Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumni 2008


Yung Ho Chang

Yung Ho Chang (M.Arch., 1984)

Principal/Founder, Atelier FCJZ (非常建筑)

Yung Ho Chang’s extensive contributions to contemporary architecture, through his unique interpretation of modern design and definitive approach to Chinese architectural practice, are internationally recognized for their innovation in the global arena of design. His firm, Atelier FCJZ, was Beijing’s first independent architectural firm and has, since its founding in 1993, produced numerous notable projects and installations all over the world. Chang’s work often features a marriage of traditional Chinese building techniques and modern styles of design that are at once aesthetically intriguing and ecologically conscious. His Split House (2002), from the Commune by the Great Wall, is one of his best-known works and a primary example of his concept of design. In 2007, Chang was featured as a member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction, which took place in Shanghai, China. Yung Ho Chang is currently the Professor and Head of Department of Architectural Design at MIT.

The focus of Chang’s work at Atelier FCJZ is primarily contradictory to the current overall trend of architectural design and development in China. Chang regards each project as an individual component within the urban fabric, a microcosm that is sometimes overlooked, but beautiful in that it is at harmony with its surroundings. The contrasts of Chang’s projects to general Chinese architecture are also represented through his explorations of historical and ecologically sound building techniques, which include the usage of rammed earth and reconsideration of the concept of the traditional Chinese courtyard house. Atelier FCJZ has recently began branching into the field of urban design, where Chang and his firm work to counter the negative effects of urbanization in order to “define the spatial and architectural qualities and cultural identity of a city.”

Born in Beijing, Yung Ho Chang first studied architecture at the Nanjing Institute of Technology. After arriving in the United States in 1983, he received a B.S. in environmental design from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Chang continued his education in architectural design at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design, where he received his Master of Architecture. In 1999, Chang started the Graduate School of Architecture at Peking University. He has held teaching positions at Ball State University, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Rice University, Peking University, Harvard University, and Tongji University. In 2006 he was awarded the Business Week/Architectural Record China Award for Villa Shizilin and in 2000 won the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts.


Bimal Patel

Bimal H. Patel (M.Arch. and M.C.P., 1987; Ph.D. City Planning, 1995)

Partner and Managing Director, HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd. (HCPDPM)

Bimal Patel, is a highly influential proponent of design, planning, and development management in rapidly developing India. He has dedicated twenty years of working in the field to India’s development, garnering both national and international acclaim.

As Partner and Managing Director of HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd. (HCPDPM), he oversaw the success of the 48-year-old firm’s projects in architecture and urban design amidst evolving demands that come with modernization. Founded by his father Hasmukh C. Patel in 1960, HCPDPM was and still is renowned for its premier services in architecture, urban design, interior design, furniture design, and project management throughout India. Some of Patel’s recent projects for HCPDPM include the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project (ongoing), the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad (2006), and the P & O Ports Township in Mundra (2002).

Bimal Patel founded the Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC) in 1996 to organize focus on India’s urban and regional planning. The not-for-profit company’s multidisciplinary team collaborates with state development officials on various projects and the improvement policies and legislation. Patel’s latest projects in the EPC include Streaming Urban Planning and Land Management (SUPLM) for GUDC in 2007, Building Byelaws and Planning Legislation for Delhi (MCD) in 2004, and Town Planning Schemes for the city of Ahmedabad (ongoing).

Bimal Patel is also a director of Geographis, a company that takes EPC’s goals ones step further by working to improve the uses and implementation of cartographic methods in urban and regional planning. Patel’s involvement with Geographis is evident in projects such as the development of a Business Intelligence System (GIS) for Mother Dairy, GCMMFLtd. (2004), a Web Application for Online Building Plan and Use Approvals, AMC (2004), and GIS for village level planning information, 10 Talukas, for VIKAS and MAHITI (2004).

Bimal Patel’s dedication to these three companies has earned him and the firms numerous awards: the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Urban Design and Planning (2003), the Indian Institute of Architects Award (2002), and the UNCHA Global 100 Best Practices Award (1998), to name a few.


Barrie Rokeach

Photo: Alex Washburn, The Chronicle

Barrie Rokeach (M.A. Design, 1974)

Photographer, Aerial/Terrestrial Photography

With more than 30 years’ experience in professional photography—a specialist in aerial photography—Barrie Rokeach has been showcased in solo exhibitions at the Oakland Museum, the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the Syntex Gallery in Palo Alto and the Ryder Gallery in Chicago. He has also participated in group shows in such venues as the Scott Nichols Gallery and the Transamerica Corporation in San Francisco. His works are in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the California Museum of Science and Industry, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, among others.

As a commercial photographer, some of his clients include—ABC TV. Aetna, American President Lines, Canon, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Esprit, Fluor, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Grey, Grubb & Ellis, Kaiser, Kodak, McCann Erickson, Mojo, Nike, Pacific Telesis, Pentagram, Prudential, Raytheon, Hal Riney, Sharper Image, Shell, SimuFlite, Tandem, Tosco, Transamerica, University of California, and the YMCA.

Within the publishing industry, his work has illustrated countless books and international publications. He is the author of a portfolio of his work, Timescapes: California Aerial Images (Westcliffe, CO, 1989) and Kodak Guide to Aerial Photography (Kodak, NY, 1996) a comprehensive guide that appeals to those wishing to explore opportunities in aerial photography and pilots seeking better results when they take pictures from the cockpit.