An architect of innovative supertall towers and future cities, David Malott is pioneering a global portfolio of iconic smart buildings as a design principal at KPF, including three of the world’s ten tallest towers. He is current Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a global organization tasked with collecting data and researching cutting edge technologies in the building industry.
David leads the architecture and engineering team behind the 600-meter tall Ping An Finance Centre currently rising in Shenzhen, China’s fastest-growing city and emerging global technology hub. Featured on CNN as one of “9 New Buildings Set to Define Cities in 2016,” Ping An Finance Centre has gained recognition for the smart and sustainable innovations which underscore its record-breaking height. David’s focused committment over the 8-year project speaks to his detailed understanding of the project from the tower’s pinnacle down to its foundations.
Earlier, as senior designer under KPF’s founder, William Pedersen, David led the day-to-day efforts of several of KPF’s marquee projects including the Shanghai World Financial Center, Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre, and Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills. These transformative projects redefined their cities and set new standards in tall-building performance.
David is responsible for the design and realization of projects totalling over one million square meters currently under construction. In Shanghai he is leading two major mixed-used developments, Citic Pacific’s redevelopment of the Shanghai Shipyard, and a cluster of six crystalline towers for Tishman Speyer. In Shenzhen, David has a trio of tall towers under construction: The Park Hyatt Hotel, the 300-meter tall OCT Tower, and a new vertical headquarters for internet technology company Tencent.
David’s designs stem from his exploration in physical and biological systems. An advocate of sustainable vertical urbanism, he sees buildings as breathing and living entities which form a larger ecosystem of interconnected cities. His designs seek to achieve density while enhancing quality of urban life, combining architectural practice with an understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental dynamics of the world’s cities and the cultures which surround them.
David Malott started his career at Nikken Sekkei in Japan prior to joining KPF in 1998. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects.