Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Robert Whitlock

About Robert Whitlock

Robert Whitlock is a Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose focus on the design of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans has been as much about enhancing the urban experience as about shaping individual buildings.

Since beginning professional practice, Whitlock has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the “global city.” Most recently, Whitlock designed the 528-meter tall CITIC Tower, the tallest tower completed in 2018 and the tallest building in Beijing. Inspired by the form of a traditional Chinese ritualistic artifact – the “zun” – CITIC Tower is a new icon of the capital city, with transit connections and an observation deck that brings the public into the space.

Other high-rise projects designed by Whitlock…


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About Robert Whitlock

Robert Whitlock is a Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose focus on the design of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans has been as much about enhancing the urban experience as about shaping individual buildings.

Since beginning professional practice, Whitlock has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the “global city.” Most recently, Whitlock designed the 528-meter tall CITIC Tower, the tallest tower completed in 2018 and the tallest building in Beijing. Inspired by the form of a traditional Chinese ritualistic artifact – the “zun” – CITIC Tower is a new icon of the capital city, with transit connections and an observation deck that brings the public into the space.

Other high-rise projects designed by Whitlock include 111 Murray Street, a residential tower in downtown New York, Wheelock Square, the tallest building in the Puxi district of Shanghai, Hysan Place, Hong Kong’s first LEED Platinum building, as well as the AZIA Center and CSCEC Tower, both in the Pudong District, China’s financial and commercial hub.

An active member of the AIA for more than 25 years, Whitlock has frequently served as a guest lecturer and presenter.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018; Shenzhen 2019)
  • Past Roles:
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (China 2016)
  • Student Competition Second-Round Jury, Chair (2016)

Events/Initiatives Involving Robert Whitlock

CTBUH Participates in the China Zun Forum

CTBUH Participates in the China Zun Forum

22 Jun 2018, Event – CTBUH participated in the China Zun Forum which explored how the China Zun tower…

Student Tall Building Competition Results Announced

Student Tall Building Competition Results Announced

18 Oct 2016, CTBUH News Report – The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design…

Events/Initiatives Involving Robert Whitlock

CTBUH Participates in the China Zun Forum
22 Jun 2018, Beijing – Event
CTBUH participated in the China Zun Forum which explored how the China Zun tower can serve as an innovative model for the international tall building industry.
Student Tall Building Competition Results Announced
18 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – CTBUH News Report
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, sponsored by KPF, were determined at the 2016 CTBUH Conference.

Robert Whitlock Related Resources

The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity

31 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Felix Wu, Ping An Financial Center Const. & Dev; Robert Whitlock, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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

Robert Whitlock 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.