Executive Briefing | Qun Dang, MAD Architects (Sydney)


China's thriving art, design and architecture practices are going global

Image courtesy of MAD Architects

Image courtesy of MAD Architects

What can Australian cities learn from MAD Architects?

At a time when economic and diplomatic relations are strained between China and the United States, Canada, Australia and many other nations, we see the exchange of art, culture and design thriving. With this in mind, Asia Society Australia is delighted to host an Executive Briefing with Qun Dang, Principal Architect at MAD Architects, China. At the helm of one of China’s best internationally known architecture firms, Qun and her contemporaries are leading the charge in taking Chinese design to the world.

The MAD design philosophy, "Shanshui City", is grounded in the concept of creating cities that respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of its residents. Drawing from nature, earth and the sky for inspiration, the shan (mountain) shui (water)  practice is about inventing a new topography for modern high rise architecture.

Join us at this roundtable briefing as we explore the "Shanshui City" philosophy and how it might apply to Australian cities and hear Qun's observations on how China's thriving art, design and architecture practices are going global. 

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019 

Venue: Sydney CBD

This event is by invitation only, with places limited and preference is given to Asia Society Australia lead members and invited stakeholders. If you're unsure, please contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org for further information. 



About Our Speaker 

Qun Dang, Principal Architect, MAD Architects 

Qun Dang, MAD Architects

Qun holds a Master’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University and received a Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architects in 2000. Dang’s academic career includes a visiting professorship at Pratt Institute and assistant professor at Iowa State University.

Dang is closely involved in each process of MAD’s series of projects, including Absolute Towers, Ordos Museum, Chaoyang Park Plaza, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, Harbin Opera House, China Philharmonic Concert Hall and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, etc.

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About MAD Architects

Founded in Beijing in 2004 by Ma Yansong, MAD Architects is known for the way it interprets the contemporary world through design. The studio is now one of the best-known young Chinese architectural studios world-wide: in 2008 ICON magazine included it among the 20 most influential young architectural studios today. Now led by Ma Yansong, Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano, MAD Architects has been awarded a scholarship by the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and won the Architecture League Young Architects Award in 2006.

Asia Society Australia’s Executive Briefings are a curated series of meetings presented by diplomats, business leaders and subject matter experts from Asia and Australia. Designed to offer a deep dive into the critical issues of the day, to an audience of senior executives from the business, political, educational and cultural institutions that make up the Asia Society network. 

Event Details

Thu 17 Oct 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

Sydney, CBD

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