Diyang (Dion) Zhou was born and raised in China. He is a collection project assistant working on digitizing files, translating archive materials, and assisting with basic conservation duties. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin Chinese and the southwestern dialect of Guizhou province. He can read Classical Chinese as well.

Diyang had study experiences in the US and Berlin, Germany. He received his BA degree of Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies of Religions from Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. He was a member of his college’s research team on organizing the archives of Robert Venturi, the well-known American architect who designed the Charles P. Stevenson Library.

Moreover, he is interested in ancient mysticism and indigenous cultures. Using Green Dragon Cave Temple Complex from his hometown as a case study, he presented his dissertation on ethnic Miao’s and Han’s architectural theories with cosmology and Fengshui practice at the 2022 SUNY New Paltz Art History Symposium.