Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Call for New Board of Trustees Candidates
Take a Leadership Role in the Council’s Highest Decision-Making Body!
June 4, 2014
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CTBUH is pleased to announce that, alongside David Malott’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. 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.

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
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).
About the Board
The nine-member Board of Trustees is responsible for creating the long-term vision and strategy for the Council and its members. The Board oversees the governance of the Council, including the annual audit of operations and finances, and develops programs to ensure the continued growth of the Council and its long history of serving professionals and academics involved in the development of tall buildings internationally.

Board members serve three-year terms, which are renewable at the discretion of the Board.

Board Member Qualifications
1.    Board members must have a high profile in the industry, with an established track record of
       contributing to the conception, design, research, construction or operation of tall buildings
2.    Maintain the highest ethical standing in the industry
3.    Represent a company or institution recognized as a leader in the tall building industry which is a
       CTBUH organizational member in good-standing, preferably at the Supporting Contributor level
4.    Serve in a role that will help grow the Council and sponsor programs to serve members
5.    Ensure a balanced representation on the Board of both disciplines and geographic regions,
       reflecting the international remit and diversity of the Council

Board Member Responsibilities
1.    Work to develop programs and events to benefit the Council and its members
2.    Lead and oversee specific projects for the Council, such as conferences, research projects or
3.    Serve as a spokesperson for the Council and promote its mission and goals
4.    Recruit at least five new high-level members a year, representing approximately $25,000 in
       membership income
5.    Recruit sponsors for major Council projects, including conferences
6.    Attend twice-annual Board meetings
7.    Steer specific Board of Trustees ad-hoc committees established to progress strategic,
       time-sensitive Council issues
8.    Write occasional Leader’s Messages and articles for the CTBUH Journal, newsletter and other
       Council publications
9.    Be involved generally in relevant Council initiatives, including conferences, awards, working groups
       and publications
10.  The time commitment for a CTBUH Board of Trustee member is approximated at 60-80 hours per
        year (not including event attendance etc)

Board Member Benefits
1.    Steer the direction of the Council at the highest level
2.    Reinforce yourself as a Leader in the tall building industry
3.    Network at the highest-levels
4.    Enjoy a high profile at all CTBUH events
5.    Create programs that educate and benefit the industry at large
6.    Be recognized as a Trustee in CTBUH materials
7.    Profile featured in the CTBUH “Meet the CTBUH” section
8.    Become a point of contact for new business

Application Process
Candidates should submit their name, a brief biography and a maximum one-page statement on what they would hope to achieve during their tenure as a CTBUH Trustee, to CTBUH Operations Manager Patti Thurmond, at The Board of Trustees will review the submissions and develop a short-list of candidates for further review.
Call for Nominations:
Deadline for Nominations:
Evaluation of Nominations and short-listing:
Short-list Candidates notified:
Formal Announcement of New Trustees:
First Trustees Meeting (Shanghai):
Start of three-year tenure: 
1 June 2014
20 June 2014
20 June through 1 July 2014
1 July 2014
11 July 2014
16 September 2014
16 September 2014
Current CTBUH Board of Trustees
Timothy J. Johnson, NBBJ
Antony Wood, CTBUH/IIT

Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
William Maibusch, Turner International
William F. Baker, SOM
Craig Gibbons, Arup
David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
Exec. Director



Previous CTBUH Board Members
Sang Dae Kim
Sabah Al Rayes
Peter Irwin
David Scott
Charles Killebrew
Ron Klemencic
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