Inkai Mu has more than 30 years of experience in architectural design and project management. Since joining Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in 1999, he has worked on a variety of project types in the United States and Asia. As a principal of the firm, he plays a key role in KPF’s projects throughout China and the surrounding region, stressing that successful urban development integrate programmatic diversity and density at varying scales.
As an avid proponent of urban density, Inkai recently managed the design of the 660-meter-tall Ping An International Finance Centre in Shenzhen, which became the world’s tallest office building upon its completion in 2017 and serves as the headquarters for the major insurance company. Other notable tall tower work in China includes his leadership in the design of the 520-meter China Zun Tower and the 400-meter China Resources Headquarters in Beijing, Anbang Nashan in Shenzhen Houhai, and Hanzheng Street Master Plan complex in Wuhan. Inkai’s experience with mixed-use towers extends beyond China, including the One Raffles Quay development in Singapore and the 40-story, 745 Seventh Avenue tower, which originally housed Morgan Stanley Headquarters and currently serves Barclays Investment Bank in New York City’s Times Square.
Other notable projects for which Inkai served as managing principal include One Shenzhen Bay, Beijing Bulgari Hotel, and Huamao Center in Suzhou, melding office, retail, and hospitality programs with articulated landscape design. He also managed the Beijing Huamao Center, Harbin Bank Headquarters, and a Park Hyatt Hotel in Hangzhou.
Alongside this breadth of experience, Inkai has been instrumental in coordinating KPF’s New York practice with its locations in Shanghai and Hong Kong for ongoing projects and business development. He champions the firm’s engagement from the master planning and concept design phases through construction administration, collaborating with each client to understand their unique goals and meet their tight budgets and schedules. Inkai holds architecture degrees from Tongji University and University of Oregon and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Delaware and was a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.