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Bing Zhang

Board Member
Chief Planner
Academy of Urban Planning and Design

Professional Biography

Dr. Bing Zhang, a member of ICOMOS CHINA, is currently the Chief Planner of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), which has been the leading research and consulting institution in heritage conservation planning in China since it was founded in 1954. In 2002-2011, Dr. Zhang was the Director of the Institute of Historic City Conservation (IHCC) at CAUPD. Dr. Zhang is recognized in China for his outstanding work in theory and practice of urban and regional planning, particularly in the fields of historic city conservation and urban strategic planning. He is the elected Deputy Director of Committee of Historic Cities, China Society of Urban Studies (2012), and a Council Member of Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) (2009). At the UPSC, Dr. Zhang serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Academic Committee of Planning History and Theory and meanwhile the Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of Historic City Conservation. Dr. Zhang worked as the member of Expert Commission of the Third National Survey of Culture Heritage been 2007 to 2011. Since 2008, he has been a jury member of National Historic Areas, selected by the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Culture Heritage.

Dr. Bing Zhang has led conservation planning projects in historic cities and towns such as Xin’an Town, Shenzhen (1997-2000); Taiyuan, Shanxi Province (2008-2010); Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (2009-present); Tongcheng, Anhui Province (2007-2009); Ili City, Xinjiang (2008-2010); Yuli Town, earthquake-hit-area of Sichuan (2008-2009, awarded the national first prize by the China Association of Urban Planning); and the Hu’men Opium War Monuments (Dongguan Guangdong, 2004-2010). Based on conservation practices at earthquake-hit areas in Sichuan (2008) and Tibetan Qinghai (2010), his research has focused on understanding the ‘difficult knowledge’ of earthquakes and the protection of monuments and their remains. His main research interests also include conserving the 20th Century Heritage, specifically the historic areas and buildings after 1949 when the P. R. China established. He practises in some programmes in Beijing, Luoyang, Taiyuan, Qiqihar and so other cities with abundant culture properties of the 20th Century.