Kohn Pedersen Fox Managing Principal Paul Katz has played a crucial role in the firm’s development into a global leader in architectural practice. Since joining KPF in 1984, Mr. Katz has overseen some of the most exciting and innovative projects undertaken by any firm in the world. He leads KPF’s staff of over 550 people from six offices located around the world.
Mr. Katz has focused on architectural issues of urban density and the important role of high rise structures as the building type of our century. Designing and managing award-winning projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, he has been at the forefront of the globalization of the architectural profession over the last 20 years.
Perhaps the most significant building enterprise Mr. Katz has been responsible for is the Roppongi Hills Project in Tokyo, on which he worked for 14 years. Completed in 2004, the 11-acre project comprises over 6 million square feet, constituting one of the largest mixed- use projects anywhere; its design and realization set a new direction for property development in the global cities of Asia and elsewhere. Designed for Mr. Minoru Mori, this project led directly to the commission of what would become the tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Center, completed in 2007. This year has seen the completion of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong, and the starts of what will become the tallest buildings in a number of Chinese cities, including Beijing.
Mr. Katz has been a strong advocate of the social and artistic merits of the high rise building, particularly in the rapidly growing cities of Asia, but also in London and New York. Currently, Mr. Katz and his colleagues at KPF are designing Hudson Yards in New York for The Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, a development that utilizes many of the concepts developed on projects elsewhere over the past 20 years.
For many years, Mr. Katz taught a summer course on office building design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has lectured at numerous events and conferences in the United States, in Asia, and around the world. Most recently, he has taught a design studio at the Yale School of Architecture. With KPF’s A. Eugene Kohn, he co-authored a book, Building Type Basics for Office Buildings, published by Wiley in 2002. His architectural studies began in his native Capetown, South Africa, and he has degrees in architecture from both the Israel Institute of Technology and Princeton University