Discipline: Architecture – design

Daisy Ziyan Zhang

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Boston, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024
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Daisy Ziyan Zhang is an observer. Fluid, floating, and rooting adventitiously. She crafts films and artifacts that question established norms of building, and unearth the often unnoticed and marginalized. Between the tenderness and unease of being, dancing; her body of work constructs a reverie for new imaginaries of the everyday, rippling with longing, searching for kinship. She was trained and practiced as an architect across Australia and the US, with a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her work has been awarded and exhibited internationally, including Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Venice Architecture Film Festival, Media Architecture Biennale, Copenhagen Architecture Festival, Vienna Architektur Film Sommer, Istanbul International Architecture, and Urban Films Festival, etc., and acquired by MIT Museum as part of their permanent collection.

At MacDowell, she worked on short films that dwell on the correlation of aging between architecture and its inhabitants, unrolling stories of the displaced, the growing, the loving and the loved.



Daisy Ziyan Zhang worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander (1856-1915) and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander was highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served…

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