Zhizhe Yu

AI SpaceFactory, Co-Founder and Managing Director | New York City, United States


Zhizhe Yu is co-founder and managing director of AI SpaceFactory. In addition to pioneering the company’s growth in China, Zhizhe founded AI’s China office in Shanghai, where she leads a team of architects on several city-defining projects. Trained as both an architect and urban designer, she relishes a hands-on approach to making spaces which contribute to cities and to society.

During her professional career, Zhizhe has managed projects totaling over two million square meters completed or currently under construction. Among them, the 599-meter tall PingAn Finance Center (PAFC) in Shenzhen is one of the most significant achievements, for which she manages an international multidisciplinary design team in multiple locations. Zhizhe has been committed to the project for 9 years from its very beginning during her service at Kohn Pedersen Fox, and as project director, played a key instrumental…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


Future Leaders Committee, Shanghai, Co-Chair (2017 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016)

Young Professionals Committee, Shanghai, Co-Chair (2017 – 2018)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (China 2016)

Annual Conference, Panel Moderator (Middle East 2018)


17 October 2016

Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District

Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Zhizhe Yu of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen of Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang of Shenzhen Public...


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19 September 2012

Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures

David Malott & Zhizhe Yu, KPF; Dennis Poon & Torsten Gottlebe, Thornton Tomasetti

Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center - set to become the second tallest structure in the world and the tallest in China...


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