Visiting Assistant Professor
Master of Architecture, Rice University
Bachelor of Science, Washington University in St. Louis
Licensed Architect - New York State
Zhan Chen is a visiting assistant professor and practicing architect. His design research examines innovative spatial strategies that break from typical hermetic rooms and open plans. Zhan’s work explores the possibility for space to be both volatile and agile, able to navigate multiple uses and construct new scenarios.
Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, Zhan worked at the offices of FX Collaborative, Rogers Marvel Architects and Marvel Architects in New York City. While at Rogers Marvel, he worked on several competition entries, including the winning proposal for Constitution Gardens on the National Mall. At Marvel Architects and FX Collaborative, Zhan completed projects ranging in scale and program from a memorial landscape in the Brooklyn Navy Yards to large residential developments in Manhattan and Washington DC. Zhan was also an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he taught 2nd year design studio.