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August 26, 2017
Dean, USC School of Architecture, Designer and Educator
Named one of the world’s most influential designers by Business Week, Qingyun Ma’s understanding of contemporary issues in global urbanization, and involvement on an international level, make him a leader in the design community.
After practicing architecture with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City, Ma founded the Shanghai architectural firm MADA s.p.a.m. (for strategy, planning, architecture, and media) in 1996. Ma also coordinated Rem Koolhaas’ first Harvard Project on Cities, which yielded the 1993 book ‘The Great Leap Forward’.
Ma was named dean of the USC School of Architecture and holder of USC’s Della and Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture (effective January 2007). He has enhanced the program by developing the School’s ties with China and by launching a number of global initiatives, particularly the USC American Academy in China- a base for visiting scholars to facilitate their research and foster academic exchange.