LMCA Design (Li Min Ching Architecture Design, D.P.C.) is a full service architectural design practice focused on delivering refined architecture, master planning, and interiors. LMCA places a strong emphasis on design, detail and craft to public and private architecture.
Li Min is the founder of LMCA Design. The studio and team is based in New York City.
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 opened as a 300 key Ritz Carlton Hotel. 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 luxury condos.
Phase 3A is a mixed use 192,000 sq.m. (2.07 million sq.ft.) retail, office, hotel & residential project that he is also 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.
Deji Plaza Xuzhou is under construction and includes 351,206 sq.m. (3,780,350 sq.ft.) of residential condos, luxury retail, art galleries, cinemas & restaurants. The twin towers reach up to 259 meters (850 ft.) in height and the project is located at the heart of the Central Business District.
Prior to LMCA, Li Min Ching was employed at the headquarters of a prominent international architecture firm (KPF), where he had worked for 16 years in a uniquely dual role as both a senior designer and technical lead / 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 award winning designs. His projects included 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.
Two completed projects that he was the senior designer on had attained LEED Gold certification.
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 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 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.