Ziyan Zhang

Daisy (Ziyan) received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Sydney with one exchange semester at UC Berkeley. Before joining MIT, she worked at Neeson Murcutt Architects in Sydney for three years, focusing primarily on design, research and fabrication across various scales, from institutional, educational commission to community and residential projects. With deep interests in making, photography and film, her research at MIT has been exploring the potential of multi-media narrative through and beyond design process.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Graphic Representation, Public Art, Public Participation, Social Equity, Theory of Art, Visualization


2019 - Present
Master of Architecture Candidate , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 - 2015
Exchange Semester Major in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
2014 - 2017
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, The University of Sydney

Academic Experience

2020 - 2020
Researcher, Mark Jarzombek AUL Biennale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2020 - Present
Department Communication Researcher and Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

2019 - 2020
Curator Assistant, Biennale Architettura 2020 , Hashim Sarkis Studios, Cambridge
2016 - 2019
Architect Designer, Neeson Murcutt Architects, Sydney


2019 - 2023
Department of Architecture Graduate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2021 - 2021
CAMIT Art Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 - 2015
International Exchange Outbound Scholarship, The University of Sydney
2015 - 2016
Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, The University of Sydney


2020 -
Play Room by Critical Broadcasting Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 -
The Freswind Community School Project, Vanuatu,
2016 -
Architecture Graduate Exhibition, The University of Sydney
2015 -
New Nature – Sri Lanka Design Exhibition, The University of Sydney
2014 -
Design Week - Sydney Design Festival, The University of Sydney