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Alejandro Stochetti

AS+GG Design Director Alejandro Stochetti AIA, is building an impressive body of international work in all scales and typologies.  He embraces the challenges of highly prominent projects with global exposure as well as of smaller, cost-conscious projects, with their own transformative potential. Alejandro has been the senior designer and leader in a wide-variety of projects, from the megatall Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia to the typologically diverse Astana Expo City in Kazakhstan. His built projects include residential, commercial, and cultural typologies ranging from Burj Vista, a two-tower residential complex in Dubai, to Energy Hall and Congress Center, two cultural facilities in Astana.

Alejandro believes that the design process is a collaborative effort and an opportunity to positively transform the environment to better serve a community. And while he appreciates the lessons learned from each design process, he also believes in the opportunity to re-invent, re-imagine, and go beyond what is known to achieve and set higher design standards. Through nearly 20 years of experience, Alejandro has learned that sometimes designing is solving problems of different degrees of complexities; other times designing is about opening windows of opportunities where they did not seem to exist.

He has lectured and published internationally on AS+GG’s sustainable design philosophy with topics that include “Form Follows Performance” and “The Challenges of a Supertall Building.” 

Alejandro is currently the senior designer and team leader of Al Wasl Plaza, the centerpiece of the upcoming Expo2020 Dubai that combines breathtaking design, innovative technology, and an intricate domed trellis with a huge immersive projection experience. Recently he was the senior designer responsible for Astana Expo City, a master planning and design project for the last international exposition – and its legacy configuration – that took place in Kazakhstan in 2017.
Alejandro’s other recent projects at AS+GG include Jeddah Tower, the world’s next tallest building. At over 1,000 meters and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Jeddah Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-meter site in north Jeddah.

Before joining AS+GG, Alejandro was a senior designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where he was involved in the design and development of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Las Vegas Tower in Las Vegas, Wind and Garden Tower in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia, the KAEC master plan, and the Suzhou Convention and Exhibition Center, in China. His experience also includes work in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, and his native Argentina.


Master's degree in Architecture, Buenos Aires National University, Argentina, 1998


Licencesed Architect in Illinois
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
Buenos Aires College of Architecture
Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC)

Presentations + Publications

Panel: IIT Professional Practice Class, November 2017
Presentation: Chicago Architecture Foundation, “Renewing Our Cultural Resources,” October 24, 2017
Lecture: “Form Follows Performance,” Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering,” May 2017
Publication: “The incredible sustainable and futuristic city being built in Kazakhstan,” Clarín Magazine, May 2016
Publication: “Trends for high rise buildings in 2016,” Obras Magazine, April 2016
Publication: “Icon to symbolize Future Energy,” Building Design + Construction, February 2016
Publication: “How to make a ‘pure’ glass sphere,” Building Design + Construction, February 2016
Publication: “The Tech to Expect in Architecture in 2016,” Architect Magazine, January 14, 2016
Lecture: “The Language of Performance,” Politecnico di Milano, October 2015
Lecture: High-Rise Building Workshop, European University of Madrid, July 2015
Interview: “TIME World: Wonders of the World,” Time Magazine, July 2015.
Presentation: “Global Emerging Markets: Parallels and Differences Between LatAm, Europe, and Asia. What Can We Learn From These Varying Geographies?” Real Estate Investment World, Latin America 2015, Four Seasons Hotel, Miami, May 26, 2015
Presentation: “Form Follows Performance,” Expo CIHAC 2014, Mexico DF, October 16, 2014
Presentation: “Form Follows Performance,” Expo CIHAC 2014, Mexico DF, October 16, 2014
Presentation: “Capitalization of space. High Rise structures in urban environment,” 100+ Forum Russia, Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 24-26, 2014
Presentation: “200+ Buildings. Peculiarities of super Tall Buildings,” 100+ Forum Russia, Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 24-26, 2014
Interview: “Impact of High Rise Buildings on Cities,” Channel 41, Russia, September 25, 2014
Interview: “Experience on Design of Super High Rise Buildings,” Melina News Channel, Russia,  September 24, 2014
Presentation: “Kingdom Tower: the Long Winding Road,” Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, February 2014
Publication: “Meeting the Challenges of a One Kilometer Tower,” CTBUH Journal, 2013
Publication: “Tall and Super Tall buildings, Planning and Design,”  McGraw Hill Publications, Contributor, May 2014
Publication: “Case Study: Kingdom Tower,” Facades Design and Delivery Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2012
Presentation: “Supertall Building Design,” Buenos Aires National University, 2007
Publication: ”Profile of a passionate and creative professional,” La Nación Newspaper, 2006
Publication: ”World Patrimony: From International Style to New Futurism,” commentary on the Hancock Center and Chicago Architecture, 2006
Participated in juries at University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005 and 2006

