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Ma, Qingyun 马清运


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USC School of Architecture

Dean of Architecture, 2007 - 2017


  • B.S., Architecture, Tsinghua University
  • M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania

Qingyun Ma is a designer and educator.  Named one of the world’s most influential designers by BusinessWeek, Ma’s experience and involvement on an international level make him a leader in the design community with a great understanding of the contemporary issues in global urbanization.

Ma earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in Architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1988, and in 1991, he received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.  Through his academic and professional experience, he developed a keen business sense centered on design intelligence, which culminated in his establishment of MADA s.p.a.m in 1996.  MADA s.p.a.m. has designed and built modern buildings and urban communities, garnering worldwide recognition.  Ma was the chief curator of the 2007 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale, and he is frequently invited as a speaker and juror, including for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the prestigious Rome Prize, and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

In 2007, Ma became the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where he has enhanced the program by developing the School’s ties with China and launching a number of global initiatives, particularly the USC American Academy in China, a base for visiting scholars to facilitate their research and foster academic exchanges; Universität Karlsruhe and Berlin Technical University in Germany; and the École Speciale d’Architecture in Paris.

Video lecture at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Hou Hanru and Ma Qingyun at the Hammer Museum

Selected Publications:

  • Click here for a USC News article on Qingyun Ma's appointment to Dean of the USC School of Architecture.
  • Click here to hear Ma's appearance on KCRW's Design and Architecture program.
  • Click here for information on Ma's upcoming lecture on Curatorial Urbanism in October 2007.

Honors and Awards:

  • Frank Miles Day Memorial Prize.