Based in Bejing, China, Yansong Ma is considered as one of the most progressive exponents of cutting-edge architecture in
the Asia area. In his lecture he spoke about his work in China which was going through the most rampant urbanization phase
in the countrys history. Ma gave an overview of the phenomenon from the perspective of the MAD Architectural Design
Office he founded and heads in Beijing.
Projects of the studio include the Absolute Tower in Toronto, Canada (20062011), whose design made MAD Architectural
Design win the international architectural competition for the project in 2006, the SINOSteel International Plaza (20072012),
consisting of an office building (358 m high) and a hotel (88 m) in Tianjin, China, the Mongolian Museum (20052009)
in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, China, as well as a number of public buildings and residential buildings in Denmark, Hong Kong,
Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Costa Rica.