Awards + Honors

AIA National, Tap/CCA Innovation Awards, Stellar Design, Astana Expo City, 2016
The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Urban Planning, Astana Expo City, 2016
Architizer A+ Awards, Typology Categories, Cultural: Unbuilt Cultural, Special Mention, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2016
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2016
Architectural Review, MIPIM Future Project Award, Cultural Regeneration, Commendation, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2016
Re-thinking The Future Award, Urban Design Concept, Second Award, Astana Expo City, 2015
WAN Future Projects, Civic Award, Winner, Istanbul Cultural Center, 2015
Middle East AIA, Non-Built Category, Merit Award, Kingdom Tower, 2014
Architizer A+ Award, Residential High Rise, Finalist, Burj Khalifa, 2013 (While at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Burj Khalifa Gatehouses, 2012
Chicago AIA, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (While at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Interior Architecture Award, Citation of Merit, Public Areas at the Residences of Burj Khalifa, 2011 (While at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Special Recognition Award, Burj Khalifa Level 153, 2011 (While at SOM)
MEED Quality Awards, Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (While at SOM)
MEED Quality Awards, GCC Technical Building Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, 2011 (While at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower, 2010 (While at SOM)
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (While at SOM)
Chicago AIA, Design Excellence Award, Citation of Merit, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
Chicago AIA, Design Excellence, Unbuilt Category, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
CTBUH, Global Icon Award, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (While at SOM)
CTBUH, Best Tall Building in Middle East and Africa, Burj Khalifa, 2010 (While at SOM)
Architect Magazine, P/A Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009
Maktoob Business, Best Building in the Mideast, Burj Dubai, 2009 (While at SOM)
Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Illinois, 2009 (While at SOM)
Cityscape Architectural Awards, High Commended Citation and Seal of Distinction, The Grand Boulevard (now Burj Vista), Dubai, 2008

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Al Wasl Plaza
150-meter diameter open space at the center of Expo 2020 Dubai combines breathtaking design, innovative technology, and an intricate domed trellis incorporating a huge immersive projection experience. The plaza at the center of the 4.38 square kilometer site will make a dramatic impression on the millions of people visiting Expo 2020 Dubai from around the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Master Planning and Architecture for 174 hectare international exposition site features exhibition and cultural pavilions (118,620 sm); a residential development (686,000 sm); service areas including shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities; and site-wide parks (72,000 sm). Astana, Kazakhstan

Jeddah Tower
The next tallest building in the world, this multi-use Tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Burj Vista
Luxury two-tower residential complex with outdoor plaza, a theater and unobstructed views of Burj Khalifa. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crown Sydney Hotel
Architectural competition entry for hotel and residential towers designed to reach a 5-Star ranking within the GreenStar performance category. The design’s sustainable strategies include optimized orientation, self-shading balconies and a high-performance facade. Overall, the design has a 60% reduction in emissions compared to similar developments.

Matrix Gateway Complex
Designed as both an urban gateway and a self-sustaining city, this 42-story prototype would be one of the greenest, most aesthetically striking and technologically innovative mixed-use buildings in the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crystal Center
Eleven jutting, crystalline structures of varying size–with cantilevers of up to 230 feet over the water–are joined at a base largely concealed beneath the surface, creating the illusion of independent structures. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wings Museum
With its wings unfurled as if in midflight, this powerfully poetic structure is an evocation of the natural world at its most dynamic, and ecologically interdependent. That inspiration, combined with concepts from automobile design, has been developed into a sculptural, asymmetrical form. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Mansion
Luxury residential tower with retail podium complex and unobstructed views of Burj Khalifa. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Meraas Tower
Supertall mixed-use tower with faceted facade. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Dubai Gatehouses
Security gatehouses at Burj Dubai development. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Dubai Function Island
Pavilion event space for the Armani Spa Hotel at the Burj Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Tower
Mixed-use supertall tower. Doha, Qatar

