Dang Qun: The Memory and Spirit of Architecture

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A colorful yellow walkway elevated above a historic 18th-century Siheyuan courtyard

YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten MAD Architects


Born in Shanghai, China, Dang Qun is the core leader of MAD, managing a firm of over 100 architects from around the world. She is responsible for all of MAD's architectural projects, theoretical and cultural development in the firm's practices, and global strategic management and operations.

Dang is involved at every level of MAD's creativity and operations. She oversees all project execution, including the planning and deployment of teams. Her extensive experience in design and construction allows her to actively contribute at all project stages, from inception to completion. Dang is at the forefront of client communication and collaboration from initial concepts to the final products, and ensures all parties are aligned in delivering a unified design vision. She also leads MAD to actively engage and investigate cutting-edge building techniques and technology, facilitating MAD's ever-growing vision and standards.

Dang holds a Master's degree from Iowa State University. She has held a visiting professorship to the Pratt Institute, and an assistant professorship at Iowa State University.

Introduction by Leslie Lok.

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