Brenda (Bz) Zhang, Assoc. AIA, NOMA

Brenda (Bz) Zhang, Assoc. AIA, NOMA

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Brenda Zhang (Bz) is a designer, visual artist, organizer, and educator based in Los Angeles, USA. They earned a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Visual Arts from Brown University. They are a founding member of SPACE INDUSTRIES, a spatial design collective based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, an organizer for the Design As Protest Collective and Dark Matter University, and an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. Currently, they work as an architectural designer to Lauren Bon at the Metabolic Studio, as well as a participating artist in Gray Area Foundation’s 2019—2020 Experiential Space Research Lab and the inaugural cohort of Claire's Continuum.


University of Michigan, Lecturer

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Dec 2020 - current

California College of the Arts, Adjunct Professor

Nov 2020 - current

Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

Architectural work for artist Lauren Bon on infrastructural artwork, Bending the River Back Into the City, in Los Angeles, California. The project aims to utilize Los Angeles’ first private water right to deliver 106-acre feet of water annually from the Los Angeles River to over 50 acres of land in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles. The project's model can be replicated to regenerate the 51-mile Los Angeles River, reconnect it to its floodplain, and form a citizens’ utility.

Sep 2019 - current

SPACE INDUSTRIES, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer

SPACE INDUSTRIES is a spatial design collective based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Currently, they are participating artists in Gray Area Foundation’s 2019—2020 Experiential Space Research Lab, and recently, they were published in Ground Up, a journal of landscape architecture and environmental planning.

Jan 2018 - current

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, Artist

Participating artist for the Gray Area Foundation's 2019-2020 Experiential Space Research Lab in San Francisco, California.

Jul 2019 - Mar 2020

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Instructor

College of Environmental Design Summer Institute: [IN]ARCH

Graduate Student Instructor
Introduction to Construction (ARCH160), Professors Dana Buntrock, David Jaehning
Energy and Environment (ARCH140), Professors Gail Brager, Stefano Schiavon
Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management (ESPM50), Professor Kurt Spreyer

Researcher, Arcus Endowment of the College of Environmental Design, Professor Greig Crysler

Aug 2016 - Aug 2019

STUDIO URBIS: Architecture/Urban design, Berkeley, CA, US, Designer

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Loubier Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Designer / Project Manager

Apr 2015 - Dec 2016

Brown University, Providence, RI, US, Exhibition Designer

Jun 2012 - Jun 2013


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

Aug 2016 - May 2019

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MLA Coursework

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Brown University, Providence, RI, US, Bachelors, Visual Arts

Aug 2009 - May 2013


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