The recipient of the SOM Foundation’s 2007 China Prize for Architecture, Haohao Zhu, grew up in Qidong, a “country city” on the Yangtse River, opposite Shanghai. Haohao studied Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in June 2004 and a Master's Degree in Architectural Design and Theory in June 2007. Following receipt of the SOM China Prize in 2007, Haohao enrolled at Harvard Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, he received a Master in Architecture (a post- professional degree) in May 2010. Upon graduation, he was recognized by the GSD with the “ Faculty Design Award” for 2010. Haohao’s Travel Research in connection with his China Prize was carried out during his summer break in 2009 while studying at Harvard. His travel took him to Rome to experience a city with many layers of history, which, as Haohao notes, "...meets the challenges from the conflicts between urban development and protection of its historical sites.” Haohao observed similarities between Rome and cities in China in terms of how historic cities balance protecting the old while embracing the forces of modernization.