Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
October 2015 Trustee Meeting Report

October 25, 2015

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NEW YORK CITY – The second CTBUH Board of Trustees meeting of 2015 took place on October 25 in the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan, in advance of the 2015 CTBUH Conference. The purpose of the meeting was for the Board to discuss and reach an agreement on Council strategy for the upcoming year, as well as welcome Trustees assuming new roles.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood presenting events for the upcoming year.

CTBUH Chairman David Malott kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone to New York City and expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming Conference. He introduced and welcomed two new Trustees: Tim Neal, Global Director, Buildings, Arcadis; and Abrar Sheriff, President and CEO, Turner International. Malott also gave special thanks to the two members retiring in 2015 for their dedication to the Council: Craig Gibbons, Global Structural Engineering Leader, Arup, whom had served as Trustee and Secretary; and Joseph Chou, President, Taipei Financial Center Corporation.

CTBUH Conferences and Sponsorship

Next, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood stepped up to give an overview of the exciting CTBUH 2015 Conference directly following the Trustee meeting in the same Grand Hyatt venue. The Council’s largest conference to date, it sold out in a record six weeks in advance of the event. The Conference drew 1,200 delegates from 45 countries, representing a total of 488 different companies. Wood reported that 43 percent of delegates hailed from the US, 19 percent from Asia, 14 percent from the Middle East, and 13 percent from Europe, with the rest representing the Americas and Africa. It was made possible by 57 generous sponsors, 12 of whom were owner/developers.

Wood went on to describe the CTBUH 2016 Conference, which will be distinct from anything the Council has organized in the past. "Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism" will be hosted progressively across three cities in China’s Pearl River Delta, beginning with two presentation days and a day of technical tours in Shenzhen, then moving on to Guangzhou, and finally to Hong Kong.
Asia Office

Operations at the CTBUH China Office, headquartered at Tongji University in Shanghai are well underway. China Office Director Daniel Safarik currently leads a staff of five, with the recent hire of Xia Sun to be Associate Director. This small but “mighty” staff is undertaking large initiatives such as coordinating the CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Buildings Awards program, a joint initiative of CTBUH and the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings, established in April 2015. Another major milestone for the office this year has been a publication agreement with Tongji University Press, to print the 2016 Conference Proceedings Publications, CTBUH Journal in Chinese, and other key CTBUH Chinese-language publications.
(From left to right) Former Trustee Joseph Chou (Taipei Financial Center Corporation), Former Secretary Craig Gibbons (Arup), Executive Director Antony Wood (CTBUH, IIT, Tongji Univ.), Treasurer Steve Watts (Alinea Consulting), Chairman David Malott (Kohn Pedersen Fox), Trustee Vincent Tse (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), Trustee Mounib Hammoud (Jeddah Economic Company), Trustee Dennis Poon (Thornton Tomasetti), Trustee Abrar Sheriff (Turner Construction), Secretary Tim Neal (ARCADIS).
Research Update

Subsequently, Wood updated the Trustees on large-scale research projects, headed up by Dario Trabucco at the CTBUH Research office at IUAV (Università IUAV di Venezi) in Venice. The Life Cycle Assessment, a project launched in January of 2013, culminated with the publication of “Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural System” in the fall of 2015. He informed the group that another research project on megacolumns is close to completion, with a publication ensuing in 2016, and that a third project was just launched this year to explore tall building damping systems.

CTBUH Operations

Wood wrapped up the meeting by reporting on the Council’s continued efforts to drive membership, which include the production of a sleek updated brochure that is clear, easy-to-read, and visually appealing, and a comprehensive new survey to members. He touched on Regional Representation & Chapters, noting that the Council continues to expand its reach across the globe, with more events planned for 2016 already than were achieved in 2015.

In order to support all of these initiatives, the Council is currently employing 28 full time staff across the three offices. Wood concluded by announcing that the CTBUH headquarters will relocate from the College of Architecture at IIT University to the Monroe building in Chicago’s Loop area to accommodate the organizations expanding staff.

The date for the next Board of Trustee meeting has been set for March 3, 2016 and will be held at Iuav in Venice.