Hongtao Zhou is an Assistant Professor of the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research, practice and teaching areas include Architecture Design Studios, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation.
Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China, where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Design for four years. Prior to joining UH, Hongtao was a Guest Curator at Milwaukee Art Museum, a Chief Designer at Drift studio as well as an Instructor and Woodshop Supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining UH, Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery, Campus Art Advisory Committee Member and Hawaii Woodguild Show Judge. Currently he is newly elected Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia. Hongtao also serves as the Faculty Resident Director of the Global Track program in Shanghai teaching Urban Design, Thesis and Architectural Installation courses to Doctor of Architecture candidates from UH and Tongji University.
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 and Historic Sites, 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. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. He also lectured at MIT, Peking University, Tsinghua University and China Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.
Hongtao is a winner of the Silver Medal at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Quebec, the First Place Novice of Hawaii Woodshow, Madison Art Commission BLINK Grant, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award and the First Place Award of Design Emphasis, International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.