The winner of the 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal is Chinese architect Zhang Ke (born 1970). He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1998 and established ZAO/ standardarchitecture in 2001. This firm is one of China’s leading producers of contemporary architecture.
Ke’s work was exhibited at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. His architecture has also been shown at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum, the MAK Museum Vienna and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Ke has also served as visiting lecturer at Helsinki Design Week in 2010 and 2016
In his work, Ke prefers to use local building materials and techniques, while he favours recycling over demolishing. By combining landscape elements in his work, Ke is able to subtly create harmonious relationships between surrounding terrain and architecture.