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James von Klemperer

David Malott

James von Klemperer, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
David Malott, Senior Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
“Symbiosis: Supertalls and Future Cities”

KPF has designed some of the most iconic tall buildings around the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre which won the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Award. With supertalls at heights of 500-meters and above completed or underway in six Asian cities, Jamie von Klemperer and David Malott will discuss emerging patterns in the design of this new building prototype and its place within the urban, social, and environmental context, from Shanghai and Shenzhen’s existing CBDs to entirely new cities such as Songdo City and Meixi Lake.


1983       Master of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, Princeton University
1980       Bachelor of Architecture, Trinity College, Cambridge (UK) (Charles Henry Fiske Scholarship)
1979       Bachelor of Arts, History and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University

Experience and Qualifications
James von Klemperer has more than 25 years of experience in the design of mixed-use, office, hotel, residential and civic/cultural facilities, as well as master planning for urban and waterfront developments. A Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates since 1998, Mr. von Klemperer has been responsible for the design of major commissions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, attending to projects from conception to completion. Under his direction, many of the firm’s projects have been recognized with design awards, including several Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

His work in Asia has encompassed a number of mixed-use projects for Hang Lung, including Shanghai’s Plaza 66, which contains nearly two million square feet of office space and 500,000 square feet of high-end retail space; the Tianjin Hang Lung Plaza 66, comprising over 1.4 million square feet of retail and entertainment space; and two developments in Shenyang featuring office, retail, residential and hotel components. Currently, Mr. von Klemperer is also working on the Jing An Shangri-La in Shanghai, which includes two office and hotel towers, hotel facilities, a convention center, and various dining and retail amenities.

In Seoul, Mr. von Klemperer is currently leading the design of the Jamsil Lotte Tower—a 555-meter-tall super high-rise development that will house a mix of office, hotel, residential, retail and entertainment functions. The tower’s iconic form takes inspiration from traditional Korean art forms. Additional projects under Mr. von Klemperer’s design direction in Asia include the 600,000-square-foot Bank Niaga Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia; the Hua Mao Center mixed-use office, retail, hotel and residential project, located in Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD); the Shanghai Pudong Kerry Centre, a mixed-use office, retail and residential gateway to the International Expo; and the Beijing Science Technology Park, an office and technology center with convention/exhibition space and adjoining hotel and retail that is the signature centerpiece of China’s “Silicon Valley”. Mr. von Klemperer also oversaw the design of the Dongbu Financial Center in Seoul Korea, winner of an Honor Award from the AIA New York Chapter and the Korean National Architecture Award.

Mr. von Klemperer has also been responsible for leading significant urban planning and design projects throughout Asia, including the New Songdo City in Incheon, Korea, and the Meixi Lake development in China’s Hunan Province.

The 1,500-acre waterfront master plan for New Songdo City aims to create a pedestrian friendly city with an urban density that will include buildings ranging from 4 to 65 stories providing over 20,000 high-quality living units for 60,000 residents. Construction began in 2004 and will be completed in 2015. In addition to the master plan, he is currently overseeing design teams for multiple projects in New Songdo City, including the Convention Center (ConvensiA), the Songdo K-12 International School, an 100-acre “Central Park”, and various mixed-use residential and retail projects. The master plan has been honored with a number of awards, including the Urban Land Institute’s Sustainable Cities Award and the HKIA People’s Choice Award for Urban Design.

The Meixi Lake development aims to become a new model for development through a holistic strategy that employs advanced environmental engineering, pedestrian planning, cluster zoning, and garden integration. Covering 1,600 acres, Meixi Lake will be home to 180,000 inhabitants and will provide sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture, entertainment and convention. 

In addition, Mr. von Klemperer has designed buildings for civic and cultural institutions such as the Ilsan Cultural Center in Seoul, the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, winner of an AIA award in 2001.

Mr. von Klemperer received a Bachelor of Architecture from Trinity College in Cambridge, England, where he was awarded the Charles Henry Fiske Scholarship, and he received his Master of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University. A Registered Architect in the State of New York, Mr. von Klemperer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


1996       Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Experience and Qualifications
David Malott is the Senior Designer of some of the firm’s most high-profile and innovative projects including the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center, awarded the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2008, and the 490-meter International Commerce Center in Kowloon, Hong Kong.  Mr. Malott also played a key role on the design of Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, which has been globally recognized as a new model for mixed-use urban development. 

With over 12 years of project experience in China, Mr. Malott has focused on the relationship of the high-rise building with the public realm, combining his design and technical expertise with an understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental dynamics of China’s emerging cities.  In addition to his building designs, Mr. Malott has led the master planning of urban renewal projects in the central business districts of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Chongqing.        

Presently, Mr. Malott is leading the design team for the 588-meter Ping An International Finance Center in Shenzhen, China.  With a floor area of over 460,000 square meters and 115 storeys above grade, the PAIFC will be the world’s largest office building when completed in 2015.  The PAIFC is targeting LEEDS Gold certification.       

Additional projects in design or construction include the Cheung Kong Center and Citic Pacific Ruibo Towers, Shanghai, and One Central Macau, a mixed-use residential and retail waterfront development anchored by an iconic Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
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