With over 25 years of professional experience as an architect, Josh Chaiken has played a key role in the design of a number of KPF’s most high-profile projects throughout the United States and Asia. In addition to several large-scale, mixed-use developments, he has led the design of high-rise office buildings, corporate headquarters, retail venues, hotels and resorts, residences, and academic/institutional facilities.
Since joining KPF in 1986, Josh has served as Senior Designer on a variety of projects including the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Hosting a dynamic program including office, Park Hyatt Hotel, retail, and public “Sky Walk” on the 100th floor, this iconic structure has been recognized with several prestigious design awards including the Society of American Registered Architects’ Design Award for Excellence (2009), the American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Awards Honor Award (2009), the MIPIM Asia Awards’ Participants’ Choice Award (2009), and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Best Tall Building Worldwide Award (2008).
Josh also led the design of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, the largest private-sector urban redevelopment project in Japan’s history. Designed as the centerpiece of a 27-acre development at the heart of Tokyo’s metropolitan area, this mixed-use project also contains office, residential, retail, performing arts theatre, museum, and TV broadcast studio.
Also of note, he served as Senior Designer for the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino Phase II “Project Sunburst” expansion in Uncasville, Connecticut, whose innovative design has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards including the Design Award of Excellence from the AIA Connecticut Chapter. He also led the design for a pair of five-star hotels in Shanghai’s historic Xintiandi District and a 50-story Ritz-Carlton hotel and condominium tower in Toronto. Also in Toronto, Josh completed the design of the RBC Centre, a 41-story, 1.2-million-SF office tower, which achieved LEED Gold certification and was honored with a Canadian Design Exchange Award.
Other current work includes 100 Adelaide Street West in Toronto, The Otemachi Tower in Tokyo, the JiangWan New Town Plan Master Plan in Shanghai, and the Hangzhou Park Hyatt.
Prior to joining KPF, Josh served as Director of Architectural Design at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, heading up their design efforts with a number of projects ranging from master planning to office towers. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture, summa cum laude and Master of Architecture from Princeton University. A Registered Architect in the State of New York, Josh is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).