Prior to entering MIT, Pingchuan has worked for the world renowned architecture firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in the US for four years. In 2009, he graduated with both a bachelor of architecture and a master of architecture degree from Tsinghua University in China. One year later, Pingchuan earned his third degree in architecture from Cornell University and started working for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects upon graduation.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has offered Pingchuan great opportunities and challenges. He worked on a wide range of office, retail, residential, hotel projects and experienced all phases of the design process from concept through construction administration. He took great responsibility to be the project manager on two projects, the Huaneng Headquarters Tower in Shanghai and the Master Plan for the Qianhai Financial District in Shenzhen. Both projects trained him to be not only a capable designer but also an effective leader. Huaneng was a 50,000m2 fortune 500 headquarters tower under construction. Pingchuan managed the entire design process, solved practical design issues and coordinated the design of local design institute, engineers and consultants, reviewing their drawings. Qianhai challenged him differently. In addition to design work, he was managing a team and learned how to recognize people’s talents and delegate work. The project required him to fly extensively to China for meetings. He holds the LEED AP in BD+C credential and is a registered architect in the state of New York.
He enjoys a variety of sport including swimming, skiing, karate, tennis, and golf. He also loves traveling and has been to countries like Korea, Turkey, Brazil, Canada, Spain and France. At MIT, Pingchuan seeks to expend his knowledge into real estate finance as well as other facets of the development process. MIT will be truly a turning point in Pingchuan’s career from design to development and investment.