Jun Xia (architect)

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Jun Xia
Alma materTongji University
University of Colorado Denver
BuildingsShanghai Tower

Jun Xia is a Chinese architect who has worked in the United States and China.[1][2] Xia was a Principal and Regional Design Director of the Gensler architecture firm.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Xia was born in Shanghai, China.[1] He attended Tongji University from where he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture.[1] He later earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado Denver.[1][2]

Shanghai Tower[edit]

Art Gensler, founder of Gensler, credited Xia as "designer of the building (Shanghai Tower)".[4] Xia was also credited as having "helped the firm score the Shanghai Tower contract and led the team's work on it",[5] and as "the design principal for Gensler on the project."[6]

Two years before the state owned Shanghai Chengtou Group, the leading party of the joint venture developer owning the Shanghai Tower was assigned by the Shanghai Government to develop this tallest Chinese giant, Jun had already completed at least one round of full concept scheme design for an anonymous developer, as a land acquisition scheme for this parcel, which was planned for the tallest building in China. Although not officially released to public, this scheme certainly was related to the form of the Shanghai Tower today, in the similarity of a twisting shape. It is not the exterior geometry of the building, but the interior space of the Shanghai Tower that distinguish it from other super high rises. The signature atriums in the sky are "community spaces" in the sky, a translation of the traditional narrow lanes in Shanghai urban setting, where Jun grew up as a native Shanghainese. Jun said "the concept comes from my childhood memory in Shanghai"[7]

Designing the Shanghai Tower, Jun always said "not to be the tallest, but be the best."[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jun Xia". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  2. ^ a b "Brave Thinkers 2012: Jun Xia". The Atlantic. November 2012. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  3. ^ S&P Global Market Intelligence. "Jun Xia Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ Russell Flannery (August 7, 2013). "'There Is Never Going To Be A Building Like This In The U.S.'". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  5. ^ Ben Ikenson (June 6, 2013). "What's Inside Gensler's Secret Sauce?". Metropolis. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ Julie Makinen (June 25, 2015). "U.S. design firm puts its stamp on Shanghai skyline". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  7. ^ "夏军 中国第一高楼的背后". 安邸中国新节奏. April 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "夏军 不求最高,只求最好". Gensler亚洲区设计总监、DAO陆道设计独立董事夏军. Jan 26, 2015.