Founded in Spring 2018, the Architecture China Foundation is a non-profit organization based in New York that is dedicated to evangelizing Chinese architecture and architects to the world. In pursuit of this goal of becoming a vehicle for exchange and communication, the Foundation collaborates with a variety of prominent academic and professional architectural groups, as well as esteemed architects, in both China and the United States.
The Images Publishing Group, established in 1983, is one of the world’s most prestigious international publishers of architecture and design titles, and provides a global platform that has influenced and showcased the world’s leading and emerging architects and designers for four decades. Its trove of books showcases the best and most sustainable urban habitats and built environments, while satisfying an innovative and contemporary, yet timeless, aesthetic for good design. IMAGES is headquartered in Melbourne but has writers and editors working worldwide.
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Board of Advisors
Xiangning Li | Chairman
Xiangning Li is a Deputy Dean and Professor of History, Theory, and Criticism at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a member of CICA (Comité International des Critiques d’Archiecture) and has published widely on contemporary Chinese architecture and urbanism in international architectural magazines including Architectural Review, A+U, Architectural Record, Arquitectura Viva, Space, Domus, and Volume. Xiangning has also been a visting scholar at MIT, a fellow at the MAK Center of Art and Architecture, and a visting professor at TU Darmstadt.
Amale Andraos is New York-based architect and the Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has taught at numerous universities, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Princeton Unviersity School of Architecture, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. In 2003, she co-founded WORKac, an architectural and urban design practice that has since received international recognition for its competition-winning designs. She holds a B.Arch from McGill University and a M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Yung Ho Chang
Yung Ho Chang is a Chinese-American architect and a Professor at MIT, where he previously served as the Head of the university’s Department of Architecture. He studied at the Nanjing Institute of Technology before moving to the United States where he received his M.Arch from UC Berkeley. After teaching for 15 years, he returned to Beijing to establish Atelier FCJZ, China’s first private architecture firm. Before coming to MIT, Yung also served as the Kenzo Tange Chair Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Elil Saarinen Chair Professor at the University of Michigan.
Beatrice Galilee is the first full-time curator for architecture and design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, Beatrice specializes in the dissemination of architecture through media, curatorial practice, research, editing, and teaching. She has curated a number of exhibitions and experimental design projects across Europe and Asia, and has also served as the co-founder and director of The Gopher Hole, an exhibition and project space in London.
Wenyu Lu is the co-founder of the Amateur Architecture Studio with her husband Wang Shu. The studio, whose name was chosen as a rebuke of the “professional yet soulless” architecture commonly practiced in China (often at the cost of the large-scale demolition of older urban neighborhoods), focuses on craft-based and traditional architecture practices. In 2010, Wenyu and her husband Shu Wang were awarded the German Schelling Architecture Prize. Wenyu studied architecture at the Nanjing Institute of Technology and has also taught courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Jorge Otero-Pailos is a Professor and the Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. His work has been commissioned by and exhibited at major museums, foundations, and biennials, including the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Louis Vuitton Galerie Museum. Jorge is also the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior, author of Architecture’s Historical Turn, and a routine contributor to scholarly journals and books. He holds a B.Arch from Cornell University and a Ph.D from MIT.
Ming Tong is a Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University and the founding principal of TM Studio, a leading architectural firm based in Shanghai. He received a Master’s in Architecture from Southeast University (formerly the Nanjing Institute of Technology) and a Ph.D from Tongji University thereafter. As a scholar, Ming has focused on both theoretical research and practical work in the field of architecture and urban planning; he has published over 30 academic books and papers on that subject in his tenure as a professor.
Shu Wang is the co-founder of the Amateur Architecture Studio, which is largely considered to be at the forefront of reestablishing contemporary Chinese architecture. In 2012, he became the first Chinese citizen to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, generally considered to be the world’s highest honor for architects. In 2011, he was also awarded the Gold Prize by the France Architecture Academy. In 2013, he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine. Shu studied architecture at the Nanjing Institute of Technology and received a Ph.D from Tongji University.
Vincent Accettola | Interim Executive Director
Beyond his duties at the Architecture China Foundation, Vincent is also the Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China), which had its Carnegie Hall debut with Yuja Wang in Summer 2017. In 2014, Vincent was elected at age 20 to serve as a member on the Board of Education for Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey’s largest regional school district, serving 11,000 students across eight municipalities. Vincent holds a B.S. in Psychology & Neuroscience and Political Science from Yale University and a M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
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