Zhizhe Yu is a Director at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with more than 12 years of professional experience in Asia, the United States and Australia. Zhizhe offers extensive cross-cultural knowledge, has excellent language skills and has qualifications in both architecture and urban design.
Since joining KPF in 2007, she has worked on some of the firm’s most prestigious and complex projects, including the Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore, the Hyundai Headquarters in Seoul, Ping An International Financial Centre in Shenzhen, and Ruibo Development in Shanghai.
Presently, she is serving as Job Captain for the 588-meter Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen, which is currently under construction. With a floor area of over 460,000 square meters and with 115 floors of retail, office, and observation facilities above grade, Ping An International Finance Centre is targeted to be the world’s tallest and largest LEED-certified building when completed in 2015. In addition to her design duties, Ms. Yu has played an instrumental role coordinating and communicating among all parties, including client, consultants and KPF offices in different locations through all phases of the project.
Ms. Yu was also involved in the Hyundai Headquarters competition in Seoul Korean, which KPF won. The tower aims to be the tallest building in Korea, and will include a car museum and an exhibition center. Ms. Yu was involved in the competition from the beginning, working directly with design partner William Pedersen. She was responsible for several components of the tower design, including initial massing study, tower planning, and vertical transportation and SMEP consultant coordination.
Ms. Yu is a registered architect in New South Wales, Australia, and has qualifications in architecture and urban design. Prior to joining KPF, she worked at PTW Architects in Sydney Australia from 2004 to 2007, where she gained experience on a wide range of projects from master planning to detailed documentations. She also worked with DEM in Sydney on a number of large scale urban design projects.