James Zheng


James Zheng is the president of Goettsch Partners as well as the director of Asian operations. As such, he leads the majority of the firm’s projects in the region, especially throughout China. He focuses on the planning and design of large-scale office, hospitality and mixed-use developments, with work in more than 20 cities. Through his efforts, the firm established a representative office in Shanghai in 2004. Today, the firm maintains a growing full-service office there staffed with both local and U.S.-trained professionals.

Some of Mr. Zheng’s recent projects include the 15-story, 535,000-square-foot China Diamond Exchange Center in Shanghai; the 40-story, 1.3 million-square-foot Nexus Center office building in Beijing; the 37-story, 2 million-square-foot Grand Hyatt Chengdu at Chicony Plaza mixed-use development; a 66-story, 1.9 million-square-foot mixed-use tower that features the Park Hyatt Guangzhou; and the 92-story, 3.2 million-square-foot Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower, which will be one of China’s tallest buildings.

Mr. Zheng is a native of Shanghai and studied architecture at Tongji University for two years before moving to Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Since joining the firm in 1995, he has quickly risen to his leadership position with balanced strengths in design, marketing and management. In recognition of his wide-ranging talents and accomplishments, Mr. Zheng received the 2004 AIA Chicago Young Architect Award and was named among the Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 in 2005. He is a member of the AIA, a registered LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of The Executives’ Club of Chicago.