March 8, 2005
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 Chinas 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 Masters of Architecture degree from the University
of California-Berkeley. He was the 2002 Kenzo Tange Chair
at Harvards Graduate School of Design.
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
There is a lot of work to do to make it work,
admits Chang, whose appointment will soon be finalized by
MITs faculty in time for him to begin for the fall 2005
MIT has made a very good offer, says Chang, and
there will be room to try out different possibilities.