Liang Wang

Design Critic in Architecture

Liang Wang is an architect, urban designer, and educator. He currently teaches at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a Design Critic in Architecture. He previously taught at the Syracuse University School of Architecture as the Harry der Boghosian Fellow and a Visiting Critic. Liang’s scholarship and teaching concern history and theory of urban form, space and politics of the superblock, architecture and the idea of the city in East Asia, as well as the idea of the commons and collective living. His research work and teaching have been supported by Harvard University, Syracuse University, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, among others. In line with his research, Liang is the co-author of the book Chinese Modern: Episodes Backward and Forward in Time (Birkhäuser, 2022) and Urban Blocks and Grids: History, Technical Features, and Outcomes (Scholars’ Press, 2019). He is also the co-editor of the twelfth issue of the New Geographies journal Commons (Harvard University Press and Harvard GSD, 2021).

Liang is the co-founder of Commons Office—a research-minded design practice embracing a trans-scalar and trans-disciplinary approach to architecture and urbanism. Prior to founding Commons Office, he practiced internationally at Herzog & de Meuron, SOM, WW Architecture, and Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, where he worked on multi-scalar architecture and urban design projects including the Skolkovo University in Moscow, Tanjong Pagar Center in Singapore, and the Anting Auto Town R&D Harbor in Shanghai.

Liang received his Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University. He previously completed his Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with distinction from the GSD, where he was awarded the Urban Design Thesis Prize and the Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. He also holds a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, where he won the Morris R. Pitman Award in Architecture and the Fondren Research Award.