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David P. Chen AIA

Principal

David Chen joined the firm in 1982. His work has included towers and large-​scale commercial developments as well as projects for higher education.

Mr. Chen has led several high-​rise towers and mixed-​use developments in Asia. As principal in charge, these projects include Nanjing Huijing Complex, a mixed-​use development in Nanjing; Taikang Headquarters Building, an office tower in Beijing; Brightoil Shenzhen Headquarters, an office tower in Shenzhen; North Point, an office tower in Hong Kong; Baosteel Guangzhou Tower, an office tower with retail podium in Guangzhou; and Ningbo East New Town, a mixed-​use development in Ningbo. As associate principal in charge, his projects included Vietcombank Tower, the Ho Chi Minh City headquarters of Vietnam’s largest publicly traded bank, and Raycom Tower in Beijing, the company’s headquarters in the Raycom Infotech Park. Recently completed projects include World Financial Centre, a pair of twin office towers totaling 240,000 square meters in Beijing, and Shanghai IFC, a mixed-​use development of three towers — one of which contains the headquarters of HSBC — a shopping mall, and a public plaza. His previous towers in Asia include Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, which includes the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, and the NTT Headquarters, also in Tokyo.

Mr. Chen’s work also includes the Owens Corning World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio; Sea Hawk Hotel & Resort in Fukuoka, Japan; One Canada Square, the centerpiece of the Canary Wharf financial district in London; the World Financial Center in New York; and Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis. He also led design teams for three university athletics complexes: the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, the Ratner Athletics Center at the University of Chicago and the Payne Whitney Gymnasium addition and renovation at Yale University.

In addition to his design responsibilities, Mr. Chen has been instrumental in the advancement of the firm’s computer systems, local area networks, and Internet strategies. He lectures on these subjects at the Yale School of Architecture.

Mr. Chen received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

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