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"In the international perception, there often seems to be a Chinese architectural project that is icon-making and turns out to be essentially a formal proposition. However, just like the rest of the world, contemporary China is confronted by pressing issues from rapid urbanization to climate change. China also deals with its own unique problems, such as the great cultural transition. My Beijing-based practice has been attempting to take on some of these Chinese and/or universal challenges and treat them as opportunities for the firm and perhaps for other architects working in China."- Yung Ho Chang
One of China's most accomplished contemporary architects and the founding head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University, Yung Ho Chang is Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Masters of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and taught in the U.S. for 15 years before returning to Beijing to establish one of the first independent practices in China, Atelier FCJZ.