Associate Professor of Urban Design
Stefan Al is a Dutch architect, Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and founder of Stefan Al Architects, a firm dedicated to sustainable design. In an international career to date, Al has worked as a practicing architect on renowned projects such as the 600-meter tall Canton Tower in Guangzhou, the preservation of world heritage in Latin America at the World Heritage Center of UNESCO, and an 11,000-acre new eco-friendly city in India. He served as an advisor to the Government of Hong Kong’s Harbourfront Commission and Environment Bureau. Al’s research focuses on urbanization in developing countries and the evolution of urban form. His articles have been published in the Handbook of Architectural Theory, the Berkeley Planning Journal, Urban China, and other publications. He has edited the books Factory Towns of South China and Villages in the City, and is currently writing a book on Las Vegas called The Strip. Prior to joining Penn, Al has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Hong Kong, where he was the director of the Urban Design Program. Stefan Al is an EU-licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.