Senior Architect Jeffrey Stafford currently leads design teams at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture on Gang Xia Tower and Sanya Resort Towers and Master Plan, both awarded through international design competitions. At AS+GG, Jeffrey has led numerous winning design competition bids, including 1 Dubai and Atrium City Master Plan, as well as 1 Park Avenue.
Jeffrey’s design teams exercise computational techniques that are specifically crafted for each project. He considers computation, analysis and "mistakes" as vital in breaking misguided preconceptions and to aid in the design exploration process. His projects range in extremes from highly rigorous simplicity to gracefully flowing geometries, reflecting his approach to each project as a unique endeavor of discovery.
Prior to joining AS+GG in 2007, Jeffrey was a Project Leader at the Chicago office Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he worked with Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill as the Senior Designer of Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China. After completing work on Pearl River Tower, his design contributions aided in the winning entry for Shanghai White Magnolia Plaza. He also worked on several other important projects, including the supertall Zifeng Tower at Nanjing Greenland Financial Center.
On a smaller scale, Jeffrey also led efforts for SOM’s 2008 AIA Award-winning Central Trust Bank - Branch Bank Prototype, built in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and was instrumental in the design of the exhibit installation of Zero Energy Tower in conjunction with designer Bruce Mau’s “Massive Change” exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006-07.