KPF in Shanghai:
Skyline and Streetscape

Tue, Oct 27, 2009

Opened in August 2008, the 101-story SWFC currently crowns the Pudong skyline and ranks as the world’s third tallest skyscraper. Other major projects in KPF’s significant Shanghai portfolio will be illustrated in a survey by the firm’s leading principals.


William Pedersen is the principal Design Partner of KPF, which he founded in 1976 with A. Eugene Kohn and Sheldon Fox. KPF has earned the Architectural Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Gold Medal of Honor by the New York Chapter of the AIA.
Mr. Pedersen has received the AIA National Honor Award six times in recognition of each of the following projects: 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois (1984); the Procter & Gamble World Headquarters in Cincinnati (1987); the World Bank in Washington D.C. (1998); the New Academic Complex, City University of New York/Baruch College (2003); Westendstrasse 1/DG Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany (1994); and the Gannett/USA Today Headquarters in Virginia (2005).
William Pedersen lectures internationally and serves on academic and professional juries and symposia. He has been a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University, and Harvard University, and he has held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University. He has also been the Otis Lecturer in Japan. He has degrees in architecture from the University of Minnesota and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Clifford Pearson is a deputy editor of Architectural Record. Since joining the magazine in 1989, he has written on a broad range of topics- from individual projects such as the phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, by Zaha Hadid and the Hong Kong International Airport by Foster & Partners to essays on school design and housing. From 1993 to 1997, he edited Record’s annual section on architecture in the Pacific Rim and today he is in charge of the magazine’s Chinese edition and its annual Design Vanguard issue. He is the author of Indonesia: Design and Culture, published by the Monacelli Press in 1998, and the editor of Modern American Houses, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1996 and reissued in 2005.

In 2003, he received a Media Fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and spent two months in Japan examining “Technology and Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” Mr. Pearson holds a master’s degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Cornell University.

James von Klemperer has been responsible for the design of major commissions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has completed award-winning projects in New York City, including the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse and 640 Fifth Avenue. Mr. von Klemperer’s work in China includes Plaza 66 in Shanghai and ZhongGuanCun West, in Beijing. Currently, he is working on Jing An, a mixed-use complex in Shanghai and the master plan for New Songdo City, a 1,500 acre Free Trade Zone in Korea. An ambitious and programmatically diverse development, Songdo includes residential, office, retail, convention center, academic, healthcare, civic, cultural, and other facilities.
Mr. von Klemperer has lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, Miami University, Smith College, and Ecole Speciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris as well as at congresses in Jakarta, Seoul, and Mexico City. He served on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Darien, Connecticut from 1996-2003 and is an active member of ULI as well as the Institute for Urban Design.