Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2015 Leaders Meeting Highlights Council’s Global Reach
October 25, 2015
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CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, opened the meeting.
NEW YORK CITY – The Annual Leaders Meeting brought together 100 of the Council’s group leaders, regional representatives, trustees, committee chairs, and staff from around the world to discuss new ways to champion the organization’s mission. CTBUH Chairman David Malott and Executive Director Antony Wood set the tone of the meeting by offering words of gratitude for accomplishments to date and emphasizing the importance of this year’s Conference. “This is not just a conference – this is actually many CTBUH programs coming together in conjunction with our annual event in the form of research outputs, committee meetings, student initiatives, and sponsor programs,” Malott said.

Wood then spoke about the next day’s New York Conference, noting that for the first time the event sold out six weeks in advance.

“We more or less sell out our Conferences every year…but we have never ever seen what has happened this year. We closed registration at 1,200 delegates six weeks ago and we had more than 300 people put their names on a wait list.” he said.

He shared some general statistics about conference attendance this year:  there are 1,200 delegates representing 45 countries; 57% of delegates are from outside the US; one out of every five attendees are owners/developers; 144 attendees are from Israel; and numerous major developers have sent significant delegations, having seen the value of major representation at the event.
Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, updated leaders on recent Council developments.
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director, discussed the recent launch of the China Office
After a sneak peek of the 2016 Conference Launch Video, and an overview of the numerous publications produced by the Council in the past twelve month, attendees were addressed by several of the Council’s global office heads and chapter leaders, including Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director. Safarik gave an update of the numerous initiatives being undertaken in China since the regional office launched in March 2015. He informed leaders that submissions are currently being accepted for the China Awards program, which will be modeled on the successful annual International CTBUH Awards Program and will hold its own Symposium and Dinner in Shanghai in May 2016.
CTBUH published ten new books this year.
Commenting on his time so far in Shanghai, Safarik noted “Our office is humble in size, but it is fully operational and we have three staff working jointly with Peng Du in the Chicago Office for coordination and translation purposes.”

Safarik then told the group about the recent addition of Xia Sun, the new Associate Director of the China Office, who has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has already provided a critical link to the tall building community in China. The office has also signed a publishing agreement with Tongji University Press for a Chinese version of the CTBUH Journal and the 2016 Conference Proceedings. Additionally, efforts have been focused on the complete Chinese translation of the Skyscraper Center, which will soon come to fruition.
CTBUH Leaders gathered in New York City to discuss the direction of the Council moving forward.
Next, a handful of Chapter Leaders updated the group on the initiatives being undertaken in their part of the world, including: Steve Watts, CTBUH United Kingdom; Bruce Wolfe, CTBUH Australia; and Girish Dravid, CTBUH India. One of the biggest successes that these leaders noted for 2015 was the major increase in chapter activities and the resultant attendance. Compared to the 39 CTBUH regional events that were held in 2014, so far there have been 66 in 2015 (at the time of the Leaders Meeting).
Research Manager Dario Trabucco gave an update on the research initiatives being undertaken at the CTBUH Research Office in Venice, Italy. He noted the completion of the two-year, Arcelor-Mittal sponsored Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems project and release of the final report publication. In other news, the Arcelor-Mittal sponsored Megacolumns research study, which started in April 2014, is on schedule to complete in 2016 and will culminate in a journal article in an engineering journal and possibly a CTBUH Technical Guide. Another large-scale research project recently started, sponsored by Bouygues Construction, is focused on tall building damping systems. This project was started in May 2015 and aims at creating a comprehensive publication summarizing the state-of-the-art of damping systems in tall buildings.
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager, presented on the latest CTBUH research projects
The Leaders also heard from James Parakh, Urban Habitat/Urban Design Committee Chair, who touched on the successes of both the Winter and Warm Weather Walking Tours that took place during 2015, and encouraged everyone to continue supporting this vital series of events.

