Yung Ho Chang: Smallness

Yung Ho Chang delivers a Current Work lecture on his past projects.

April 2, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Atelier FCJZ | 10-Year Museum, Anren, China, 2012. Credit: He Shu

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Yung Ho Chang of Atelier FCJZ will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a moderated conversation with Calvin Tsao.

Yung Ho Chang is a founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), established in 1993. Since its inception FCJZ has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice, emphasizing the craft of design, whether through research or realized projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts, creating work described as “witty, thoughtful, and universal … inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts,” by Beijing museum director Philip Tinari.

Current and recent projects include the Vertical Glass House, Beijing; Audi House, Shanghai; Kings Joy Restaurant, Beijing; the 1966-1976 Major Events Pavilion (also known as the Museum-Bridge) in Anren, China; The Bay residential complex, Shanghai; and the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo.

A professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, and a professor and former head of the Architecture Department at MIT, Chang, who was educated in China and the United States, was also a professor and founding head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University. He currently serves on the Pritzker Prize Committee.

Chang has received numerous awards, including first place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, and the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, and in 2012 was the subject of the exhibition, YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. The installation featured six courtyard-like modules, reminiscent of an updated hutong neighborhood, organized thematically to address different theoretical and pragmatic aspects of the firm’s work within the contemporary landscape. As Chang describes, “The rapid change in China presents a group of conditions; some are problems and others are conditions that can be made good use of … I always study these conditions and see whether I can come up with something that really belongs to this land.”

Moderated by Calvin Tsao. Tsao is a principal of TsAO & McKOWN and serves on The Architectural League’s board of directors.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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