Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project. As the founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through new forms of architecture. Since designing the “Floating Island” in 2002, Ma has been exploring this idea through an international practice. At MAD, Ma has created a series of imaginative works, including Absolute Towers, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, China Wood Sculpture Museum, Fake Hills, etc. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culture landmark. Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring with the public the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and art works.
In 2006, Ma was awarded the “Young Architects Award” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2008 he was selected as one of the “20 Most Influential Young Architects” by ICON magazine. Fast Company respectively named him one of the “10 Most Creative People in Architecture in 2009” and one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014.” In 2010 he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship. In 2014 he was awarded “Young Global Leaders (YGL)” by World Economic Forum. In 2012, his iconic project “Absolute Towers,” two residential towers in Mississauga, Canada was named the “Best Tall Building in the Americas” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
Ma graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. He is currently a professor in Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Born in Shanghai, Dang Qun is a principal partner at MAD. She oversees project managements and corporate operations of MAD Architects, a global architect firm with over 80 staffs. She is also a key member as other MAD principal partners are in MAD strategy development.
Dang is a steady practitioner and executor of MAD design philosophy “Shanshui City” and is endeavored to pioneer technical innovation and green architectures for each project. Her outstanding abilities in cultivating a motivated team, driving operational efficiency, and her clear strategic direction enable projects to be realized with maximum respects to the design and ideology. Dang is closely involved in each process of MAD’s series of projects, including Absolute Towers, Ordos Museum, China Wood Sculpture Museum, Fake Hills, Chaoyang Park Plaza, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, Harbin Cultural Island, and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, etc.
Dang holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and received a Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architects in 2000. Dang’s academic career includes a visiting professorship in Pratt Institute, and assistant professor in Iowa State University.
Born in Aichi, Japan, Yosuke Hayano is a first class registered Architect in Japan. Being a principal partner in MAD, Yosuke oversees and supervises all design works at MAD. His extensive professional experience and strict attention to detail and standards enable him to lead project teams on concept design, design development, materials selection, construction methods, techniques and time management. Yosuke assures all stages of design meet and exceed MAD’s high standards as they are transformed from design concepts into built structures.
Yosuke received his Bachelor of Materials Engineering from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2000, Associate degree in Architecture at Waseda Art and Architecture School in 2001, and his post Master in Architecture at the Architectural Association of London in 2003. He was the winner of the 2006 Architecture League of New York Young Architects Award, 2011 Design for Asia award and 2011 Kumamoto Artpolis Award. He was a visiting lecturer at Waseda Art and Architecture School from 2008 till 2012 and at Tokyo University from 2010 till 2012.
Italy born architect Andrea D’Antrassi is a registered architect in Italy and Switzerland. He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland. With solid experiences gained from overseas projects in US, Italy, Australia and China, Andrea adds a valuable global vision to MAD. Since he joined MAD in 2010, he has been involved with Boncompagni Residential Development in Rome Italy, Huangshan Mountain Village Development, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, and recent Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. He also plays a key role in MAD’s conceptual design competitions.
Liu Huiying is originally from Shanxi Province. He received his degree from Shenyang Architectural University in 2004. After graduation, he worked at the Shanxi Architectural Design and Research Institute. He joined MAD in June, 2010 and has been responsible for various projects during their construction phases, namely Harbin Cultural Island, China Wood Sculpture Museum, Fake Hills, Conrad Hotel in Beijing, and Sanya Phoenix Island in Hainan.
Dixon is Associate Partner at MAD Architects’ Los Angeles Office. This is Dixon’s second stint with MAD, having acted as Head of Operations for their Beijing office from 2008 to 2011. Dixon helped to conceptualize and organize the firm’s installation in partnership with Olafur Eliasson, “Feelings are Facts” at UCCA. Since returning to MAD in 2014, Dixon has project managed the firm’s first US Project, a commission for mixed-use complex with luxury condominiums in Beverly Hills. He is the Los Angeles office’s leader, managing operations, projects, and overall strategy.
Kin Li is a Hong Kong born architect holding a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His highly sensitive touch in design and outstanding ability in understanding art, as well as skills applying various design software, provide him a solid base to fully understand and translate MAD’s design philosophy and language into complex 3-D models for teams to further develop. After joining MAD in 2011, Kin served as the key designer and has participated in multiple iconic projects that synchronized MAD’s design philosophy “Shanshui City,” including Pingtan Art Museum, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, Chaoyang Park Plaza and Lucas narrative Art Museum.