Liang Wang is an architect and urban designer. He currently teaches at Syracuse University School of Architecture as the Harry der Boghosian Fellow. He is also a doctoral candidate and previously a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His scholarship and teaching concern history and theory of urban form, space and politics of the superblock, architecture and the idea of the city in East Asia, as well as the idea of the commons and collective living.
Educated in China and the US as both a designer and a scholar, Liang’s design research and practice speculate on the relationship between architecture and the city by focusing on urban design and large-scale architectural projects. He is the recipient of the Peter G. Rowe Scholarship of Harvard University, and his doctoral research has been sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the David Rockefeller Center of Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and the Harvard Asia Center.
In line with his research work, Liang is the co-author of the book Urban Blocks and Grids: History, Technical Features, and Outcomes (Scholars’ Press, 2019). He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming issue Commons of the New Geographies journal (Harvard University Press, 2021). In addition, Liang has contributed to multiple book publications, including Sao Paulo: A Graphic Biography (The University of Texas Press, 2018), Regular City in Chongqing (Harvard GSD, 2018), as well as several exhibitions and installations. Liang’s design projects and research have been featured in many publications and media platforms, including HOUSUS: Housing Tomorrow (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields, 2017), Harvard GSD Platform 9 and 10 (Actar Publishers) among others. Liang has taught as a studio instructor at the GSD Career Discovery Program. He has been a guest critic at the GSD, Syracuse University, Hong Kong University, RISD, China Academy of Art, and Boston Architectural College.
Previously, Liang completed his master of architecture in urban design degree with distinction from the Harvard GSD, where he was awarded the Urban Design Thesis Prize and the Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. He also holds a master of architecture degree from Rice University, where he won the Morris R. Pitman Award in Architecture and the Fondren Research Award. Liang received his bachelor of architecture degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, where he was the recipient of the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Education in China.
In addition to his academic experiences, Liang is the co-founder of Commons Office—a creative think tank and a research-minded design practice based in Boston and Shanghai. Prior to founding Commons Office, he practiced architecture and urban design internationally at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York; Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen; WW Architecture in Houston; and Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects in Shanghai.