Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s preeminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming, and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors.
KPF’s philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that success is the result of collaboration and dialogue. The KPF creative process stresses an open exchange of ideas both within the firm and more importantly, between the client and the firm, throughout the development of a project.
Through this comparative process, they are able to ensure that the client’s needs and desires are addressed at each turning point in the life of a project. Ideas are not submitted solely for approval or rejection, but rather for discussion with the hopes of spurring additional questions and solutions that will each help craft a more complete structure.
The firm’s high-profile projects include many important works in the Far East, the Shanghai World Financial Center (2008), which was named the “Best Tall Building Overall” by the Council on Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat in 2008. In the USA e.g. One Vanderbilt, an office tower in Midtown Manhattan located next to Grand Central Terminal and providing direct access to the station; and the master plan for Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, which mixes residences with offices, hotels and retail, and street life.
Also in New York, KPF is leading the redevelopment of New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Red Hook Houses, which suffered severe flooding and wind damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The largest public housing development in Brooklyn, Red Hook Houses accommodates over 6,000 people across 28 buildings.
Outside of the United States, KPF has been contributing to the regeneration and conservation of the Covent Garden Estate in the roles of both master planner and architect for a collection of buildings. Also in London, the firm designed 52 Lime Street, known as The Scalpel.