USC School of Architecture dean QingYun Ma recently appeared on BusinessWeek‘s list of the world’s “27 Most Influential Movers and Shakers,” which “aims to shine a light on the breadth and scope of the profession as well as to highlight those whose work is influencing global business and policy.”
Ma is one of three renowned architects on the list to have won the prestigious Pritzker Prize and appears alongside past winners Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas. Other influential designers recognized by BusinessWeek include Apple design guru Johnathan Ive, spaceplane designer Burt Rutan and the New York’s Museum of Modern Art senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli
Ma taught architecture at Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to USC in 2007.
In 2008, Ma launched the USC American Academy in China, which aims to become China’s leading platform for critical research in the arts, architecture, urbanism and humanities. That year, he worked as a planning expert for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
In 1999, Ma formed the internationally-recognized architecture firm MADA s.p.a.m., whose work has been exhibited in Paris, Venice and Berlin. MADA s.p.a.m. is responsible for Qingpu Community Island in Shangai, the Centennial TV and Radio Center in Xi’an, and Tianyi City Plaza in Ningbo. MADA s.p.a.m. is considered the most internationally visible practice in China.
In addition to the recognition of BusinessWeek, Ma’s honors include a Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record, Phaidon’s Emerging Design Talents designation and a New Trends of Architecture designation by the Euro-Asia Foundation.