近日，南加州大學建築學院院長馬清運被商務週刊（Business Week）評選為“世界最有影響力的設計師”之一。在獲得這一榮譽的27名傑出設計師中，馬院長是唯一來自中國的獲獎者。其它的獲獎者包括Apple iPod、iPhone的設計者Jonathan Ive，Nintendo Wii的設計者Shigeru Miyamoto等。馬清運是清華大學建築系88屆校友，南加州清華校友會顧問。
World's Most Influential Designers
As China undergoes an extraordinary period of evolution, its architecture has also changed dramatically. One architect who is influential both within and outside the ancient nation is Ma, 44, who has worked on numerous large projects in China and who acted as planning expert for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Ma's Shanghai firm, MADA s.p.a.m., is focused on producing eye-catching buildings such as the soon-to-be-completed Xian Television complex, while the firm's work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He is currently dean of the architecture school at the University of Southern California.