B. Arch. Ph. D Arch. Architect AIBC

Email: xzhao@zhaoarch.com



B. Arch., Arch. Technician

Email: chen@zhaoarch.com




Mr. Zhao has a bachelor degree in Architecture from Southeast University Nanjing China and doctor degree in Architecture from Lund Institute of Technology Sweden together with over 35 years of experience in Architecture. He is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and is licensed to practice architecture in BC.

Mr. Zhao gained experience in New York City with the world famous I.M. Pei and Partners working on high-profile projects. He was also the first postdoctoral researcher in architecture in China while teaching architecture program as associate professor in Tongji University in Shanghai in 1990. In 1991, he was invited by the President of American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a visiting professor in University of Nebraska. Zhao worked in several architectural firms in US and Canada, during which time he has completed many types of projects in various sizes with comprehensive experience in all aspects of architectural practice.

He has over 35 years of experience encompassing architectural design, consultant coordination, project management and planning. Strategic skills were developed in project coordination, authority approvals, initial project conceptualization through construction administration. In Zhao\'s 35 years with the practice, he has amassed a broad spectrum of experience, also including computer programming in CAD.

Since he started his architect firm in 2008, Zhao XD Architect Ltd. has accomplished many important projects including townhouse developments, commercial buildings, high-end residential houses, industrial buildings, institutional buildings as well as multi-storey apartment building design. He developed many Autolisp programs making the architectural design and drawing production highly efficient. He was appointed as member of Richmond Advisory Design Panel and member of Public Art Commission in City of Richmond for many years.





  • Bachelor of Architecture,Southeast University, Nanjing, China 1982

  • Ph. D in Architecture, Lund Institute of Technology, 1987, Lund, Sweden



  • "Expression of Architectural Form" | AIBC Annual Conference 2009, Vancouver BC

  • "New architecture" | Panelist at 1991 Administrative Conference | Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 1991, San Juan (USA)

  • "Identity in architecture" | The XVIIth International Union of Architects (UIA) Congress, 1990, Montreal

  • "Space, time and sprit" | The International Colloquium, tradition and technique in architecture of today, 1988 Les Treilles, France



  • Registered Architect in British Columbia



  • The second prize | National competition of theatre by Architectural Society of China, Design Bureau of committee for National Construction, Art Bureau of the Department of Culture, Design Bureau of the Main Bureau for National Construction Engineering, 1980



  • 1985-86 Architect - Hans Asplund Arkitekt, Lund, Sweden

  • 1987 Architect - Brup Edstrom Arkitekt Kontor, Simrisham, Sweden

  • 1985, 1987 Toured Europe

  • 1988 Staff architect - I. M. Pei and Partners, Architects and Planners |

  • (Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners), New York

  • 1989-91 Associate Professor - Tongji University, Shanghai

  • 1991 Visiting professor - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska

  • 1992-1996 Computer artist/CAD manager - Art Associates, Inc., Toledo, Ohio

  • 1997-2004 Intern architect - Hanna, Ghobriel & Spencer, Ltd., Windsor, ON

  • 2004-2005 Intern architect - Vijay Vasantgadkar Architect, Windsor, ON

  • 2000-2005 Principal - Zhao & Chen, Windsor, Ontario

  • 2006 Project manager / intern architect -Patrick Cotter Architect Ltd., Richmond, BC

  • 2007 Architect - Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, Vancouver, BC

  • 2008-present Zhao XD Architect Ltd., Richmond, BC



  • "Record Drawing Name, Date, and Time", Dec. 1996 CADENCE

  • (The World\'s Largest Independent AutoCAD Magazine)

  • "Change Edge Visibility of 3Dface Nested in a Block", March, 1996 CADENCE

  • "Highlight Named Blocks", Jan. 1996 CADENCE

  • "Listing Nested Blocks", Sept. 1995 CADENCE

  • Spiral staircases made easy, June 1995 CADENCE

  • "On philosophy of architecture", 《建筑哲理论》 Shanghai Science and Technology Book

    Publishing House, 1991, Shanghai

  • "Semantic descriptions of architectural form: Comparisons between east & west, traditional & modern architecture", Journal of Time Architecture, 1991 N0.2 建筑风格的语义描述和分析:中西古今建筑文化比较, 《时代建筑》1991年 第2期

  • "Attributions of architectural form", Lund Institute of Technology, 1987, Sweden