James von Klemperer: Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

James von Klemperer: Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

James-von-Klemperer_06James von Klemperer is Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates where he has worked since 1983. He has been responsible for a wide range of program types and scales of projects, from a house to a city. In his work, he follows projects through the full process of design, from conception to completion.

In the United States, Mr. von Klemperer is currently leading the design of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a tall building next to Grand Central Station in New York. His design for the Peterson Institute in Washington DC received an AIA award, as did his project for the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. His other US work includes, the Foley Square Courthouse in New York, and the Park Fifth residential development in Los Angeles, which received a NYAIA award in 2007.

In China, Mr. von Klemperer has completed major mixed use projects, such as Hang Lung Plaza 66 (Shanghai), and Hua Mao China Central Place (Beijing). His Chinese projects in development include Jingan Kerry Center and the Tianjin Riverside 66 retail market, winner of a NYAIA award in 2009.

In Korea, Mr. von Klemperer was the chief designer of the Dongbu Financial Tower, winner of an NYAIA award and the Korean National Architecture Award. He led the master plan for New Songdo City, a 1500-acre town which received the first Green City Award from the ULI in 2007. Within that development, he led the design of several key buildings, including First World residential complex, the International School, and the 100-acre Central Park. His design for the Lotte World Tower is under construction and will rise to 555 meters when completed in 2015.

Mr. von Klemperer has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, Tsinghua, Tongji, Seoul National, and Yonsei Universities, the ESA in Paris, and at Yale, where he taught as Saarinen Visiting Professor. After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, he received his BA from Harvard in 1979. In 1980 he was the Charles Henry Fiske Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge. In 1983, he completed his MArch from Princeton, where he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council. Mr. von Klemperer serves on the Board of Directors of the Skyscraper Museum in New York.