Established under the auspices of USC’s School of Architecture, the American Academy in China (AAC) strives to create cross-cultural collaboration between the United States and China by promoting dialogue around design, the built environment, and the arts.
The AAC engages teachers, students, scholars, practicing architects, artists, filmmakers, planners, designers, business people, government officials, and the public in interdisciplinary explorations of the needs and challenges facing China in an era of rapid change. Created in 2007, it has hosted students, professors, and thought leaders from USC and other architecture schools from around the world as they visited China to discover and discuss the country’s rich heritage and dynamic design culture. The Academy has organized symposia, exhibitions, and roundtables on critical issues of design, culture, and the built environment, which have produced numerous publications.
The AAC began awarding a research fellowship in 2016. This annual award is given to a talented individual (or collaboration) involved in architecture, design, the arts, and the built environment.
The AAC is a place of learning, scholarship, and engagement with the complex realities of modern China.
Director, USC American Academy in China
Clifford Pearson is the director of the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China and a lecturer at the USC School of Architecture. From 1989 to 2015, he was an editor at Architectural Record, serving as deputy editor-in-chief for the last 10 years. More....
Professor, USC School of Architecture
Named one of the world’s most influential designers by BusinessWeek, Qingyun Ma’s experience and involvement on an international level make him a leader in the design community with a great understanding of the contemporary issues in global urbanization. More....
Director Emeritus, USC American Academy in China; Associate Professor of Practice, USC School of Architecture
Gary Paige is a principal of GPS (Gary Paige Studio), a Los Angeles-based multi- disciplinary design firm with a diverse portfolio ranging in scale and media from art installations and architecture to furniture and graphic design. More....
Geoffrey von Oeyen
Assistant Professor of Practice, USC School of Architecture
Geoffrey von Oeyen is Principal of Geoffrey von Oeyen Design and Principal/Partner of von Oeyen Architects in Los Angeles, and teaches and coordinates architectural design studios as a faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture. More....