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KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES (KPF) is an American architecture firm which provides architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. KPF is one of the largest architecture firms in the world and is currently one of the largest in New York City , where it is located.


* 1 Recent work

* 2 Approach

* 2.1 Beginnings in the United States (1976–1980s) * 2.2 Expansion to Europe (1980s–1990s) * 2.3 Work in Asia and internationally (1990s–2009)

* 3 Selected projects

* 4 Awards and honors

* 4.1 AIA National Chapter Awards

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


Today, KPF's projects include civic and cultural spaces, commercial office buildings, transportation facilities, residential and hospitality developments, educational and institutional facilities, and diverse mixed-use commercial developments.

KPF’s projects over the last 10 years include Roppongi Hills in Tokyo (2003), Unilever House in London (2007), the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas (2009), the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor (2009), the RBC Centre in Toronto (2009), the University of Minnesota Science Teaching and Student Services Center (2010), Centra Metropark in Iselin, New Jersey (2011), the Heron Tower in London (2011) and the Buffalo United States Courthouse (2011). Over the past few years, KPF has completed the tallest towers in a number of countries: Lotte World Tower , the tallest in Korea (2015), the International Commerce Centre , the tallest in Hong Kong (2011), Tour First , the tallest building in France (2011). 333 Wacker Drive , Chicago, Illinois, USA Westendstraße 1 , Frankfurt, Germany Roppongi Hills , Tokyo, Japan Shanghai World Financial Center , Shanghai, China Tour First , Paris, France Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse , Buffalo, New York, USA International Commerce Centre , Hong Kong, China SAR Hoftoren , The Hague, Netherlands Rothermere American Institute , University of Oxford , Oxford, UK

In New York, KPF is presently designing the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project , a 26-acre site on Manhattan's West Side that is the largest undeveloped single piece of property on the island. Also in New York, KPF recently completed NYU's new College of Nursing, Dentistry & Bio-Engineering Institute in collaboration with EYP Architects and the 390,000-square-foot CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. KPF recently completed One Jackson Square (2009) and served as Executive Architect for the 10-year phased expansion and renovation of New York's Museum of Modern Art (2005).

Current projects around the world include the Midfield Terminal Complex at the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the 660-meter-tall Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, China.


KPF's philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that success is the result of collaboration and dialogue. KPF explains, “A similar sentiment is central to the manner in which we weave our buildings into the environmental fabric." For a firm of its size, KPF takes on an unusually large number of restoration and renovation projects. Examples of this work include The World Bank Headquarters, Unilever House , and The Landmark in Hong Kong. KPF has been recognized for workplace collaboration. KPF’s intranet “Architectural Forum” has been described in Architectural Record as an example of “a resource that contributes to a learning environment through mentoring supporting teams and individuals with new ideas, and sharing best practices”.


Shortly after its founding in 1976, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) chose KPF to redevelop a former armory building on Manhattan’s West Side to house TV studios and offices. This experience led to 14 more projects for ABC over the next 11 years, as well as commissions from major corporations across the country, including the AT&T and Hercules Incorporated. By the mid-1980s, KPF had nearly 250 architects working on projects in cities throughout the United States. By 1985, even John Burgee (of rival architecture firm John Burgee Architects) called KPF, “The best commercial firm now practicing in the U.S.” KPF's design for 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago (1983), which was awarded the AIA National Honor Award in 1984, made the firm nationally famous. It remains a Chicago landmark, and was voted “Favorite Building” by the readers of the Chicago Tribune in both 1995 and 1997. In 1986, KPF’s Procter South America including Ventura Corporate Towers in Rio de Janeiro (2008) and Infinity Tower in São Paulo (2012); Australia, including Chifley Tower in Sydney (1992); and has also worked on several projects in Africa.


* 52-54 Lime Street , London, UK * 55 Hudson Yards , New York City, USA * Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower , Abu Dhabi, UAE * Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Concourse, Abu Dhabi, UAE * Baruch College Newman Vertical Campus, City University of New York, New York City, USA * Buffalo Niagara International Airport , Buffalo, New York, USA * 5 World Trade Center , Manhattan, New York City, USA * Chicago Title and Trust Center , Chicago, Illinois, USA * Chifley Tower , Sydney, Australia * CNOOC Building , Beijing, China * Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse , Buffalo, New York, USA * Espirito Santo Plaza , Miami, Florida, USA * Ernst & Young Tower , Toronto, Ontario, Canada * Foley Square / Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse , New York City, USA * Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre , Guangzhou, China * Heron Tower , London, UK * <