Proposed 2-mile breakwater, completing the last major recommendation of the 1909 Burnham Plan. The bridge, which includes wind turbines, provides a grand civic space and includes a soft shoreline for the study of Great Lakes ecology. Chicago, Illinois

Za’abeel Energy Master Plan
Master planning and architecture for large-scale mixed-use district, including office, hotel, parks and civic spaces. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Major projects completed while at SOM, prior to joining Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Burj Khalifa
Supertall mixed use tower comprising residential, commercial, hotel, and retail spaces. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chemsunny Plaza
Senior designer. Planning and schematic design for the 14 story, 1.8 million sf, double atrium, office building. Beijing, China

Las Vegas Tower
Design services for 1888-foot five-star resort tower, which will be the tallest hotel in the world when complete. Includes 4,000 rooms, restaurants, high-end retail, ballroom, recording studios. Las Vegas, Nevada

King Abdullah Economic City
Senior designer; master plan for new city for 2,000,000 inhabitants, on the Red Sea, north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. City will be a modern community comprised of industrial, residential, office & financial, educational, commercial, resort, port facility and governmental agency facilities.

Trump International Hotel & Tower
Junior designer; Architectural design and structural engineering for 2.4 million sf, 90-story mixed use tower comprised of luxury residential, hotel, health club, retail, parking and riverfront park on prominent site along the Chicago River. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Central Area Plan for 2020
Junior designer; Chicago, Illinois

Long Center for the Performing Arts
Junior technical coordinator; Architectural services for the renovation of performing arts facilities, including a 2,400-seat theater, an 800-seat theater and a smaller studio theater, 7,000 sf of office space and 2,000 sf of donor/patron space. Austin, Texas

Tampe Vapec Center for the Arts
Competition. Phoenix, Arizona

The Parade Studios
Detroit, Michigan

Avery Fisher Hall
Junior designer. 1200 seat theater, home of New York Philharmonic. New York, New York

Suzhou Convention and Exhibit Center
Competition, junior designer. Architectural design and engineering for a 2.8 million sf convention center and exhibition facility. Suzhou, China

Canary Wharf DS3
Architectural design services for 600,000 sf corporate office building. London, United Kingdom

Broadgate, 1, 2, and 3
London, United Kingdom

Beijing Orient headquarters
Competition, junior designer. Beijing, China

At Roberts-Gilardi Architects:

Opera Theater
Renovation. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gran Rex Theater
Renovation. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires Zoo, Rain Forest Building
Buenos Aires, Argentina

20,000 seat arena. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Animal's Hospital
Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina

Ezeiza Zoo
Ezeiza, Argentina

HSBC bank
Administrative and commercial offices. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Boston Bank
Administrative and commercial offices. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alejandro Stochetti on...

Design goes beyond solving very challenging questions but asking the right ones—the ones that have not been asked before—and daring to answer them. It is fun but is also painful; you know everything can be done better, and you are always trying to do so.

his favorite "moment" in architecture
Every change in paradigm, every time architects dared to break the rules for the right reasons, and changed the way and the reasons architecture was being done.

his favorite city architecturally
Barcelona, and some parts of Rome. I am sure there are amazing pieces of cities all around the world, but the magic for most cities occurs in the small scale of a special street or plaza or waterfront. It is all about the human scale, its scents, its food, its people. Buildings can become frame or background that allows everyday activity to occur smoothly. Our best architecture and urban planning should encourage the vernacular life to flourish.

his biggest accomplishment at AS+GG
Continuously and in every project search for the best and optimal solution, challenge the program and the apparent straightforward solution, asking how things could be changed and if they should. In doing so, I always ask every team members to be critical and objective. There is never the only and right answer but different views that I want to hear and consider.

what he'd be if he weren't an architect
A musician, a composer or an orchestra director. I have always been amazed by the power of music. Like any other art, including architecture, it can transform human existence and elevate it to a higher spiritual level.