Liang Wang is an architect and urban designer. He is currently a Doctor of Design candidate and a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Educated and practiced internationally as both a designer and a scholar, Liang’s design research and practice speculate on the relation between architecture and the city by focusing on urban design and large-scale architectural projects. His teaching and scholarship concern history and theory of urban form, superblock development and modernity, as well as architecture and the idea of the city in East Asia.
Liang’s on-going doctoral research investigates the space and politics of superblock and its relation to the idea of urban form historically and theoretically in the context of the Chinese cities. Liang is the recipient of the Peter G. Rowe Scholarship of Harvard University, and his research is sponsored by the Harvard GSD, the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, the David Rockefeller Center, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and the Harvard Asia Center. In line with his research work, Liang is the author of the book The Chinese Block: Searching for A New Spatial Construct (Forthcoming in 2020), and 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 new issue of Harvard GSD’s New Geographies journal (Forthcoming in 2020). 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), Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design (ORO Editions, 2019), HOUSUS: Housing Tomorrow (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields, 2017) among others. At the GSD, Liang teaches as a teaching fellow for core urban design lecture course. He has been a guest critic at the Harvard GSD, RISD and the China Academy of Art. Prior to the GSD, Liang has worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, SOM in New York, BIG in Copenhagen, and WW Architecture in Houston.
Liang holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with distinction from the GSD where he was awarded the Harvard GSD Urban Planning and 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 of China.