Zhenggu Zhou

Zhenggu Zhou

New York, NY, US

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I received the Master of Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University, GSAPP in May this year and received my Bachelor of Architecture degree in South China University of Technology in 2017. In addition to my education, I had a 3-month internship in Guangdong Jianke Architectural Design Institute where I mainly worked on housing and education projects. My work included doing research, recommending design solutions and drawing plans, elevations, sections, details and rendered drawings. I collaborated with architects to design a sustainable library in which I learned sustainability techniques when I prepared diagrams and rendered drawings for the project.

I am always curious on other fields besides architecture and try to apply new technologies in my architecture design. During my undergraduate degree, I collaborated with urban planning students to design houses for fishermen in Philippines and got a special award in Design Resilience in Asia, an international competition held by National University of Singapore. On another project, my collaborating with engineering students on water management in Netherlands when I participated in summer program in Delft University of Technology is an opportunity for me to learn different aspects of sustainable design. I learned how to combine new technologies with architecture during my collabration with people from different backgrounds and different countries.

I also have the experience of communicating with clients and vendors. My teammates and I designed and built a wooden structure to hold small exhibitions during my intern in my undergraduate school. I researched various building materials and discussed with people in school and vendors in markets to choose the right materials for the project’s budget. The wooden structure was a success and it is still in use now. My experience in the whole process of construction has provided me with an excellent background in the practical aspects of architecture.


Ceren Bingol Studio, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Sep 2018 - current

Guangdong Jian Ke Architectural Design Institute, Guangzhou, CN, Architecture Intern

I researched and drew historic residential houses in Guangzhou, China. The drawings include plans, elevations, sections and details.
I also collaborated with architects to design a proposal of a commercial apartment and a library in Guangzhou. The work includes preparing diagrams, rendered plans and a master plan.

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

South China University of Technology, New York, Architecture Intern

I collaborated with others to design a wooden structure for the school to hold small exhibitions. Tthis includes designing, drawing plans ,details and building the structure.
I also communicated with vendors on materials for the construction.

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Master of Advanced Architecture Design

I participated in 3 different studios in GSAPP, Columbia University. In summer studio of Hilary Sample, I designed a mixed used project in Harlem, New York. I also learned a lot from rethinking water system and architecture in fall studio of Andres Jaque. In my spring studio of Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia, I got more understanding of architecture language by designing a music center.


May 2017 - May 2018

South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, CN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Jul 2012 - Jun 2017


Designing Resilience In Asia 2016, Award

The Designing Resilience in Asia (DRIA) is an International Research Programme on urban and architecture resilience launched in 2014. The DRIA is a flagship initiative of the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore that aims to promote and foster a substantive research and discussion about innovative ideas and propositions towards the resiliency of Asian cities responding to the environmental effects caused by climate change.


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