Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Mar 26, 2013 CHINARoundtable KPF: Changing the face of China
Inkai Mu has more than 20 years of experience in architectural design and project management. Since joining KPF in 1999, he has worked on a variety of project types in the United States and Asia, including office, hotel and mixed-use developments. As a principal of the firm, he plays a key role in KPF’s projects throughout China and the surrounding region.
Mr. Mu’s present work includes managing the planning and design of the Jiangbeizui development in Chongqing, which will include five high-rise office towers totaling 300,000 SM. In Chongqing’s Yu Zhong Central Business District, he is managing the design of a 300-meter-tall high-rise tower whose dynamic program calls for a mix of hotel, office and retail. He is also currently managing the design of a new Park Hyatt Hotel and Eco-Park Hotel in Hangzhou, the new Harbin Bank Headquarters, a pair of office towers in Suzhou Industrial Park, and a 300,000-SM office and residential development in Shenzhen. Additional recent experience includes the Mirae Asset Tower, a 180-meter-tall, 61,000-SM office tower located in Shanghai’s rapidly developing Pudong District, and the super high-rise Ping-An International Finance Centre in Shenzhen, which will provide over 100 floors of office and conference facilities to make it one of the tallest buildings in China.
In Beijing, he provided project management for the new headquarters for the China Huaneng Group, one of China’s largest companies, and for the 700,000-SM Huamao Center, a mixed-use development comprised of three office towers, two 5-star hotels, and luxury retail and residential components. In addition, he was the Job Captain for the China Steel tower at the Beijing Science and Technology Park Zhongguancun area, which features office and exhibition center.
Additional experience includes the One Raffles Quay development in Singapore, which contains 160,000 SM of office space in two towers, and for the 40-story Morgan Stanley Headquarters (now Barclay’s Bank) in New York’s Times Square. He also served as Job Captain for the new William H. Gates Hall at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
Prior to joining KPF, Mr. Mu worked for Mahlum Architects in Seattle, where he completed a number of hospital projects for Valley Medical Center. In addition, he served as Project Architect for the Harborview Medical Center while working at Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz. He has also completed a number of educational and residential projects with other firms.
A Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey, he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Mu received his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts where he was the recipient of the Ellen M. Pennell Award, and his Bachelor of Architecture from Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Design in Shanghai, China.