Robert Whitlock

KPF, Principal | New York City, United States

About

Robert Whitlock is a Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose focus on the design of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans has been as much about enhancing the urban experience as about shaping individual buildings.

Since beginning professional practice, Whitlock has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the “global city.” Most recently, Whitlock designed the 528-meter tall CITIC Tower, the tallest tower completed in 2018 and the tallest building in Beijing. Inspired by the form of a traditional Chinese ritualistic artifact – the “zun” – CITIC Tower is a new icon of the capital city, with transit connections and an observation deck that brings the public into the space.

Other high-rise projects designed by Whitlock…

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CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (China 2016)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018; Shenzhen 2019; Chicago 2020)

Student Competition Second-Round Jury, Chair (2016)

Videos

10 April 2019

Ceremonial Influences Form a Modern Flagship Building for Beijing’s CBD

China Zun is the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. Its gently rising and curving form embodies the historic capital’s...

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Videos

31 May 2018

The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity

The Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) is a transit-integrated, 600-meter-tall building that occupies a major node in the increasingly connected megacity of Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou....

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Research

16 September 2014

Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing

Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup

China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its...

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