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  • Albert Chan

About Albert Chan

K. B. Albert Chan leads the conceptualization, site feasibility, master planning and design management of large mixed-use developments at Shui On Land. Over the last 19 years, Albert actively participated in the planning and development of award winning mixed-use “Tiandi” communities in Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou and Foshan. He also chairs the Sustainable Development Committee at the company.

Among the projects Albert actively participated over the years, the Shanghai Xintiandi development became the first development in China to be honored with the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence in 2003. The Shanghai Taipingqiao community is recognized by The World Bank as a successful case of urban regeneration in 2016. The Knowledge and Innovation Community in Yangpu, Shanghai was recognized by ULI as a positive example of urban regeneration in 2014. The Foshan…


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About Albert Chan

K. B. Albert Chan leads the conceptualization, site feasibility, master planning and design management of large mixed-use developments at Shui On Land. Over the last 19 years, Albert actively participated in the planning and development of award winning mixed-use “Tiandi” communities in Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou and Foshan. He also chairs the Sustainable Development Committee at the company.

Among the projects Albert actively participated over the years, the Shanghai Xintiandi development became the first development in China to be honored with the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence in 2003. The Shanghai Taipingqiao community is recognized by The World Bank as a successful case of urban regeneration in 2016. The Knowledge and Innovation Community in Yangpu, Shanghai was recognized by ULI as a positive example of urban regeneration in 2014. The Foshan Lingnan Tiandi historic city core regeneration project won the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design in 2009. The Wuhan Tiandi development received the CTBUH global Urban Habitat Award in 2016. The majority of Shui On communities under development are LEED-ND Gold stage two certified. In terms of public place creation, over 260 public plazas, parks and public streets have been planned and built in these communities.

Albert graduated from the Stern School at NYU, Columbia University, and U.C. Berkeley. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and Executive Committee member of ULI Shanghai, and a member of the American Institute of Architects Shanghai Board of Directors. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Shanghai Green Building Council’s “Special Individual Contribution Award”.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee (2017 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Advisory Group (2016 – 2018)
  • China Awards Design Jury (2016)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016)

Events/Initiatives Involving Albert Chan

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference

29 Oct 2017, Event Report – The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017…

China Awards 2016 Jury Meeting

21 Jan 2016, Event Report – The inaugural China Tall Building Awards jury meeting was held in Shanghai, the…

Panel Handles Mean, Green Questions at Architect @ Work in China

3 Jul 2015, Event Report – As part of its role as a strategic partner of the Architect @ Work China Conference…

Events/Initiatives Involving Albert Chan

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
China Awards 2016 Jury Meeting
21 Jan 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
The inaugural China Tall Building Awards jury meeting was held in Shanghai, the culmination of many months of effort.
Panel Handles Mean, Green Questions at Architect @ Work in China
3 Jul 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
As part of its role as a strategic partner of the Architect @ Work China Conference in Shanghai, CTBUH hosted a panel discussion entitled “Greening the Vertical Habitat.”

Albert Chan Related Resources

CTBUH Video Interview – Albert Chan

18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews
Albert Chan, Shui On Land Limited

Public Realm Q&A

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Javier Quintana de Una, IDOM; Albert Chan, Shui on Land Limited; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Martin Henn, Henn

Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Albert Chan, Shui On Land Limited

Fusing History and Height in Modern China

1 Feb 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I
Albert Chan, Shui On Group

Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Albert Chan, Shui On Group

Albert Chan Related Papers/Research

Fusing History and Height in Modern China
1 Feb 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Albert Chan, Shui On Group
Albert Chan is the Director of Development Planning and Design at Shui On Land, based in Shanghai. Shui On Land is the developer of several successful “Tiandi” (“heaven and earth”) mixed-use projects throughout China. Its Wuhan Tiandi project…
Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Albert Chan, Shui On Group
The explosive urban growth of China has defied almost every prior notion of human scale. Considering the fact that the nation has more than 150 cities of 1 million or more people, and plans to move some 250 million additional people into cities in…