AIA, Managing Partner
Larry Chien is a managing partner in SOM’s San Francisco office. He has extensive international experience, having worked on complex projects in more than two dozen cities around the world. This informs his broad and creative perspective to address global and social issues through urbanism and the built environment. His approach is rooted in SOM’s core values of interdisciplinary practice, design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.
Chien is recognized for his success in managing numerous significant headquarters and civic landmarks. His most notable projects include: China World Trade Center Phase III, which includes Beijing’s current tallest structure, Poly Corporation Headquarters, Lenovo Computer InfoTech Park, COFCO Landmark Plaza, Agile Corporation Headquarters, Fairmont Hotel in Nanjing, Huawei Technologies Corporate Campus in Shanghai, and Shui On’s Knowledge and Innovation Community.
Since 2000, Chien has been instrumental in expanding the firm’s business to markets in China, advancing industry standards for international design services, and developing strong relationships with a diverse clientele. His effective leadership and management transcends geographic and cultural boundaries.