Xiaoyun Zhang

Xiaoyun Zhang is a SMArchS student in Computation at the Department of Architecture. She is from Beijing, China. She holds a BArch and a MADU from the University of Notre Dame, and has studied Classical Architecture design for seven years. Meanwhile, she has conducted researches in Traditional East Asian Architecture and its design philosophies compared to the Greco-Roman tradition. She has been designing to integrate architectural composition and construction traditions with contemporary social and environmental needs in living.

Xiaoyun has been working with DHARMA team at the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, where digital documentation, preservation and visualization of World Heritage Site has been the primary focuses. The team has worked on the Roman Forum, the Cortile del Belvedere in Vatican, the Taj Mahal, and many gardens along the Yamuna River in Agra, India. Xiaoyun’s hand-drawn plates on the reconstruction of building stages of the Cortile del Belvedere were exhibited in Bibliotheca Herziana as a part of DHARMA’s exhibition for Reviving the Lost Art of Drawing in the Digital Age conference in Rome.

She is interested in studying compositional system and procedure of both Greco-Roman and East Asian Architecture traditions by incorporating computational thinking and human-computer interaction. Carrying on the hand-drawn tradition in architectural design of the Renaissance and École des Beaux-Arts, she is now exploring an alternative interface for architects to perceive, express, and coordinate 3D shapes in spaces. She works with Prof. Nagakura on interactive visualization projects of world heritage site, such as a VR application for the original design of Hōryū-ji in Nara, Japan.

Areas of Interest
Artificial Intelligence, Baroque Architecture, CAD/CAM, Computation, Education, Globalization, Graphic Representation, History of Gardens, Machine Learning, Medieval Architecture, Modern Architecture, Orientalism, Prototyping, Shape Grammars, Structures, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Art, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization


2012 - 2017
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
2017 - 2019
Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism, University of Notre Dame

Professional Experience

2018 - 2018
Internship, Duncan Stroik Architects
2016 - 2016
Internship, Baldual Catton Von Eckartsberg Architects


2019 - 2019
Leon Battista Alberti Award, University of Notre Dame
2019 - 2019
Ferguson & Shamamian Graduate Prize, University of Notre Dame
2017 - 2017
Noel Blank Design Award, University of Notre Dame
2017 - 2017
Liang Ssu-Ch’eng Award, University of Notre Dame
2017 - 2017
Henry Adams Certificate, American Institute of Architecture Student
2017 - 2019
Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society, University of Notre Dame
2014 - 2019
Dean's List, University of Notre Dame


2018 - 2018
Reviving the Lost Art of Drawing in the Digital Age, Bibliotheca Herziana, Max-Planck-Institut Fur Kunstegeschichte, Rome, Italy