James von Klemperer

KPF, President & Design Principal | New York City, United States

About

James von Klemperer FAIA RIBA is President & Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he leads a staff of over 750 architects in nine global offices. He has led the design of projects across many typologies and scales, from city plans, to towers and academic buildings. His work focuses on promoting social connection through creating shared spaces. The recently completed One Vanderbilt Avenue links Midtown Manhattan’s tallest office building to the transit hub of Grand Central.

In addition to his work as a designer, James von Klemperer has taught courses on the value of design at Columbia University in New York City, and graduate studios at Yale University.

CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2006; New York 2015; China 2016; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Shanghai 2014; Middle East 2018; Middle East 2018)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018; Shenzhen 2019)

Videos

21 October 2018

A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism: The Atlantis and Other Projects

The tall building community is evolving past pure aesthetic impact and satisfying real-estate pro-formas, into an integrative practice that weaves skyscrapers into our increasingly diverse...

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Research

22 August 2022

Livable Density: The Hybrid Office Building

James von Klemperer & Andrew Cleary, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The recently completed One Vanderbilt Avenue tower has become the standard bearer for one of New York City’s most ambitious zoning initiatives of the past...

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Research

25 April 2019

Was CTBUH Right to Change Evaluation Categories for “Best Tall Building”?

James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Michael Hensley, Pickard Chilton

One of the most significant changes to the CTBUH Awards program this year is that of the “Best Tall Building” evaluation from regional to height...

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