Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman, Seeks New Trustees
A message from current CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson
June 4, 2014
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As Chairman of the CTBUH Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. David will take over when my current term expires, at the CTBUH International Conference in Shanghai this September.

David Malott has been a Trustee of the Council since February 2013, and is a principal in the New York office of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). He is the design principal for the 660-meter Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China. His deep knowledge of, and influence in, China will be indispensable to the Council as we continue to grow our presence in the world’s most-active tall building market. Malott’s experience in connecting projects to their urban contexts will also support the Council’s continuing mission to increase the quality of interaction between tall buildings and the urban habitat in which they reside.
Current CTBUH Board of Trustees, from left to right: David Malott, Trustee/Future Chairman (Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York, USA); Cathy Yang, Trustee (Taipei Financial Center Corp., Taipei, Taiwan, China); Steve Watts, Treasurer (Davis Langdon, London, UK); William F. Baker, Trustee (Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, USA); William Maibusch, Secretary (Turner International, Doha, Qatar); Dennis Poon, Trustee (Thornton Tomasetti, New York, USA); Timothy Johnson, Current Chairman (NBBJ, New York, USA); Dr. Antony Wood, Executive Director (CTBUH/Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA): Craig Gibbons, Trustee (Arup, Brisbane, Australia).

David’s appointment to Chairman from within the Board of Trustees marks an important strategic direction for the Council – one where it is considered more appropriate for the Leader to come from within this highest decision-making body, than from an external plane with no or little knowledge of the detailed workings of the Council.

I am thus pleased to announce that, alongside David’s appointment as next Chair, we now seek two new Trustees to join the Board this September, when existing Trustees William Baker of SOM, and William Maibusch, formerly of Turner Middle East, will step down. The Board of Trustees would like to take a moment to thank them for their years of service to the Council. Thus those colleagues who have an interest in driving forward an aspect of the CTBUH, and possibly becoming a future CTBUH Chair, should submit an initial expression of interest, with a one-page overview of what they would hope to achieve as a CTBUH Trustee, to CTBUH Operations Manager Patti Thurmond, at, by Friday 20th June (Submissions are now closed and the new trustees will be announced soon.) More on the submission process for CTBUH Trustees can be found here.

Please note that the following backgrounds, which are currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees, are actively encouraged to apply:

  • Building Developer / Investor / Owner community
  • Contractor/ Construction
  • Urban Planning
  • Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

The handing of the Chairman’s gavel from myself to David will take place at the Shanghai Conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 17th September. Both myself and David will be reaching out to you again before that time, me to reflect on my Chairmanship these past 3 years, and for David to outline some of his plans for the next term. In the meantime we would strongly encourage you to consider putting your name forward as a potential CTBUH Trustee / next Chair, and also to seeing you at our Shanghai conference this September.

All the best!

Timothy Johnson
CTBUH Chairman, 2011-2014
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