Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Lei Li

About Lei Li

Lei Li has over 21 years of design experience in the United States, Singapore, and Australia. His design work covers a wide range of project types including office, hotel, residential, institutional, airport, mixed-use and urban design developments, ranging in scale from interiors to medium-sized headquarters, supertall towers, urban blocks and city districts.

By exploring the potential of a project’s site and program, along with its cultural and social context, he strives to maximize specificity in each design solution while carefully considering client aspirations.

In architectural design, Mr. Li seeks clarity, consistency and expressiveness in design concept – from massing and spatial form to material and detailing. At Beijing’s CITIC Tower (China Zun), as Senior Designer, his work borrows from the transformative quality of the ancient Chinese Zun vessel and applies its dynamic…


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About Lei Li

Lei Li has over 21 years of design experience in the United States, Singapore, and Australia. His design work covers a wide range of project types including office, hotel, residential, institutional, airport, mixed-use and urban design developments, ranging in scale from interiors to medium-sized headquarters, supertall towers, urban blocks and city districts.

By exploring the potential of a project’s site and program, along with its cultural and social context, he strives to maximize specificity in each design solution while carefully considering client aspirations.

In architectural design, Mr. Li seeks clarity, consistency and expressiveness in design concept – from massing and spatial form to material and detailing. At Beijing’s CITIC Tower (China Zun), as Senior Designer, his work borrows from the transformative quality of the ancient Chinese Zun vessel and applies its dynamic transformation throughout the tower – from massing and curtain wall, to lobby and observation deck interior, down to detailed articulations.

In urban design, he seeks opportunities to enrich the public realm through place-making that is synergetic with programs and incorporates the human scale. In Shenzhen, his design work on key areas of the Chegongmiao Terra City master plan is inspired by the spatial techniques of Chinese Gardens. He created an interconnected multi-level public space network that works with retail and office programs, balancing the competing needs for amenity space and density in the heart of a rapidly renewing district.

Since joining KPF in 2003, he has primarily focused on leading the design of projects in China, partnering with some of the country’s foremost developers and corporations. Prior to joining KPF, Mr. Li worked in Singapore and Australia.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Height and Data Committee (2018 – Present)

Events/Initiatives Involving Lei Li

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of…

Events/Initiatives Involving Lei Li

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of structural types, as well as some urban-scale considerations.

Lei Li Related Resources

Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III
Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup

Lei Li Related Papers/Research

Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its surroundings and become one of the most prominent icons of the city.