President and Design Principal
Kohn Pedersen Fox

Since joining KPF in 1983, James von Klemperer has worked across all of the firm’s various scales, from small residential projects to master plans for entire cities. Like KPF, von Klemperer has found a specialty in office buildings and headquarters campuses including One Vanderbilt, now rising in midtown Manhattan, and Harbin Bank Headquarters, a group of buildings that collectively form a unified home for the Chinese bank.

A major focus of von Klemperer’s work has been to heighten the role that large buildings play in making urban space. He has explored this theme in major projects across the world, including the Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, One Vanderbilt in New York, and a major mixed-use project in Luxembourg. Each of these projects generates strong symbiotic relationships between program space and the public realm.

Von Klemperer’s designs have been recognized for the marriage of efficient program with adventurous form. His award-winning design for the Riverside 66 retail center in Tianjin, China introduces the vibrant setting of a Chinese urban market into a curving, concrete-ribbed megastructure.

Von Klemperer has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, Tsinghua, Tongji, Seoul National, and Yonsei Universities, the ESA in Paris, AMO in Lyon, and at Yale, where he taught as an Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor. He also spoke at the fourth Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability in 2015, hosted in Hong Kong. Von Klemperer serves on the Board of Directors of the Skyscraper Museum, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Urban Design Forum. He is also a Trustee of Bard College.


Sep 13

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Opening Keynote

08:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Guinness Storehouse

James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal of the global architectural practice Kohn Pedersen Fox, will offer insights into how thriving spaces can be created and on the current evolution of cities and places, looking…