Chinese architect Dong Gong becomes member of French Academy of Architecture
PARIS, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese architect Dong Gong has formally become a foreign member of the French Academy of Architecture.
"Dong Gong first drew our attention for winning the CA'ASI New Chinese Architecture Award in 2010. We have followed his projects ever since and found his work quite impressive. And that is why we decided to welcome him into our academy this year," said Martin Robain, president of the academy, at the installation ceremony on Tuesday night.
Dong Gong gave a speech at the ceremony, in which he thanked the academy for their recognition and introduced some of his recent projects, including one of his most well-known projects in China, the Seashore Library in north China's Hebei Province.
After graduating from Tsinghua University, Dong Gong went on to study architecture in the United States. He returned to China in 2008 and founded Vector Architects in Beijing.
The French Academy of Architecture, which was founded in 1840, is considered one of the most prestigious architecture academies in the world. It is comprised of about 200 members, including more than 50 foreign members.