Wanting Zhou

Wanting Zhou

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Wanting Zhou is a Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism candidate (21’) at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA and hold an Bachelar degree of Landscape Architecture with planning at University of Sheffield (15’) in UK. With over 4 years of global professoinal work expeience, my highest motivation is to have an inclusive, and equitable impact in our urban realm development through community driven, climate-responsive, and collaborative designs that emply research and engagement strategies to advocate the new futures, building social and environmental resiliency. My aesthetic sense and design sensitivity were cultivated under this influence of my life and study experience in different countries.In my point of view, Landscape Designer is not a “career”. It’s a life choice. It’s my choice and always be.


Atkins, Shanghai, CN, Project Landscape Deisgner

Participating in various projects from large scale urban masterplan to small scale. Most of them are international competitions, bid projects and cooperate with urban planning, architecture and enviornment engineering
Responsible for the idea sketching, concept design in masterplan stage and detail design development in focus site.
Also, I worked as PM in some of the project, working with teams to produce bid document, communicate with clients
and attending conference with multi-professional companies.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2019

S.P.I. Studio, Shanghai, CN, PM

Participating in commercial and residential projects which cooperate with real estate cloents.
As the PM to manage the whole spectrum of the design process from idea sketching to construction phase.
Communicate with clients and participate each meeting with different teams.

Jul 2016 - Apr 2017

AECOM, Shanghai, CN, Assistant Landscape Architect

Assistant Designer to develop the design and other detailed design stuff.
Participate in several ecological parks, helping designer drawing masterplan and other works by using PS, Indesign and Illustrator.

Aug 2015 - Mar 2016


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism

During my academic studies in USC, I was awarded academic excellence scholarship and selected to the school exhibition and wined the 2021 USC Guild Charrette Competition. My research work ranges from global scale to small scales, like protecting world environment resources and sets strategies to curtail global
warming, to augment habitats for endangered species, strategies of green technology and sustainable development, and cultural diversity under the urban system, exploring the value and possibilities of public and private spaces.

Aug 2019 - current

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, GB, Bachelors, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture + Planning

During my undergraduate study in University of Sheffield for four years, I was awarded academic scholarship and got A every year. My initial creativity and passion for design was excavated by landscape professor Nigel and James, who is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to landscape design.  My design project topics range from urban theory, planning and practice and sustainable system to small scales projects related to the complex relationship between people and environment and also some topics related to the mental health issue with Autism and emotional landscape. I explored lot of interesting design ideas and approach based on arts through hand-drawing and model -making, and all the experience i got there lead me to a better understanding of how to create spaces between spaces and buildings that are both inspirational and functional.

Aug 2011 - Jul 2015


2021 USC Charatte Competetion, Award

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, the USC Architectural Guild presented awards to three student teams for their work in the 10th annual and first virtual Design Charrette. Chaired by Guild Board Member Annmarie Plenge, principal at Gensler, this year’s weeklong challenge asked fourth-year, fifth-year, and graduate students from the USC School of Architecture to reimagine a new future for downtown Los Angeles that re-engages the public realm. Teams prepared a design proposal for a two-block area of DTLA that reimagined the relationship between the street and buildings to support a vibrant and act.unity for a post-pandemic world.The Guild Choice Award went to Cloud Valley, comprised of Ekaterina Bogdanova, Liudmila Sergeeva, and Wanting Zhou. Students on both of these winning teams received $250 each.


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