Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2005, he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman In 2000, Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize. In 2008, Time put him in their top 100 of The World's Most Influential People.
Named one of the world’s most influential designers by BusinessWeek, Qingyun Ma’s experience and involvement on an international level make him a leader in the design community with a great understanding of contemporary issues in global urbanization. Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where he has enhanced the program by developing the School’s ties with China and launching a number of global initiatives.
Dr. Mark Breitenberg
Dr. Mark Breitenberg is the Special Assistant to the President at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, formerly the Dean. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Provost at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In 2009, he became the President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the largest design body in the world, representing organizations compromised of over 300,000 design professionals, educators and promoters. At Icsid, Dr. Breitenberg launched the World Design Impact Prize and was the chair of the World Design Capital selection committee.
Mr. Feng Deng co-founded Northern Light Venture Capital (NLVC) in 2005. Prior to NLVC, he served as vice president of corporate strategy at Juniper Networks. He was previously a co-founder of NetScreen Technologies, which went public on NASDAQ and was later acquired by Juniper Networks in 2004 for US$ 4.2 billion. Feng is recipient of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2002) and CRN Innovator of the Year (2003) awards. He has extensive technical and managerial experiences in computer, communication and data networking industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Tsinghua University Foundation, and the member of Asia Council of the Wharton School.
David Greenberg is trained as an architect and urban designer. He spends half his time in Maui and half in China in pursuit of Sustainable Ruralism, an integrated approach to helping rural culture in an ecological way. He is associated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ecological and Environmental Division as a board member of Intecopolis and gives lectures throughout major Chinese cities on ecological matters.
Clifford Pearson is the director of the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China and a lecturer at the USC School of Architecture. From 1989 to 2015, he was an editor at Architectural Record, serving as deputy editor-in-chief for the last 10 years. He oversaw the magazine’s coverage of Asia, acting as editor-in-charge of its China edition, 2008-2013, and its annual Pacific Rim section, 1993-1997. At the magazine, he wrote on a broad range of topics—from individual projects such as the MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid and the new Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano to essays on school design and housing. He serves as a director of Asia Design Forum, a nonprofit think tank that organizes events and generates dialogue among the design community and the general public. He is the author of Indonesia: Design and Culture, published by the Monacelli Press in 1998, and the editor of Modern American Houses, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1996 and reissued in 2005. In 2003, he received a Media Fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and spent two months in Japan examining “Technology and Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” In 2004 and 2006, he was the co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Mr. Pearson holds a master's degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Cornell University.