Liwen Zhang

Liwen Zhang

New York, NY, US



Liwen is currently a senior architect at OMA. Previously, she was at Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston, where she was the design lead for several of the firm’s complex large scale urban projects. Her interests involve exploring how institutions play a role in defining viable civic and cultural spaces in the city.

Liwen received her Master’s in Architecture with advanced placement from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture with a minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She has lived, worked and studied in New York City, Boston, Paris, North Africa, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Shanghai. She is a registered architect in the state of Massachusetts and a LEED accredited professional.

With a background in architecture, urban design and applied arts, coupled with a strong interest in landscape architecture, Liwen is committed to collaborations across disciplines and scales. She believes that strategies for problem solving and design thinking ultimately occur at the intersection of interdisciplinary thinking.

Liwen believes that successful, innovative and socially responsible architecture is a result of ongoing discourse and negotiation between theory and practice. Along with practicing architecture, she also holds an adjunct faculty position at the Boston Architectural College where she teaches a professional practice course. In addition to the BAC, she has also taught and been a guest critic at the GSD, MIT and UC Berkeley.



OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture), New York, NY, US, Senior Architect

Mar 2017 - current

Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA, US, Architectural Designer

Lead Designer/Project Architect – Citizens Bank Campus, Johnston RI – 420,000 SF (Competition, SD, DD, CD, CA)
Lead Designer/Project Architect – MIT Kendall Sq. Housing tower, Cambridge MA – 250,000 SF (Competition, SD, DD)
Designer/Project Architect – Back Bay Air Rights mixed-use towers Parcels 12 & 15, Boston MA – 350,000 SF (SD)
Designer – Seaport Sq. Blocks B+C, Boston MA – 315,000 SF (CA)

Mar 2014 - Feb 2017

Maryann Thompson Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Design Associate

Designer – Novartis day care center, East Hanover NJ – 25,000 SF (DD)
Designer/Project Manager – Cambridge Centre for Adult Education, Cambridge MA – 5,000 SF (CD, CA)
Designer/Project Manager – Various private residences in MA, NH – 1,500 – 3,000 SF approx. (SD, DD, CD)

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Research Associate - Digital Cities and Societies Research Initiative

Digital Cities and Societies Research Initiative (DCS) has a mission to provide a research platform to envision, investigate and develop solutions for tomorrow’s societies by uniting innovation in technology and design in a strategic context. We are interested in the convergence of several design/ technology-related fields to analyze and address challenges in the near to distant future, from micro to macro-scale.

Situated within the Harvard community, DCS’s research builds on bringing together minds of academia, industry and policy to explore, envision and co-create future solutions in harmony with economic, environmental and societal goals.

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Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Teaching Assistant - Department of The History of Art and Architecture

Teaching Assistant for Harvard University's first undergraduate studio

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Research Assistant - Department of Urban Planning and Design

Member of the GSD's Urban India Lab

Work involved putting together publications and exhibitions on urbanism in India.
Responsibilities included brain storming sessions on the content of upcoming seminars, grant writing and the contents of upcoming publications/exhibitions.

May 2012 - May 2013

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, GSD Career Discovery Instructor

Teaching an introduction to design representation at Harvard GSD for four sections of architecture students over a course of six weeks.

Work involved conducting lectures, seminars and workshops on the various forms and techniques of representation in architecture.

May 2012 - Jul 2012

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Teaching Assistant - Department of Architecture

Teaching Assistant for 2nd Year Masters of Architecture Core Studio

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

SHANGHAI MADA S.P.A.M. ARCHITECTURE OFFICE, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

May 2011 - Jul 2011

Kilo Architectures, Paris, France, Designer

- CasArts, Casablanca Morocco, in collaboration with OMA, Rotterdam (finalist)
- Montabo, a hotel in French Guiana (winner)

- W hotel and resort, Marrakesh, Morocco
- Restoration projects, Fez Medina, Morocco
- Resort housing in Taghazout, Morocco
- Various private residences

Led design for a private residence in Rabat and a social housing project in Casablanca, Morocco

Sep 2007 - Jun 2010


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture I with Advanced Placement

Sep 2010 - May 2013

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Graduated with a Minor in City and Regional Planning
Study Abroad with Denmark International Studies, Copenhagen
Activities and Societies: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Sep 2003 - May 2007


Araldo A. Cosutta Prize for Design Excellence, Nomination

Faculty nominated finalist, Harvard Graduate School of Design.


UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Alumni Association Professional Promise Award, Award

Given in recognition of accomplishments, skills and talent demonstrating great potential for future contributions to the environmental design profession.
Awarded upon graduation to three undergraduates out of a year of one hundred seventy


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