James Lu


Managing Director, Shanghai



James Lu is an experienced architect, urban designer and design practice leader deeply passionate about how design can change the social, natural and physical construct of the world. With more than 19 years of international project experience, James has accumulated expertise across a range of project types and scales. With a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, James has consistently pursued design excellence from graduate school through to his career, with many of his projects recognized by international awards.

For the past 10+ years, James has been based in China where he worked with both international and local clients on high profile projects across the country. His diverse background in both Western and Chinese culture and his bilingual ability make him well-suited to the complex challenges of delivering international-quality works in China. With great passion, he has also built innovative teams and practices that transformed Perkins+Will’s business in China.