An architect whose China heritage inspires his designs

Updated: 2014-02-28 13:12

By Deng Yu in Seattle (China Daily USA)

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Zhang Ming, a widely recognized architect and successful Chinese-American businessman, ascribes his success to his Chinese background and the fast development of his homeland.

"My Chinese heritage and my cultural roots contributed much to my architectural designs. I have drawn my inspiration from ideas of architecture of Ancient China, and it is the reason that we won the design project for the Redmond city hall building," Zhang said, referring to the Washington State city that is the home of Microsoft Corp.

"What is more, I always keep in mind of the qualities shared by overseas Chinese people such as hard working and humble, which allowed me to overcome all difficulties and challenges".

This year, Zhang - who is a leading designer of mixed-use developments, corporate offices and retail centers worldwide - was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He will receive the fellowship medal during the investiture of fellows' ceremony at the AIA's 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition on June 27 in