Contributor: Stefan Al

Stefan Al is a renowned architect, educator, and author who has published eight acclaimed books, including The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream, which details the evolution of the area’s architecture, urban planning, and cultural significance. As a practicing architect, Al has designed high-rise projects, master plans, and multifunctional buildings worldwide, including co-designing the Canton Tower, the world’s tallest tower at the time. He is currently running his emerging design practice, exhibiting his work in major cultural venues, such as the Venice Biennale.

As an educator, Al has taught at Virginia Tech, Columbia University, and the University of Pennslyvania. He also served in various capacities in several cities and institutions, including the city of Hong Kong, the World Heritage Canter of UNESCO, and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. He is a registered architect in New York State and the Netherlands and a LEED-accredited professional, holding a Ph.D. in urban planning from UC Berkeley.

Al’s architect, educator, and author work has earned him numerous accolades and honors. He was selected to become a TED Resident in 2018, and several of his videos surpassed over three million views. His co-authored book, Beyond Mobility, has won the National Urban Design Award.