Born and raised a few blocks from our Shanghai Studio, Chao has spent his 15 years experience split between the US and China. Educated at Tongji University in Shanghai, and the University of California in Los Angeles, Chao has left his mark on significant projects in both locations.
Leading the Shanghai studio’s Civic & Cultural practice, Chao oversees some of the practice’s most significant projects. The Shenzhen Energy Ring, the world’s largest waste to energy power plant has been led by Chao from competition win in 2015 to completion in 2022.
With rich experience in Theatre design Chao is leading the Green Heart Opera House project in Tongzhou, Beijing, expected for completion in 2023, as well as the West Bund Grand Theatre, a new build riverfront performance theater on Shanghai’s West Bund.