Ame Engelhart, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Ame is an accomplished architect and urban designer focused on the design of cities, districts, and large, complex architectural projects. Based in Hong Kong since 1993 she extensive experience in China and SE Asia. Working with SOM since 1999, she has been collaborating with multi-disciplinary design teams on large scale mixed use developments and urban districts. Ame creatively addresses challenges and opportunities emerging from established and developing cities in Asia. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Ame brings together the design skills and ambitions of both disciplines to develop holistic plans for urban centers and communities. She is dedicated to promoting the fundamental principles of livability and sustainability , and approaches each design project with respect to the unique social, economic, environmental and geographic conditions inherent in each city and site. She directs high-visibility, forward-facing projects that strategically define or redefine important places, positioning them for enduring growth. Currently she is leading SOM’s business development efforts in South East Asia and her current work includes projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Manila.