He has dedicated his career to designing and researching innovative and sustainable built environments that improve the quality of life for everyone.
As a designer he contributes to a number of mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, master plans, and high-rise towers across the world. One of his projects, the 600-meter tall Canton Tower, briefly held the title of the world's tallest tower. In addition, he served as an advisor to the Hong Kong government, the Chinese government, and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Over the years, professor Al has directed the urban design programs at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-teaches an online course, Designing Cities, with more than 70,000 students.
Al holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, an M.Arch. from The Bartlett, and an M.Sc. in Architecture with distinction from Delft University of Technology. He is a native of the Netherlands.