A Director at KPF, Lei Li has over 20 years of experience in the United States and Asia working on a wide range of project types, including master plans, supertall buildings, office, retail, residential and mixed-use developments, and airports. He has developed particular expertise leading the design of projects in China, collaborating with some of the country’s foremost developers and corporations.
Li’s work is rooted in the development of strong, singular concepts, which permeate the project from the basic massing to the finer details of curtain wall design. His work on the CITIC Tower in Beijing centers on the distinctive, curving form of a “zun,” a ritual Chinese vessel, which is expressed within not only the tower massing, but also the interior public spaces, including the dramatic observation deck.
On a neighborhood and district scale, Li focuses on the importance of place-making, attentive to the specificity of the site and cultural context. He also emphasizes the use of human-scaled elements and spaces, seeking to balance the competing qualities of openness and density. In Shenzhen, his work on Chegongmiao Terra City introduces a series of multi-level public spaces, including sunken gardens, terraces, and pavilions, which create valuable public space in the heart of a rapidly densifying district.
Prior to joining KPF, Li worked in Singapore and Australia, acquiring a wide spectrum of design experience covering institutional, office, housing, infrastructural, industrial and urban design projects.