Originally from Beijing and educated both in China and in the US, Chang received Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984.
He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) in 1993. He has won a number of prizes. He has published eight books and monographs. He participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture. He was a Professor and Founding Head of Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University; he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard in 2002 and the Eliel Saarinen Chair at Michigan in 2004.