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LMA Design, LLC, Li Min Ching Associates, LLC Architects

LMA Design (LMA) is a full service architectural design practice focused on delivering refined architecture, master planning, and interiors.  LMA places a strong emphasis on design, detail and craft to public and private architecture.  

Li Min is the founder of LMA Design, LLC (LMA).  He has recently completed Deji Plaza Phase 2 which is a 160,000 sq.m. (1.72 million sq.ft.) mixed use project in Nanjing, China.  The 62 storey 326 meter (1,070 ft.) tall mixed use tower of Phase 2 contains Class A office space while the remaining portion will open as a Ritz Carlton Hotel and Serviced Apartments in 2019. Also completed is Deji Plaza Phase 1, a 64,000 sq.m.(688,000 sq.ft.) luxury retail mall that was repositioned as part of the overall Deji Plaza Masterplan.

            Currently, in the Xinjiekou Central Business District of Nanjing, he is designing Deji Plaza Phase 3 which consists of 95,080 sq.m. (1.02 million sq.ft.) mixed use programming including a 5-star luxury hotel

Phase 3A is a mixed use 192,000 sq.m. (2.07 million sq.ft.) retail, office, hotel & residential project that he is also currently designing.

            Separately, in Nanjing's new Hexi commercial district he redesigned the Nanjing World Trade Center Tower which is 326.5 Meters (1,071 Feet)‬ tall and the corresponding WTC Retail mall.  This project consists of the 151,100 sq.m. (1,626,427 sq.ft.) tower and the 71,000 sq.m. (764,000 sq. ft.) retail mall as part of the Nanjing World Trade Center complex and is currently in construction. 


             Prior to LMA, Li Min Ching was employed at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC (KPF), where he had worked for 16 years in a uniquely dual role as both a senior designer and job captain.  Emphasis on the tight integration of design and technology during the early stages of the design process enables a quick delivery with well crafted and successful designs.  His projects include large scale mixed-use, office, retail, hotel and residential programs. These complex projects have given him a strong global experience from 8 different countries within the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

His last project at KPF was as both the senior designer and technical lead on Tianshan Plaza, a 102,000 sq.m. (1,100,000 sq.ft.) mixed use project which includes a 156 key hotel for Hyatt located in Hongqiao, Shanghai. The Developer is SOHO China.  

            Li Min’s previous select senior design roles at KPF included 555 Mission Street in San Francisco for Tishman Speyer, Citigroup Two Court Square in Long Island City NY, The Lehman Brothers Corporate Headquarters proposal totaling 2.18 million square feet located on 34th street and 10th Avenue in New York City, Moynihan Station which was a 5.5 million sq.ft. mixed use competition for Vornado located in midtown Manhattan that incorporated a new Penn Station while moving Madison Square Garden, as well as Rosslyn Plaza which included four towers totaling 2.5 million square feet of mixed use program in Arlington, Virginia for Vornado / Charles E. Smith.

            Two completed projects that he was the senior designer on have attained LEED Gold certification.

The 555 Mission Street office tower in San Francisco for Tishman Speyer (550,000 rentable square feet). This project was completed in December 2008 is currently occupied by Deloitte LLP.  555 Mission Street had also won an award for “Best New Office Building 2009” from the San Francisco Chronicle on March 26, 2009.  

The Two Court Square project for Tishman Speyer and Citigroup is located in New York City and has approximately 1.3 million total rentable square feet. This project is broken down into two phases. Phase One (500,000 sq.ft.) has been occupied since early 2008 and has successfully been awarded a LEED Gold certification while also winning a Green Building Award for “Excellence in Design in 2008” from the Queens Chamber of Commerce for new construction in office buildings. The phase two tower (800,000 sq.ft.) is currently pending.

            While at KPF, Li Min had also served as an expert witness representing Citibank and Zurich Alternative Asset Management in a major arbitration over real estate valuation which was successfully defended. 


            Li Min Ching is a licensed architect in The State of New York, certified by The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design + Construction specialty.  He is also a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

            Born and raised in New York, Li Min was a design jury member for the 2005 AIA Eastern New York Honor Awards. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he was a finalist and received a $5,000 prize (in collaboration with Craig Scott) for the national competition of the Bagley Avenue pedestrian footbridge located in Detroit, Michigan. He also had his work published in Dimensions – Vol. 12 Journal of the College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.    

Li Min was also recognized for his student contribution in the publication of Site/Architecture - Thompson and Rose Architects. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University.

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