An architectural critic and urban designer, Tan earned his Ph.D from the Department of Architecture at UCLA and has been an assistant professor in architecture at Tongji University since 2014. Tan’s has been involved in the research and practice of urban architecture and urbanism for many years. He broadly published on architecture and urbanism in a variety of journals and magazines. In collaboration with Prof. Yung Ho Chang, Tan launched a research initiative under the theme of “Infra-Architecture” in 2015. He participated in the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and 2017 SUSAS at Shanghai.
In 2018, Tan Zheng participated and curated the exhibition Infrastructural Territory: The Spatial Foundation of National Discourse at OCAT Shanghai.