Qingyun Ma

Qingyun Ma

As China undergoes an extraordinary period of evolution, its architecture has also changed dramatically. One architect who is influential both within and outside the ancient nation is Ma, 44, who has worked on numerous large projects in China and who acted as planning expert for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Ma's Shanghai firm, MADA s.p.a.m., is focused on producing eye-catching buildings such as the soon-to-be-completed Xian Television complex, while the firm's work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He is currently dean of the architecture school at the University of Southern California.