Yingfan Zhang

Atelier Alter Architects

Yingfan Zhang, founder of Atelier Alter Architects, received her Bachelor of Architecture from

The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, her Master of Architecture in Urban

Design form GSD Harvard University. She is a registered architect in the State of New York, a

member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a chartered member of RIBA. Prior to

setting up her practice, Ying worked for Atelier Raimund Abraham and RMJM North America. Her

theoretical research focuses intensively on the interdisciplinary nature of Silk Road culture

heritage and its impact on architecture. Ying is the award recipient for Excellent Designer of 2014

from China IDG League, CV Starr Scholar, Yunjian- Think Tank Scholar, 40 Under 40 Awards 2019

Winners etc.

Yingfan Zhang, founded Atelier Alter Architects in 2009. Atelier Alter has always maintained a

high passion for exploring the boundaries of contemporary architectural language, and has tried

to place itself in the role of an practice, who is not limited within the discussion of construction

and space in small buildings, neither is squared in the discussion of Chineseness. Rather, Atelier

Alter is undertaking the challenge of greater social responsibility by creating larger architecture

with complexity. Being actively participating social changes, Atelier Alter's completed projects

are mostly related to cultural and community buildings, such as Qujing Culture Center, BIT Sport

Center, Yingliang Stone Archive and Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum. These projects are

very time consuming and need for accurate control of social coordination. The quality of

completion, the social value being addressed, the technical challenges and advance made are

very rare among international young architects.