On August 8th, SOHO China and KPF celebrated the topping out of SOHO Gubei in Shanghai. Brian Chung, Director at KPF, stood alongside SOHO Chairman, Pan Shiyi, and other representatives from KPF and our client. At this event, the attendees ceremoniously shoveled concrete on the site, symbolizing their role as partners in the project’s execution.
Two KPF airport designs have received the 2017 International Architecture Award: Nanning Wuxu International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex. Located in China and the United Arab Emirates respectively, the terminals reflect innovation in transportation for some of the most rapidly growing cities in the world.
On Tuesday, July 25th, a flurry of middle school students came to the KPF New York office in pursuit of tall tower intel. As part of the Center for Architecture’s summer family programming, the class of twenty-five sixth to eighth graders were participating in a week-long program on skyscraper design geared toward creativity and play.
On June 29th, UN-Habitat tapped KPF Director of Urban Planning Design Jeff Shumaker to speak at their latest forum in Madrid, Spain. As part of the organization’s New Urban Agenda, the event gathered a mix of elected officials and invited experts of a number of topics, from planning and design to livability and equity.
Director Elie Gamburg participated in a panel at this year’s NewCities Summit from June 7th to 9th, 2017. The summit took place in Incheon Songdo, South Korea, gathering diverse professionals to discuss the umbrella topic of “Thriving Cities: The Building Blocks of Urban Wellbeing.” NewCities, a nonprofit and think tank based in Montréal, Quebec, sponsored and organized the event.
Echelon Seaport held its ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday, June 13, with several members of the KPF team in attendance. The event gathered governmental, design, and construction professionals to celebrate the future of Boston’s seaport district as a cultural and residential destination.
During the first week of June, Principal Forth Bagley moderated a discussion and participated in a panel at the 2017 ULI Asia Pacific Summit. Hosted in Singapore, the event brought together “over 500 decision makers from all sectors of the real estate industry to discuss ideas and best practices, as well as make new connections and strengthen relationships.”
KPF is pleased to announce three recipients of the 2017 KPF Traveling Fellowship: Jocelyn Sivakorn Arnold from The Architectural Association, Justin Foo from Cornell University, and Jane Jia Weng from Yale University.
On May 30, 2017, KPF President Jamie von Klemperer was appointed to the President of the Board of the Urban Design Forum, effective immediately. Von Klemperer became a Fellow of the membership organization in 2006, having served on its Board of Directors since 2015. He follows in the footsteps of Hugh Hardy, who passed away in March of this year and served as Board President from 2015-2017.