Past Event

Alumni Event: Panel Discussion on Wood Architecture and Sustainability

February 25, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing



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Time: February 25, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Beijing)

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

Sustainable development is said to be one of the greatest challenges to the present and future of the built environment. Wood has long been considered a sustainable resource, with many positive characteristics, including low carbon impact, renewable, low embodied energy, and sustainability.

Please join us for an interactive social forum with leading architects and designers to share their projects and experiences, showcasing the use of wood in architecture with innovative design ideas to create sustainable architecture.

All Columbia GSAPP alumni and students and architecture/engineering/construction professionals are welcome to join.

The event is organized by AIA Shanghai and co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A special thanks to Columbia GSAPP alumnus Anderson Hsieh, President-Elect of AIA Shanghai.


    Wei Yang

    Wei YAN is a Professor at the School of Architecture, Tianjin University. She is currently serving as the Dean’s Assistant and Director for International Cooperation of the school. Her main research field is building life cycle assessment and design, and the sustainable evolution of the built environment. She is currently teaching the design studio on ‘Building in Life Cycle’, which concerns the sustainability of the built environment, especially the climate-responsive and resource conservation design strategies.

    Prof. Yang holds a professional Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Architecture and a Doctor of Engineering from Tianjin University. She studied at Karlsruhe University (KIT) from 2003-2005 as an exchange Ph.D. student, where she started her research topic on building LCA and building stocks. She revisited Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2009 and 2018 and visited ETH Zurich in 2010 as a guest researcher. Prof. Yang led the TEAM Tianjin U+ to build the R-CELLS zero-carbon solar house in Zhangbei County in north China in Sept. 2021, which competed in the 3rd China Solar Decathlon in June 2022.


    Zhantang Miao

    Zhantang MIAO is an Associate Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor, and Director of the Construction Institute at Tianjin University School of Architecture. He is a National Registered Urban Planner and also the Vice-Chairman of the Construction Technology Sub-Committee of the Chinese Architectural Society.

    Prof. Miao graduated from Tianjin University with a bachelor's degree in urban planning, a master's degree in architectural Technology, a Ph.D. in Urban and Rural Planning, and received a post-doctoral degree from Seoul National University. He initiated and founded the Construction Research Institute in Tianjin University School of Architecture. Prof. Miao participated in the 2021 Solar Decathlon China as an instructor and directed the timber work and details design of R-cells.


    Yufeng Zheng

    Yufeng Zheng is a master's candidate of Tianjin University and the Project Manager of Team TianjinU+. Zheng came to Tianjin University School of Architecture in 2019 to pursue his master's degree in architecture. His research is modern timber structure architecture. In 2020-2021, Zheng participated in the 2021 Solar Decathlon China as a key member and worked with his team to complete the design and management of R-CELLS, which was built in September 2021 in Zhangjiakou.