"Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix are cofounders of Map Office, a collaborative studio incolved in cross-disciplinary projects that incorporate architecture and the visual arts. Map Office projects have been exhibited in several international exhibitions, including the seventh Architecture Venice Biennale. Laurent Gutierrez is assistant professor of design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Valerie Potefaix is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Hong Kong."
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing, China. He lived in the U.S. from 1981 to 1993, whereupon he returned to his homeland. His work has been exhibited internationally in group shows in New York, Sweden, Korea, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. He lives with his family in Xinjiang, China.