Left to right: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, and Yosuke Hayano from MAD Aarchitects
Founded in 2004 by Chinese architect Ma Yansong (b. 1975), later joined by China’s Dang Qun and Japan’s Yosuke Hayano as principal partners, MAD Architects is one of the most renowned young architectural firms in the world.
Based in Bejing, Los Angeles, and New York, MAD is highly appreciated for its designs which combine organic forms, often inspired by nature, and technically-innovative solutions, particularly in the creative the use of materials such as stainless steel (China Wood Museum) and polished aluminum (Ordos Museum).
In 2014, MAD was selected to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, thus becoming the first Chinese architectural firm to create a major cultural building overseas.