Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Ph.D., RLA, ASLA, CHSLA
Xiaodi Zheng is associate professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China, and serves as the Director of International Affairs at Chinese Gardening and Landscaping Industry Association in China. She received her Ph.D. and B.Arch. from Tsinghua University and her MLA from the GSD, Harvard University. Before returning to China in 2008, she worked with OLIN and SWA Group in the US participating in award-winning projects, including Washington Monument Grounds and Security Improvement Project in Washington, DC, and Columbus Circle in New York City, both of which received the ASLA National Award of Honor.
Mrs. Zheng’s research focuses on brownfields regeneration and sustainable landscape. She has published widely in both Chinese and English professional journals, including Topos, Urban Space Design, Chinese Landscape Architecture, and Beijing Planning Review etc. Her dissertation entitled Landscape Strategies for Brownfield Regeneration based on the Concept of “Brown Earth-Work” won the First Prize of Excellent Dissertation Award at Tsinghua University. Besides Tsinghua, she also taught or gave lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, China Academy of Art, Nanjing University, South China University of Technology etc. She is special editor for Landscape Architecture, and editorial member for Urban Design.
In 2015, Mrs. Zheng won the First Prize at Beijing Junior Faculty Competition on Fundamental Abilities for Teaching, as well as the Most-Welcomed by Students Award, the Best Syllabus Award, and the Best Presentation Award.