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Catty Dan Zhang is an assistant professor of architecture at UNC Charlotte. Her research and practice explore the design of active atmosphere at the convergence of digital media and architecture. Employing atmospheric and computational mediums, her work translates ordinary objects into performative and synergistic systems across scales to visualize and to modulate ephemeral forms. Zhang was a finalist of the Wheelwright Prize in 2018 and 2021, received recognition in the AN Best of Design Awards in 2019, and was the winner of the inaugural Emerging Designer’s Exhibition Competition and had her solo exhibition entitled “The Moving Air” at UC Berkeley in 2020, exploring a cultural-environmental paradigm of the form, sequence and rhythm of airflow as spatial agencies activating sensorial and social events. Her design work has been featured in exhibitions at the London Design Festival, Carnegie Museum of Arts, A+D Museum, Harvard GSD, UNC Charlotte, among other institutions. Zhang holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tsinghua University, a Master of Architecture with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master in Design Studies degree in Technology from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was the 2017 recipient of the Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability. She has practiced within the US and internationally, previously worked with Axi:Ome as a design principal, and taught at Washington University in St. Louis prior of joining UNCC.