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Donia Zhang is an associate at the City Institute at York University. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada.

Her area of expertise is in courtyard housing development in the inner cities of Beijing and Suzhou, China's heritage preservation policies and practices, and the cultural dimension of sustainability. Donia has 7 years of work experience in the architectural industry in Toronto and Chicago, and 10 years of teaching experience throughout Ontario colleges. The subjects she has taught include: History of Art and Architecture, Interior Design, and AutoCAD.

Donia has published three books: Courtyard Houses of Beijing: Past, Present, and Future (2009/2010/2011), Schoolyard Gardening as Multinaturalism: Theory, Practice, and Product (2009), and Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: Theory, Practice, and Product (Ashgate, 2013). She has recently completed another book, Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Chinese Design in North America (Ashgate, 2015).

Donia's future research will focus on The Philosophy of Architecture and The Philosophy of Sustainability, which will encompass both Eastern and Western, historic and contemporary, approaches.

Keywords: courtyard housing; culture; health; happiness; Chinese design; China; North America

View Donia's Publications at or ResearchGate

Tel: +1 (416) 890-7025