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

About Lei Li

A Director at Kohn Pedersen Fox, Lei Li has over 20 years of design experience in the United States and Asia working on a wide range of project types, including master plans, supertall buildings, office, retail, residential, mixed-use developments, and airports. He has developed particular expertise leading the design of projects in China, working with some of the country’s foremost developers and corporations.

Li’s work is focused on creating project specific design concepts that infuse a project from overall form through surface down to detailing. A case in point, as Senior Designer, his work on China Zun Tower in Beijing centers on sculpting the transformative curving form of the exterior, then carving through to interior to create the distinctive ground floor lobby and dramatic observation deck. The same concept of gradual transformation is carried through in crafting the tower envelop…


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About Lei Li

A Director at Kohn Pedersen Fox, Lei Li has over 20 years of design experience in the United States and Asia working on a wide range of project types, including master plans, supertall buildings, office, retail, residential, mixed-use developments, and airports. He has developed particular expertise leading the design of projects in China, working with some of the country’s foremost developers and corporations.

Li’s work is focused on creating project specific design concepts that infuse a project from overall form through surface down to detailing. A case in point, as Senior Designer, his work on China Zun Tower in Beijing centers on sculpting the transformative curving form of the exterior, then carving through to interior to create the distinctive ground floor lobby and dramatic observation deck. The same concept of gradual transformation is carried through in crafting the tower envelop and articulating smaller elements such as the entrance portal, door handles, etc.

On a neighborhood and district scale, Li seeks opportunities for place making and the use human-scaled elements and spaces in balancing competing qualities of space and density. As such, his work on an urban renewal project in Chegongmiao Shenzhen intermingles iconic towers with clustered podium buildings to create a dynamic urban environment, which hosts a series of rich, varying-scale public and semi-public spaces at multiple levels.

Li is a LEED Accredited Professional by U.S. Green Building Council.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Height and Data Committee (2018 – Present)
  • Innovation Conference, Speaker (Shenzhen 2019)

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.