Ma Xiaowei received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Forestry University in 1986, majoring in garden design. He received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1989. He then began his career with Ellerbe Becket, which is an international architectural, engineering, and construction firm, where he collaborated with Cliff Garton for the Saint Paul Cultural Garden project.
In 1993, he joined architectural, landscape architectural, and planning firm Sasaki Associates in Boston office where he worked on projects such as the Central Indianapolis Riverfront. In 2001, Ma went back to China and founded AGER. His 25 years of practice in international design enabled him to compare western and eastern designs from various aspects and integrate traditional Chinese garden culture with green and low-carbon international design philosophies.
Ma is the president and principal of AGER GROUP. He also serves as trustee of the Shanghai Landscape Committee, guest professor at Tsinghua University, and associate of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota.