Stefan Al
Advisor/Academic Partner

Mr. Stefan AI is an internationally renowned architect and scholar of urban design, an associate director of KPF Architects, and a professor of urban design at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Columbia University. Mr. Al is a registered architect in the European Union, a member of the Royal Dutch Institute of Architects, a member of the American Planning Institute, an urban planner, and a LEED senior certified architect in the United States. Mr. Al studied at the Barcelona School of Architecture, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, the University of London in the United Kingdom, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, and his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Al is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of urban design and has conducted in-depth research on Asian cities, particularly contemporary Chinese cities. He is an urban advisor to the Hong Kong SAR Government, a founding member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urbanism, and an advisor to the Chinese government in the preparation of urban design codes. His books on Chinese cities include Factory Towns of South China Mall City Macau and the Casino Complex and Villages in the City, and his most recent book, The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream (The The Strip). His most recent book is The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream (The MIT Press), and his forthcoming book, Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise, explores how urban design can address the threat of sea level rise to cities due to global warming. Professor Al's work as a practicing architect has led to a number of internationally influential projects, including the 2,000-foot Guangzhou TV Tower, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Latin America, and the design of 11,000 acres of eco-friendly cities in India. and the proposed Cask Art Gallery on the River Thames in London.