Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 Trustees Meeting, Chicago
March 4, 2013
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CHICAGO—The Board of Trustees of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) held its annual meeting at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago on March 4. 

As a first order of business, the board welcomed three new trustees. 

Cathy Yang, vice president of the Tower Division at Taipei Financial Center Corp., joins from Taiwan, China, where she has been a country representative since 2010. Yang manages and markets the Taipei 101 tower, which held the title of “world’s tallest building” from 2004 to 2010.

Craig Gibbons, currently the Brisbane Buildings Group leader for Arup, has been the project director responsible for the engineering design and delivery of a number of prestigious landmark developments, including the award winning, 283m Cheung Kong Centre and the 412m Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, as well as the striking CCTV Headquarters in Beijing. 

David Malott, a principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in New York, has served as senior designer for some of KPF’s most prestigious projects, including the 492-meter tall Shanghai World Financial Center. He is currently lead designer and project director of the 660-meter Ping An International Finance Center in Shenzen, which will rank as the tallest building in China, and is planned to be the world’s tallest and largest LEED Gold certified building when completed in 2015.

Trustees met March 4 at the Illinois Institute of Technology. From left to right: David Malott, Trustee (Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York, USA); Craig Gibbons, Trustee (Arup, Brisbane, Australia); William Maibusch, Secretary (Turner International, Doha, Qatar); Timothy Johnson, Chairman (NBBJ, New York, USA); Dennis Poon, Trustee (Thornton Tomasetti, New York, USA); William F. Baker, Trustee (Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, USA); Steve Watts, Treasurer (Davis Langdon, London, UK); Cathy Yang, Trustee (Taipei Financial Center Corp., Taipei, Taiwan, China);  Dr. Antony Wood, Executive Director (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA).

The trustees spent most of the day setting policy and direction for the Council for the upcoming year. At a lunch break, the board sat with Council staff, were advised on staff activities and on the status of membership, publications, research, awards and conferences. 

Membership news was a highlight of the staff report to trustees. 

Organizational membership increased 8 percent from 2011 to 2012, an astounding rise of 128 percent from 2010 and 400 percent from 2006. New members have joined every month since February 2006.  Total membership, including individual and organizational members, grew 5% in 2012. 

Executive Director Antony Wood reported the 2012 breakdown of CTBUH Organizational members by discipline: Owners, Developers, Consultants, Construction and Other: 29%; Engineering: 27%; Architecture: 21%; Urban Planning and Landscape: 12%; Materials/Systems Suppliers: 11% 

The breakdown of membership across the four global regions is: Americas: 42%; Asia and Australasia: 33%; Europe: 13%; Middle East and Africa: 12%.

Another bright spot was centered on publications. CTBUH publication sales spiked significantly, up 212% in 2012, partly due to the release of three significant new books, Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings, and the CTBUH 9th World Congress Proceedings, Asia Ascending: Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper. Rounded out by the Best Tall Buildings 2012 annual awards book, these significant new works help to fulfill the Council’s mission to disseminate best practice information to the tall building industry.

The trustees were able to disperse successfully to four continents before one of Chicago’s legendary snowstorms knocked O’Hare International Airport out of service.

The Trustees at work.