James von Klemperer

KPF, President | New York City, United States

About

James von Klemperer FAIA RIBA is President & Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, where he is responsible for leading a staff of over 700 architects in nine offices across the globe.

Since joining KPF in 1983, von Klemperer has planned and designed projects of all scales, from small residential projects to master plans for entire cities. A major focus of his work has been to heighten the role that large developments play in making urban space. This commitment to urban place-making is expressed in his work around the world in such projects as One Vanderbilt in New York City, which links Midtown's tallest tower directly to Grand Central Terminal; WINDOW La Défense, a dramatic transformation of an existing office building in Paris; and, at a larger scale, his design for New Songdo City in Incheon, South Korea, which extends this challenge to the scope of urban planning. Each of…

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CTBUH Designated Expert

CTBUH Roles

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

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

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

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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Research

20 October 2018

Royal Atlantis, Dubai: A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism

James von Klemperer & Elie Gamburg, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Royal Atlantis innovates on typical high-rise hotel and residential design by introducing substantial areas of true open space into all areas of the tower...

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