Linda Zhang is a maker, thinker, and educator. Her design research and teaching proposes the process of making as a form of cognition; production as thought—thinking always translates into making and making into further ideas. Through this process, her work explores the way our material world necessarily informs and is informed by the otherwise immaterial and intangible dimensions of reality, asking how material and technological processes can become productive agents in thinking critically about culture, meaning, identity and memory. Her design and architecture practice, Studio Pararaum, links techniques of making to atmosphere, aura, and affective economies. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States.
Prior to Ryerson, she was the 2017-2018 Harry der Boghosian Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University School of Architecture as well as a 2017 Fellow at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik ZK/U (Center for Art and Urbanistics) in Berlin. She previously worked for Studio Olafur Eliasson / Studio Other Spaces (Berlin), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin), Christian Kerez (Zürich) and WOJR (Boston). She was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she received a M.Arch I AP with distinction, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize. She received a B.Sc.Arch with First-Class Honours from McGill University School of Architecture where she was the recipient of McGill Alumnae 75th Anniversary Scholarship, the Faculty of Engineering Scholarship, the Philip J Turner Prize, and the Steel Structure Education Foundation Scholarship.