Events + Exhibitions

Yung Ho Chang, FAIA: An Inheritance Redux

Friday, January 28, 2022 5:30pm
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Kleinman Energy Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia

The Weitzman School of Design presents "An Inheritance Redux," a lecture by Yung Ho Chang, FAIA, founding partner and principal architect at Atelier Feichang Jianzhu.

There will be a preview of the exhibition from 4:00 - 5:00pm. The preview is open to Penn students, faculty, and staff, as well as visitors who have registered for the opening celebration and/or lecture.

Atelier FCJZ is one of two contemporary architecture firms, along with Amateur Architecture Studio, featured in the two-part exhibition Building in China: A Century of Dialogues on Modern Architecture, which investigates the country’s shifting design practices over a century in which many of its leading practitioners and scholars were educated at Penn. On view at Penn’s Fisher Fine Arts Library January 28 through May 16, the second part of the exhibition explores how contemporary Chinese architects have incorporated and balanced modernity and locality on the small, medium, and large scales, and how their work reflects certain ideals for contemporary Chinese urban and rural societies.

Educated both in China and in the US, Chang received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu with Lijia Lu in 1993. He has won a number of prizes, such as First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1986, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, the Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006, 2016 China Architecture Media Award Excellence in Practice Prize, and Honorary Membership of AIA Hong Kong. Atelier FCJZ has been recognized as one of the 100+ Best Architecture Firms 2019 by Domus magazine, and the Jishou Art Museum won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Architecture Award and the ArchDaily China Building of the Year 2020 Award.

Chang’s work is the subject of a number of books and monographs, including Exhibition as Construction Experiment in English (The Images Publishing Group, 2019), World Architecture special issueThe Modernity of Making: Yung Ho Chang in Chinese/English, Yung Ho Chang/Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice in English/French (Map, 2003) and Yung Ho Chang: Luce chiara, camera oscura in Italian (Postmedia, 2015). He participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture, including six times in the Venice Biennale since 2000. He has taught at various architecture schools in the USA and China; he was a Professor and Founding Head of Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University from 1999 to 2005; he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard GSD in 2002, the Eliel Saarinen Chair at Michigan in 2004, and between 2005 and 2010, he headed the Architecture Department at MIT. He was also a Pritzker Prize Jury member from 2012 to 2017.

Realized through the China Research and Engagement Fund at Penn, Building in China: A Century of Dialogues on Architecture has been supported by Penn Global, Penn Wharton China Center, Architectural Society of Shanghai, Atelier FCJZ, Amateur Architecture Studio, and ArchiDogs. 




If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.