UTSOA presents Ma Yansong: Dialogue with the Nature
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture will present Beijing-born architect, Ma Yansong, as part of their Spring 2016 lecture series. 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, Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, China Wood Sculpture Museum, 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.