Ma Yansong

Ma Yansong is a Beijing-born architect. He 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 designs of various scales. 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) and won Emporis Skyscraper Award. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative  Art,  which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culturelandmark. In 2008 he was selected as one of the “20 Most Influential Young Architects” by ICON Magazine. Fast Company respectively named him as 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 as one of the “Young Global Leaders (YGL)” by World Economic Forum in 2015 as one of the “Power 100 of 2015″ by Surface Magazine. In 2016, he was selected as one of the ” Top 40 and Best-known Architects of the 21st Century” byArchute.  Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring the contemporary art and design. He has participated in many important exhibitions, including Venice Biennale in Italy, exhibitions in Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in Louisiana, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and other institutes around the world. The M + Museum of Hong Kong has a permanent collection of MAD architectural models.