Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership and Improve Effectiveness
September 15, 2014
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Trustee Timothy Johnson addessing the leaders
Following the Trustees’ Meeting, the wider leadership of the Council, including the Advisory Board, city and country representatives, and chapter chairs convened in the Leaders Meeting. Some 60 people from around the world gathered to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.

Attendees heard from Executive Director Antony Wood, who outlined the Council’s expectations for leaders, epitomized by a theme that would resound throughout the session: “We don’t need anyone to do everything. But we do need everyone to do something.” What exactly those “somethings” would turn out to be was the object of the five-hour meeting.
Leaders meeting with representative from all over the world
Antony Wood demonstrating new CTBUH improvements
Chairman-electDave Malott outlined his own set of expectations and plans for the near future, including broadening the Council’s membership to include more developers, city planners, and technology companies, especially those involved in the increasingly wired built environment, or “the Internet of things.”

“I really want to reach out to the advisory group and get you more engaged,” Malott said. “You are the sounding board. We ask that everyone find some aspect of the Council that drives and motivates you, and contributes to that.”

Wood demonstrated that leaders were not left to fulfill the expectations on their own. He emphasized the vast range of resources available to leaders, through packets containing a CD that contained all of the Council’s research and graphics, presentation templates, and research reports, which he advised they take forward in any way they saw fit. This point was underscored by the unveiling of two slick videos, one showcasing the recent improvements to The Skyscraper Center database web interface, as well as the recently launched Regional and Member pages, and another, set to charging, dynamic music, promoting the next CTBUH conference, in New York, 2015.

The Working Groups, which were to meet the following day in a series of eight technical workshops, were also strongly encouraged to produce materials that would advance the CTBUH’s educational mission. This included an admonition to more assertively guide Working Groups to produce more technical guides than the Council has heretofore been able to create.

“When you think about the vast array of subjects in the tall-building world that need to be addressed, I want to see about 40 of these [technical] guides in the next four years, not four.” Wood said. “This is one key way to get involved.”

Wood then solicited the leaders for some ideas for guides and working groups. New Trustee Mounib Hammoud suggested progressing the Technical Guides series from engineering and design topics to areas such as facilities management, value preservation, tall-building marketing and financing, and tall buildings’ relationship to the urban environment.
The Leaders also heard from Richard Witt, CTBUH Canada Chair and Principal at Quadrangle Architects in Toronto, who presented on the nuances of developing and running a successful chapter, including event planning, the establishment of bylaws and tax / legal status, and networking benefits.

Advisory Group Chair Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, gave the leaders an update on the doings of the Advisory Group, which had recently absorbed the Height Committee. Weismantle said much progress had been made on the criteria, but that resolving the ambitions to achieve both extreme height and sustainability remained an important focus.
CTBUH Canada Chair, Richard Witt
Wood also delivered a report on the newly opened CTBUH Asia Office at Tongji University, Shanghai– the first outside of Chicago – and encouraged Leaders to join him in the search for seven founding sponsors and a new director for the CTBUH Asia Office, who will guide the furtherance of CTBUH’s influence in China, manage Chinese-language publications and output, and foster engagement between industry professionals and academics in the high-rise field.

Other subjects up for discussion included how to embrace under-represented groups and regions, and a lively illustration of the phenomenon in some countries where the rate of tall-building development has outpaced a proportionate representation in Council membership.

“Many of the countries are high on the tall building count and are not reflected in proportion to that on membership,” Wood said. “It starts with engagement.”

Leader Group Company City Country
Abdelrazaq, Ahmad Advisory Group Samsung Corporation Seoul Korea
Bechmann, Roland Country Representative Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH & Co. Stuttgart Germany
Beltran, Trino Country Representative Bouygues Construction Paris France
Binder, Georges Country Representative Buildings & Data S.A. Brussels Belgium
Chen, Julian Country Representative Henning Larsen Architects Copenhagen Denmark
Chung, Dr. Kwang Ryang Country Representative Dongyang Structural Engineers Co., Ltd. Seoul South Korea
Colella, Marc City Representative AECOM Australia Melbourne Australia
Cuccurullo, Sam Advisory Group CBRE Hong Kong China
Davies, Donald Advisory Group Magnusson Klemencic Seattle USA
Dravid, Girish Country Representative Sterling Engineering Mumbai India
Garland, Mark City Representative LCL Builds Corporation Toronto Canada
Gerardy, Jean-Claude Advisory Group ArcelorMittal Luxembourg Germany
Giarratana, Tony City Representative Giarratana Development Nashville USA
Gibbons, Craig Board of Trustees Arup Brisbane Australia
Gibbons, Craig City Representative Arup Brisbane Australia
Gilchrist, Russell Advisory Group Gensler Shanghai China
Hammoud, Mounib Board of Trustees Jeddah Economic Company Riyadh Saudi Arabia
Harman, Kirk City Representative The Harman Group, Inc. Philadelphia USA
Hasan, Agha City Representative Stephenson Engineering Ltd. Toronto Canada
Ibrahim, Faudziah Advisory Group KLCC Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Jalayerian, Mehdi Advisory Group Environmental Systems Design Chicago USA
Johnson, Timothy Board of Trustees, Chairman NBBJ New York City USA
Kardous, Abdo Advisory Group Hill International Beijing China
Kragh, Mikkel Advisory Group Dow Corning Seneffe Belgium
Lay, Simon Advisory Group AECOM Manchester UK
Li, Guo-Qiang Country Representative Tongji University Shanghai China
Liu, Peng City Representative Arup Beijing China
Maibusch, William Board of Trustees DPR Construction Doha Qatar
Malott, David Board of Trustees, Chair-Elect Kohn Pedersen Fox New York City USA
McGrail, Dean Country Representative WSP Middle East Dubai UAE
Minh, Phan Quang Country Representative National University of Civil Engineering Hanoi Vietnam
Montgomery, Michael City Representative Kinetica Toronto Canada
Palafox Jr., Felino A. Country Representative Palafox Associates Makati City Philippines
Parakh, James Advisory Group City of Toronto Toronto Canada
Patterson, Mic Advisory Group Enclos Los Angeles USA
Pederick, Glen Advisory Group Meinhardt Melbourne Australia
Poon, Dennis Board of Trustees Thornton Tomasetti New York City USA
Prasetyoadi, Tiyok Country Representative PDW Architects Jakarta Indonesia
Pratt, Robert Advisory Group Tishman Speyer Properties Shanghai China
Quintana de Uña, Javier Country Representative Taller Básico de Arquitectura SLP Madrid Spain
Sarkisian, Mark Advisory Group Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP San Francisco USA
Shenhav, Gil City Representative Canaan-Shenhav Architects, Ltd. Tel Aviv Israel
Suoranta, Santeri Country Representative KONE Industrial, Ltd. Espoo Finland
Trabucco, Dario Country Representative IUAV University of Venice Venice Italy
Tse, Kam-Chuen (Vincent) Board of Trustees Parsons Brinckerhoff Hong Kong China
Tzur, Moshe City Representative Tzur Architects International Ltd. Tel Aviv Israel
Weismantle, Peter Advisory Group, Chair Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Chicago USA
Witt, Richard Country Representative Quadrangle Architects Toronto Canada
Wolfe, Bruce Country Representative Conrad Gargett Riddel Brisbane Australia
Wood, Antony Board of Trustees, Executive Director CTBUH / IIT / Tongji Chicago USA
Yang, Cathy Board of Trustees Taipei Financial Center Corporation Taipei Taiwan