Charles Zhang

Architectural Designer

MArch (University of Melbourne), MArch (South China University of Technology)

The role of an architect is to push the boundaries of a brief to ensure it will also serve society.

Charles Zhang is a passionate architectural designer and a valued member of the mixed-use team at ClarkeHopkinsClarke. Striking that often elusive balance between big picture thinking and attention to detail, Charles has the ability to form a strong vision and deliver it through highly resolved design.

His expertise is sought out during the conceptualisation, masterplanning and design development phases of a project, and in particular, those which incorporate a mixture of retail, commercial, community or residential components.

Charles is efficient and analytical. He is skilled at balancing the commercial and planning requirements inherent to contemporary mixed-use precincts with the need to protect culture and heritage.

From a design perspective, he places high importance on integrated forms, bringing a human-scale to buildings and using a fine grain architectural approach. From a commercial perspective, he plays an important bridging role in connecting cost parameters with building quality and positive outcomes for the future community.  

With both an academic record and a practical acumen that spans Australia and China, Charles has developed a strong appreciation for the aesthetic preferences, cultural considerations and planning requirements inherent to the two countries. He has a strong interest in applying this knowledge to Chinese-Australian joint venture opportunities, unlocking the advantages of a dual culture focus, to create unique and prosperous designs.

Selected Work

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Minta City

We’re transforming the the long held 285-hectare Minta Farm in Berwick into a next generation employment hub integrating diverse housing for 5000 and inner urban-style amenity.

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Hepburn Hub

New plans for a community and cultural hub are now being realised, with work currently underway on a new cinema, library, cafe and retail spaces. Significantly, the building will also consolidate the region’s four council offices in a new collaborative and open plan space allowing for greater interactivity with the community they serve.

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Cloverton

Cloverton delivers a smart city for 40,000 offering all the best elements of the world’s best cities in one integrated mixed-use town that leverages its location to existing rail infrastructure.