Wei DongVilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

Wei Dong, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in Design Studies, specializes in design visualization and Asian design. Design visualization refers to the use of both manual and digital media to visualize buildings and their associated interior and exterior spaces. Several methods and applications are included in design visualization such as animation, modeling and simulation, and image generation and manipulation. Professor Dong is increasingly recognized as a leader in the integration of digital media into the environmental design process to stimulate creativity and improve visualization skills. He has published two books on the subject and he is beginning work on a third book. In addition, his work combining manual rendering and computer graphics has been included in books by others on rendering. His work has also been presented in numerous gallery shows and presentations throughout the United States and internationally as well. He has practiced interior design in both the United States and China, and has won several design awards in international IDEC competitions.

Recent press

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunityMadison Magazine, August 31, 2020
How to boost the good vibes in your home, according the a Feng Shui masterMSN, May 11, 2020
Seeking a harmonious life with Feng ShuiNew York Times, March 26, 2019

Classes Taught

  • Course number: DS 320: Course title: Sketching and Rendering
  • Course number: DS 323: Course title: CAD-Architecture and Interiors
  • Course number: DS 501: Course title: Chinese Brush Painting : Thought and Application
  • Course number: DS 633: Course title: Design Visualization: Interior and Architecture
  • Course number: DS 501: Course title: Western Green Design and Chinese Feng Shui Culture
Portrait of Wei Dong, an Asian man smiling in School of Human Ecology Building.


  • Design Studies

Degree Program

  • BS Interior Architecture
  • MFA Human Ecology: Design Studies
  • PhD Human Ecology: Design Studies


  • UW Teaching Academy


Office: 3134 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Phone: 608-262-8805