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Curators Profiles

The biographies of the three curators are

Friedrich Ludewig is a Director of ACME, overseeing the design work across all projects in the office. He studied at the Technical University and Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin before moving to London where he received his Diploma in Architecture with Distinction (Honours) from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2001. Between 2000 and 2007 he worked as Associate Director at Foreign Office Architects (London/Tokyo), where he was responsible for a wide range of projects including Umraniye Meydan Istanbul, John Lewis Leicester, Ravensbourne College and the BBC Music Centre in White City. Between 2004 and 2007 he led the FOA team working on the London Olympics Masterplan, park and infrastructure commission.

ACME was founded in 2007 and has grown into an international practice with over 70 architects, working on 160 projects in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and interior projects for private, corporate and public clients in 19 countries. Notable completed projects include Hunsett Mill (2009), Beirut City Centre (2011), Doha Corniche (2012), Melbourne Eastland (2015), Leeds Eastgate (2016) and Watermark Southampton (2016).

Friedrich has taught and lectured as a Visiting Critic at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (2003-2005), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2005), Darmstadt University (2009), Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2007-08), The Bartlett UCL (2008-11), Royal College of Art in London (2016) and the Architectural Association.

Patrik Schumacher is a Partner of Zaha Hadid Architects where he has been since 1988. He is a company director and Senior Designer, involved alongside Zaha Hadid herself in all projects during their period together. He maintains an active role in the  development throughout the design phases.

He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the Southbank University in London. He completed his architectural diploma and received his degree Dipl Ing from Stuttgart University in 1990. He also studied philosophy at Bonn and London Universities. In 1999, he received his PhD at the Institute for Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.

He has been teaching at various architectural schools in Britain, Continental Europe and the USA since 1992 and a co-director of the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association School of Architecture since 1996. He has co-taught a series of post-graduate option studios with Zaha Hadid at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Currently he is tenured Professor at Innsbruck University

His completed projects include the MAXXI Centre of Contemporary Art and Architecture, Rome, which won the Stirling prize in 2010 and one of the practice’s first completed constructions, the Vitra Fire Station (1992). He is currently involved in several master plan projects, including Kartal Pendik in Istanbul and Singapore One North.

His contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture is also evident in his published works and available on www.patrikschumacher.com

The Practice has been invited to create a show in the Palazzo Franchetti during the 15th Architecture Biennale.

He has been the most frequent contributor to the Dark Side Club having attended more that 50% of the evenings and has previously curated an evening in 2008. 

MA Yansong is the 
Founder & Principal Partner of MAD Architects

Beijing-born architect he is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project.

He leads design across various scales within the practice. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through new forms of architecture.

Since designing the “Floating Island” in 2002, Ma has been exploring this idea through an international practice.  At MAD, Ma has created a series of imaginative works, including Absolute Towers, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, China Wood Sculpture Museum, Fake Hills, etc. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culture landmark.

Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring with the public the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and art works.

In 2006, Ma was awarded the “Young Architects Award” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2008 he was selected as one of the “20 Most Influential Young Architects” by ICON magazine. Fast Company respectively named him one of the “10 Most Creative People in Architecture in 2009” and one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014.” In 2010 he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship. In 2014 he was awarded “Young Global Leaders (YGL)” by World Economic Forum. In 2012, his iconic project “Absolute Towers,” two residential towers in Mississauga, Canada was named the “Best Tall Building in the Americas” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Ma graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. He is currently a professor in Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

He has been a frequent contributor to the Dark Side Club having attended a number of editions and has previously presented a session in 2008.