina Zhang, Claire Hicks, Joshua Tan

Kigali, Rwanda

Sarajevo, Bosnia

2021 - 2022

Scholarship, George Nelson Travel Scholarship in Architecture 

Awarded to conduct a six-month independent project: “Past, Memory and Everyday Life in Post-Atrocity Public Spaces”. Project will be completed in 2022.

International

2020

Prize, Competition: Architecture of the Abandoned

Won the sixth place and selected as Honoral Mentions in THE BIG THING architecture design competition with project: “Miners, To The Sky”. Team: Christina Zhang & Joshua Tan

Yale University

2017

Prize, Louis Sudler Prize in Arts

Graduation award at the commencement.

Louis Sudler Prize is awarded annually to two graduating seniors who, in the opinion of the faculty, have demonstrated excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in arts at Yale.

Kakuma, Kenya

2016 - 2017

Award, Race, Indigeneity & Transnational Migration Research Travel Award (RITM)

Fellowship, Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

Conducted architecture, urban studies and anthropology research in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Completed an independent project: “Finding Kakuma: The Life of A Refugee Camp”, a 97-page essay to deconstruct the

impression of a refugee camp through a collection of narratives.

Barcelona, Spain

Cologne, Germany

2016

Fellowship, Harvey Geiger Travel Fellowship in Architecture

Conducted architecture research in Barcelona and Cologn.

On the relationship between architecture, history and memories through the work of Antoni Gaudí and Peter Zumthor.

Languages and Skills

Languages

English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese, Swahili

Native Mandarin speaker

Design Skills

Digital Representation

AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, VRay, Enscape

Physical Representation

Woodwork, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling, Vacuum Forming, 3D Printing

Virtual Reality (VR)

Unreal Engine, Unity, The Hub

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