Founded MADA s.p.a.m. in 1996 by Qingyun Ma. The architectural firm has to date built over 1,204,000 square meters. In 2000, MADA s.p.a.m. formally established itself in Beijing, moving to Shanghai the following year. Included amongst MADA s.p.a.m’s works are Qingpu Community Island in Shanghai, the Centennial TV and Radio Center in Xi’an, and Tianyi Square in Ningbo.
Ma taught architecture in China at Shenzhen University, Tongji University, and Nanjing University; in Europe at the Berlage, the ETH, the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and in Germany; and in the United States at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. In October 2006, Ma became the Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture.
Ma acted as the curator for the 2007 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.