Catty Dan Zhang is an assistant professor of architecture at UNC Charlotte. Her work experiments the design of active atmosphere at the convergence of digital media and architecture. Focusing on the overlap of human and machine perceptions, she explores cultural, social, and environmental uptakes of technological investigations of ephemeral and invisible factors that create emotional impacts. 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. She was the 2017 recipient of the Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability, and was one of the four finalists of the 2018 Wheelwright Prize. Zhang has worked with Axi:Ome as a design principal. Prior of joining UNCC, she taught at Washington University in St. Louis, and has practiced, exhibited, and published internationally.