Eddie Opara in conversation with Eric Chang

The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium

MIT Architecture | Fall 2020 Lecture Series
Eddie Opara and Eric Chang: The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium
7:00 PM, webcast

This symposium will explore intersections of design and architecture with a focus on Media’s capacity to bring people together in public space and its role in society and in civic design. How do architecture and graphic design communicate to communities, alone and together? The conversation evolves out of a collaboration between Opara and Chang, a dynamic seven-story digital installation at MahaNakhon, Bangkok‘s tallest tower. While rooted in a specific collaboration, the conversation’s themes of diversity, identity, media, and public space are particularly relevant at a time in which all these issues, and their intersections, are being re-examined and re-thought. 

After their presentation, Opara and Chang will be joined by Department Head Nicholas de Monchaux and Designer Miko McGinty for a discussion. Watch the webcast or stream it on Facebook.

Eddie Opara in conversation with Eric Chang

Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010.

Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media.

His clients have included lululemon athletica, re-inc, OPPO, Samsung, Dashlane, SFMOMA, The Baffler, The New Republic, Hisense, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Grace Farms, the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, ShOp Architects, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Grimshaw Architects, (ARO) Architecture Research Office, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press.

Eric Chang is Partner at Büro Ole Scheeren and has been collaborating on the management and design of numerous projects with Ole Scheeren for over 15 years. Eric is an American with a Bachelor in Philosophy and Fine Arts and received his Master of Architecture from Yale University.

At Buro-OS, Eric Chang manages the operations of many of the ongoing projects, including the Guardian Art Center in Beijing; MahaNakhon in Bangkok; the large-scale urban development DUO in Singapore; 1500 West Georgia and Barclay Village in Vancouver; and Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City. Previous projects with Ole Scheeren at OMA include The Interlace, The Scotts Tower, the Beijing Books Building, as well as the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles.

After completing his master’s degree, Eric Chang joined Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York where he worked on the design of the Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, the Helmut Lang and Yves Saint Laurent boutiques in New York, as well as the Light Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Peacekeeper’s Memorial at the UN headquarters in New York. Between 2004 and 2010, Eric was an Associate at OMA and General Manager of OMA’s Beijing office.