Salone del Mobile Milano Shanghai

Di Zhang

Architect, Founder of WAA


Di Zhang, graduated with a postgraduate diploma in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) in 2007 after taking a BA in Architecture from the University of Sheffield in 2004. She is a registered architect as well as a Chartered Architect of the Royal Institute British Architect (RIBA). Her previous work experience includes Foster+Partners (London) and RHWL Architects (London). In 2010, she founded WAA (we architect anonymous) in Beijing, as its principal partner. Di Zhang was shortlisted for the AR Women in Architecture Awards 2016 – Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture.

WAA tells stories, narratives, which originate from our experiences within the world; the spatial implications of these narratives help us infuse a sense of humanity and place into our work. Our ambition is to reawaken these lost languages of humanity - the fundamental core values of identity relating to emotion, the natural world, geographical and cultural references, all provide us with an abundance of enlightenment to help reshape the norms of our complex world into an alternative, site-specific approach to engaging, looser architecture