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Yung Ho Chang Appointed Chair of MIT Architecture School

Yung Ho Chang has been appointed Chair of the School of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Chang is currently principal of Atelier FCJZ, Mainland China’s first private architecture firm, and head of the graduate architecture program at Peking University.

Before establishing Atelier FCJZ in 1993 in his hometown of Beijing, Chang taught in the US at Ball State University, the University of Michigan and Rice University. He was educated at Nanjing University and Ball State University, and received his Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of California-Berkeley. He was the 2002 Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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Chang plans to keep his office in Beijing and open up a new one in Cambridge as he hopes to continue with his practice, which is primarily doing work in China. Atelier FCJZ has nine projects going into construction this year in China, Korea and Japan.

“There is a lot of work to do to make it work,” admits Chang, whose appointment will soon be finalized by MIT’s faculty in time for him to begin for the fall 2005 term.

“MIT has made a very good offer,” says Chang, “and there will be room to try out different possibilities.”

Daniel Elsea