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Adam Brillhart

Assistant Professor


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Adam Brillhart holds a PhD in Architecture and Art from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at XJTLU, where he researches pragmatic and conceptual formulations of traditional carpentry, material processes, tectonics, and instrumentality. Brillhart has practiced as an assistant to Wang Shu in the Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou and in New York City at the offices of David Adjaye, Robert Stern, and Davis Brody Bond. He studied architecture at Columbia University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is co-author of the Boutique Hotel Manual (Domus, 2011); “Co-Operating with Notational Language: Full-Scale Drawing Practices of Traditional Carpentry in Southern China” (ACSA Press, 2019), author of “Observations on the Extensionality of Jiangnan Traditional Timber Structure” (Time + Architecture, 2023), and "Repairing Forests and Vernacular Heritage" (Future Anterior, 2024).


2020 Drury University, Hammonds School of Architecture, Guest Critic

2018 Hong Kong University, Shanghai Study Center, Co-Organizer and Instructor of Architecture/Urban Micro-Renewal Workshop

2013 - 2015 China Academy of Art, Instructor of Natural Construction Workshop

2010 Pratt University, Invited guest critic

2009 New Jersey Institute of Technology, Co-Tutor with Brooks Atwood

Research interests

Tectonic Typologies

Drawing and Notation

Construction Methodologies


Assistant to Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio - 2013 to 2015

Design Director, Atelier HAY - 2012 to Present

Design Consultant, Robert A.M. Stern Associates - 2012 to 2012

Architectural Designer, Davis Brody Bond - 2010 to 2011

Architectural Designer, Adjaye Associates - 2009 to 2010

Architectural Designer, Davis Brody Bond - 2007 to 2008

Awards and honours

Brillhart, Adam. Home Story in Jiangsu - First Prize in International Communications Sector, China News Award, China Journalist Association, 2023.

Brillhart, Adam, and Zhao Deli. Second Prize - Z3 Spatial Art Competition, China Australia Urban Forum, Shanghai, 2016.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Architecture and Art, China Academy of Art, Zhejiang, Hangzhou - 2018

MSc, Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University, New York, NY - 2009

BArch, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Albert Dorman Honors College, Newark, NJ - 2008

Person Types

  • Staff

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