SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Hongtao Zhou

Assistant Professor
Gallery Director
PhD, Purdue University-West Lafayette
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, BS, Northeastern Forestry University, Harbin, China

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Zhou7@hawaii.edu
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808-956-2859

As an interdisciplinary designer and artist, I work to bridge architecture, design, visual art and social cultures. I believe working across academic boundaries brings us fresh ideas and new opportunities for the future.

Research and Creative Work

Sticky Installation
Sticky Installation
Reconstituted
Reconstituted
Translation
Translation
Play with the Moon
Play with the Moon
Leaking Glacier
Leaking Glacier
Textscape — Central Park NYC
Textscape — Central Park NYC
Textscape — Braille
Textscape — Braille
CNC Dream Rocker
CNC Dream Rocker

Profile

  • Areas of Interest

    Architecture design, exhibition design, sculpture & installation, furniture design and fabrication.    

  • Professional Experience

    Prior to joining UHM, Hongtao worked as guest curator at Milwaukee Art Museum, chief designer at Drift Studio as well as an Instructor and Woodshop Supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining UHM, Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery, Campus Art Advisory Committee Member and Hawaii Woodguild Show Jury. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia. He has lectured at Peking University, Tsinghua University, MIT, China Central Academy of Fine Art and Tianjin Academy of Fine Art. Hongtao also served as the Faculty Resident Director of the Global Track program in Shanghai. Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China in Beijing, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center.
    Hongtao is a winner of the Silver Medal at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Quebec, the First Place Novice of Hawaii Woodshow and the First Place Award of Design Emphasis, International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

  • Selected Publications

    “A 3D Font That Reads Like Text, But Can Be Viewed Like Sculpture”, Huffington Post Arts, March 25, 2015

    Hongtao Zhou, Bing Liu, “Experimenting for Creativity across Academic Boundaries-Architecture, Sculpture and Furniture”, Across the Divide, China Light Industry Press, p245, 2015

     “Jumping Off the Page”, Interior Design magazine, New York, “Big Ideas” Issue, p146, March 2015

    “Textscape”, Artsillustrated magazine, India, p106, March 2015  

    “Hongtao Zhou’s Creative Work”, The Portfolio of JING Furniture Design Exhibition, China Architecture & Building Press, p71, 2014

    “Sticky”, Contemporary Installation Art, Artpower International Publishing, HongKong, p201-202, 2014  

    “The Tool at Hand-A Chipstone Object Lab Experiment”, Congress Library Collection, Book Chapter profile, p96-99, 2013

    “Designwire”, Interior Design magazine, New York, June 2011

    “Beijing Triennial”, Zhuangshi Magazine, Tsinghua University Press, China, p89, 2011

    “Burniture-Creative Junctions”, Interni Magazine, Italy, 2011

    “Zero Impact Experiments”, Modern Weekly, Hong Kong/Shanghai, Jan 2011  

    “Burniture”, Design Bureau Magazine, Chicago, May/June 2011

    “Structural Tambour”, Transmaterial 3, Princeton Architectural Press, p86 & back cover, 2010

    “Snow Furniture by Hongtao Zhou”, Journal of Modern Craft, London, May 2010

    Hongtao Zhou, “The Cold Truth”, American Craft magazine, (Oct/Nov), p30-31, 2009  

  • Courses

    Arch 101 Basic Design Studio

    Arch 201 Basic Design Studio

    Arch 490 Exhibition Design

    Arch 490 Furniture Design and Fabrication

    Arch 490 Sculptural and Installation

    Arch 690 Grad Advanced Sculpture and Installation

    Arch 693 Grad Furniture Design and Fabrication

    Arch 693 Special Topics Exhibition Design-Global Track

    Arch 750C Architecture Studio Urban Design- Global Track

    Arch 781 Critical Inquiry Research Thesis- Global Track

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