Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Height and Data Committee:
Call for Committee Members & New Chair Announced
August 23, 2018

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is reinvigorating its Height and Data Committee, seeking new members to join under the leadership of Scott Duncan, from SOM, who has been named the new Chair of the committee (see below). This body was originally created to provide guidance in the refinement of the official Height Criteria used to define, measure, and study tall buildings. However, more recently, this mandate has been widened to embrace other aspects of building data and measurement. The Committee has thus influenced many compelling research endeavors and prompted provocative conversations with the public about the nature of tall buildings and the trends surrounding them, in recent times.

Given the evolving nature of the challenges, drivers, and technical considerations for tall buildings, the Council now plans this Committee to embrace a greater diversity of disciplines and geographies, with the goal of not only improving its outputs, but broadening its mission to incorporate a wider set of responsibilities.

Individuals interested in becoming a member of the Committee should submit a maximum one-page brief explaining: why they would be an ideal candidate, how their expertise would bring new perspectives to the Committee, and what new undertakings the Committee might consider embracing in the future.

Applications should be submitted to Heather Spray at, no later than 30 August 2018.

The committee will convene for their next meeting during the CTBUH Middle East Conference in Dubai on Saturday October 20th. Attendance is required for all committee members.

We are pleased to announce that Scott Duncan, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has been named the new Chair of the CTBUH Height and Data Committee. In this role, Duncan will lead the Committee in its decision-making capacities, convene annual meetings, and oversee the diversification and growth of the group into the future (see “Call for Committee Members” above).

Previously, Duncan has served on the CTBUH Advisory Group since 2015 and has spoken at numerous CTBUH Conferences. During his years at SOM, Scott Duncan has developed a broad body of work recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the Chicago Athenaeum. He offers extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects in Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as the United States — including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments.