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Xin Zhao

Teaching Lecturer

Personal profile

Personal profile

Xin Zhao is currently serving as a Teaching Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Before joining XJTLU, Xin accumulated many years of professional experience in the fields of urban design and landscape architecture, both in international and Chinese contexts, including positions at renowned firms such as Sasaki and AECOM. She holds a dual Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies, with a specialized focus on Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology, which she earned from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Xins primary research interests lie in the domains of landscape urbanism and waterfront regeneration.

Research interests

Landscape Urbanism

Waterfront Regeneration

Landscape Ecology


Teaching Lecturer, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China - 2023 to present

Senior Urban Designer and Landscape Architect, Sasaki Associates, Boston, USA - 2017 to 2023

Project Consultant, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China - 2022 to 2023

Deputy Secretary General, Fujian Provincial Artists Association Architecture Art Committee - 2022 to 2023

Landscape Architect, Leblanc Jones Landscape Architects, Boston, USA - 2017

Teaching Assistant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design - 2016

Associate Landscape Architect, Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, USA - 2016

Associate Landscape Architect, Reed Hilderbrand, Boston, USA - 2015

Associate Urban Designer and Landscape Architect, AECOM, Shanghai, China - 2010 to 2013


Guest Lecturer, ‘Regenerating Boston’, a joint guest lecture prepared for UPD401 Theory Practice of Urban Regeneration and UPD109 History and Purpose of Planning at XJTLU Department of Urban Planning and Design - 2022

Research Assistant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design - 2015 to 2016

UPD 407: Place-Making and Urban Design, Master Program Year 1, S1, AY23-24

UPD 211: Urban Design and Theory I, Undergraduate Program Year 3, S1, AY23-24

UPD 210: Urban Design and Theory II, Undergraduate Program Year 3, S2, AY22-23

UPD 004: Introduction to Urban Planning and Design, Undergraduate Program Year 1, S2, AY22-23.

Awards and honours

Boston Society of Architects, Campus Planning and Urban Design Awards, Merit Award - 2022

Fast Co. World Changing Ideas Awards, Honorable Mention - Urban Design Category - 2021

Honorable Mention in the “Conceptual - Design” category, WLA Professional Awards - 2021

Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award – Analysis Planning - 2020

“Best Chinese Futura Project” with Bronze Distinction, 2018 MIPIM Asia - 2018

2nd Prize, International Competition of Young Designers for Open Space leading down the East Bank of the Huangpu River - 2016

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology, Harvard University Graduate School of Design - 2017

Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design - 2017

BA, Specialization in Environmental Design, Tongji University - 2013

Person Types

  • Staff

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