Neng Zhu is a native of Suzhou in Southeast China, an hour from Shanghai. She was inspired at an early age by the work of celebrated architect I.M. Pei, whose portfolio includes the Suzhou Museum. In pursuit of her goal to be an architect herself, she came to the United States and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, with a minor in Landscape Architecture. Neng subsequently earned her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design along with a Certificate in Landscape Architecture.
A musician, Neng plays the cello and piano. Now, in Florida, she plans to add scuba diving to her leisure activities. A fan of the Sunshine State’s warm weather, she loves being outside.