What grounds me is my observation of life. In this life, I love, craft, and tell stories. I want to understand people, beings, our planet; connect deeper, build kinship. 

In this world that’s overly saturated with images, stuff, noise, opinions, what do I care about? What do I want to add and why does it matter? I am still thinking.

Daisy Ziyan Zhang


2019 - 2023, Master of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
based at MIT School of Architecture and Planning, ventured into MIT Comparative Media Studies, MIT Open Documentary Lab, and Harvard University Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies 

2014 - 2017, Bachelor of Design in Architecture, The University of Sydney, Australia

2015, Exchange, University of California, Berkeley, USA


2021 - present, Architecture Storyteller, Everywhere
through transmedia filmmaking, questioning the established norms of building, unearthing the often ignored and unseen, and exploring new possibilities of imaginaries

Fall 2022, Teaching Assistant, 4.021: How to Design (Almost) Anything taught by Skylar Tibbits, MIT
assisting instructor with course development and regular reviews of students’ feedback, assisting students with concept designs, prototypes, fabrication, narrative and documentation

Summer 2022, Artist Residency, El Recinto, Mexico City
funded by a grant of MIT Mexico, conducting research on the aging of architecture through the lens of technology, ethnography, and filmmaking 

2020 - 2023, Department Photographer and Communication Assistant, MIT
for the duration of 3 years, contributing all photography and videography for Department of Architecture of student life, reviews, events, and ceremony etc. for visual contents in news, prints, publication and social media

2021-2022, Columnist, Out of Frame, MIT
contributor to the community platform of MIT Architecture with a multimedia essay series centering the observation and archival of the enchanted everyday

2020, Researcher, Many Houses/Many Worlds for Venice Biennale 2020, MIT
a research that unearths the life cycle of architecture materials through their entanglements with environment, labour, culture, and society, conducted with Mark Jarzombek Vikramaditya Prakash

2019-2020, Venice Architecture Biennale Curatorial Assistant, Hashim Sarkis Studios, Cambridge
researching for the conceptual development of exhibition, designing curator’s interventions with drawing, modelling, visulisation, and physical prototypes

2016-2019, Architecture Designer, Neeson Murcutt Architects, Sydney
working on a variety of projects across different scales in conceptual development, design iteration, visualisation, modelling, fabrication and prototypes; also in charge of the office’s photography, graphic design, and publication. Full involvement in the design development of projects including:

•• Public, Institutional and Community Projects
Rosebery Primary School, Rosebery, Sydney, 2019
Broken Hill Town Library, Broken Hill, NSW, 2019
Australian Museum Extension, Sydney, 2018
Vine Church Community, Surry Hills, Sydney, 2018
Pittwater House School Masterplan, Northern Beaches, Sydney, 2018 Spring Bay Mill Adaptive Eco-Tourism, Triabunna, Tasmania, 2017

•• Residential Projects
The Vale Development, Launceston,Tasmania, 2019
Dulwich Hill Apartments, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, 2018
Lower Fort Street Apartments Renovation (Heritage Listed), Sydney, 2018 Paddington House, Paddington, Sydney, 2017

•• Competition
Parramatta Aquatic Centre Competition (finalist), Parramatta, Sydney, 2018
Visitor Centre of Cascades Female Factory (finalist), Hobart, Tasmania, 2017
Barker College Sports Hall + Learning Precinct (winner, built project), Hornsby, Sydney, 2017

•• Publication
AIA NSW Award Entry - Residential Architecture, 2018
Venice Biennale Australian Architecture, 2018
“The Material City” - Prince Alfred Park Pool Upgrade, 2017 

2017-2019,  Co-founder, The Freswind Community School Project Initiative, Sydneydesigning, exhibiting and fundraising for an ongoing collaboration with the Freswind community of Ohlen, Vanuatu to collectively build a new school in Port Vila, an area severely affected by tropical cyclone Pam in 2015 


2022, Cambridge Science Festival, MIT Museum, Cambridge
project “Frozen Forces” that explores the concept of intelligent skin at the intersection of fashion and technology, exhibited at MIT Museum as part of 2022 Science Fashion Festival

2022, permanent collection, MIT Museum, Cambridge
project “Spines” that pushes the boundary of digital fabrication and traditional hand crafting in the discipline of geometry, acquired as part of MIT Museum’s permanent collection 

2021, “Desktop”, Keller Gallery, MITan ehxibition that celebrates the learning history during the year of COVID; 2 projects exhibited - “Miscarrage” that foregrounds a catastrophic mistake during the learning process of mastering flip milling CNC for crafting a piece of digitally optimised furniture; “Melt, Remelt” that explores the potential of domestic fabrication within all the constraints of remote learning due to COVID

2020, “Play Room”, Keller Gallery, MITan exhibition that showcases designed board games that examine a series of contemporary topics in architecture; our project shown is “Portfolio Agency” that investigates the booming of preperation agencies for architecture school application (collaborated with Cloe Yun Wang) 

2018, “Ohlen Freswind: patterns for a community school”, Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney
exhibition that presents the development of an ongoing collaboration and community engagement of disaster resistant housing; as a co-founder of this initiative I was involved through all stages of design and fabrication to bring this exhibition to life 

2016,  Architecture Graduate Exhibition, The University of Sydneygraduation design studio project selected for annual architecture exhibition

2015,  New Nature - Sri Lanka Design Exhibition, Sydneydesign proposal selected for an exhibition that reestablishes the relationship with nature in the unique urban setting of Colombo  

2014, Sydney Design Festival, Sydneyan art project selected, one that explores the potential of a body instrument which is transformable between 2D and 3D, realised through a mechanism built with traditional bamboo weaving technique


2023,  “Wrinkles”, “No Leftovers No Left Behind” “Days and Nights” shortlisted, Vienna Architektur. Film. Sommer, Austria

2023, “No Leftovers No Left Behind” and “Caretakers” shortlisted, Copenhagen Architecture Festival, Denmark

2023, “Days and Nights” Winner; “No Leftovers No Left Behind” Honourable Mention, ArchiShorts | Architecture+Design Film Festival Winnipeg, Canada

2023, “Wrinkles” shortlisted for Transmedial Media Architecture, “Melt | Remelt” shortlisted for Future Trends and Prototypes, Media Architecture Biennale, Canada

2023, “Days and Nights” Winner, MIT in 3:00 Film Competition, MIT

2023, Art Research Grant for “the Enchanted Everyday”, Council for the Arts, MIT

2023, Independent Research Grant for “Wrinkles”, MIT Global Learning Brazil, MIT

2022, Official Selection in category of Fine Art, International Photography Awards

2022, Independent Research Grant for “Caretakers”, MIT Global Learning Mexico, MIT

2021, Art Research Grant for “Melt | Remelt”, Council for the Arts, MIT

2019-2023, Department of Architecture Graduate Scholarship, MIT

2015, International Exchange Outbound Scholarship, The University of Sydney

2014 - 2015, Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, The University of Sydney

MIT in 3:00 Film Competition, MIT

2023, Art Research Grant, Council for the Arts, MIT

2023, Independent Research Grant, MIT Brazil, MIT  2022, Official Selection in category of Fine Art, International Photography Awards


Independent Research Grant, MIT Mexico, MIT 2021, Art Research Grant, Council for the Arts, MIT 2019-2023, Department of Architecture Graduate Fellowship, MIT 2015, International Exchange Outbound Scholarship, The University of Sydney 2014-2015, Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, The University of Sydney

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