Topic: Inclusive design
Tao Zhang, SASAKI, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP ND, SITES AP
"Tao is a principal and serves on the board of directors at Sasaki, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Boston, USA. Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect, Tao is active in the arena of ecological design, striving to bridge the gap between practice and science. As well as being mindful and invested in creative expression, he seeks inspiration from science and always roots his design in a deep understanding of the project’s socio-ecological system. Tao is an integral part of Sasaki’s strong international presence and has led and contributed to a number of award-winning projects.
Tao is a strong advocate for critical thinking and independent research to invigorate the profession. He has led research initiatives and collaborated with academic institutes on topics including post-occupancy metrics and environmental health. Besides practice, he has taught landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and has been a visiting studio critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, and various universities in the US."