Antony reminded the Leaders that last year the message everyone left with was “nobody in the room needs to do everything, but everybody needs to do something.” The presentations that were given at this meeting were from Leaders and Chapters that have done quite a lot in the last year, and should be seen as an example for how to get involved, get organized, and start making significant contributions. So for this meeting, the message everyone left with is “nobody in the room needs to do everything, but everybody needs to reassess whether they want to be involved with the Council and if they don’t have time themselves, whether they can tap into younger colleagues in their organization who can really get involved in this stuff, underneath themselves as a figurehead!”

The next meeting of the group will take place during the 2016 Conference in Shenzhen, China on Sunday October 16, 2016.
Name Position Company Country City
Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq Advisory Group Samsung C&T Korea Seoul
Temoor Ahmad Regional Representative Grimshaw United Kingdom London
Sean Ahrens Working Group Chair Aon USA Glenview
Jose Alfano Regional Representative Alfano Architects Australia Melbourne
Roland Bechmann Regional Representative Werner Sobek Stuttgart Germany Stuttgart
Trino Beltran Regional Representative Bouygues Construction France Paris
Jim Bilger Advisory Group CBRE USA Los Angeles
Georges M. Binder Regional Representative Buildings & Data S.A. Belgium Brussels
Terri Boake Skyscraper Center University of Waterloo Canada Toronto
Ilkay Can-Standard YPC NYC Committee Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates USA New York
Shabbir Chandabhai Regional Representative Burhani Design Architects USA Chicago
Julian Chen Regional Representative Henning Larsen Architects Denmark Copenhagen
Joseph Chou Trustee Taipei Financial Center Taiwan, P.R.C. Taipei
Kwang Ryang Chung Regional Representative Dongyang Structural Engineers Korea South Seoul
Chris Colasanti Advisory Group JBB USA New York
Marc Colella Regional Representative AECOM Australia Melbourne
Anton Davies Regional Representative RWDI Canada Toronto
Donald Davies Advisory Group Magnusson Klemencic Associates USA Seattle
Johannes de Jong Advisory Group KONE Finland Hyvinkaa
Hardik Doshi YPC NYC Committee McNamara/Salvia USA New York
Girish Dravid Regional Representative Sterling Engineering India Mumbai
Scott Duncan Advisory Group Skidmore Owings & Merrill USA New York
Phil Gardiner Regional Representative Irwinconsult Pty Ltd Australia East Melbourne
Mark Garland Regional Representative LCL Builds Corporation Canada Toronto
John Gaskin Advisory Group Brookfield Multiplex Australia Brisbane
Brad Geinzer Regional Representative JBA Consulting Engineers United States Las Vegas
Jean-Claude Gerardy Advisory Group ArcelorMittal Germany Esch-sur-Alzette
Craig Gibbons Trustee, Secretary Arup Australia Fortitude Valley (Brisbane)
Rafael Gomes de Oliveira Regional Representative Thornton Tomasetti USA Chicago
Mounib Hammoud Trustee Jeddah Economic Company Saudi Arabia Riyadh
Kirk Harman Regional Representative The Harman Group United States King of Prussia
Anil Hira Regional Representative Buro Happold India Mumbai
Nathaniel Hollister YPC Chicago Committee Goettsch Partners USA Chicago
Faudziah Ibrahim Advisory Group KLCC Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Timothy J. Johnson Trustee, Vice-Chairman NBBJ USA New York
Abdo Kardous Advisory Group Hill China Beijing
Ron Klemencic Working Group Chair Magnusson Klemencic Associates USA Seattle
Stephen Lai Advisory Group Rider Levett Bucknall China Hong Kong
Mark Lavery Regional Representative Buro Happold UAE Dubai
David LeFevre Regional Representative Gensler United States Atlanta
David Malott Trustee, Chairman Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates USA New York
Danny Marian Regional Representative Idanim Management and Holdings Ltd. Israel Binyamina
Ken McBryde Regional Representative HASSELL Australia Sydney
Dean McGrail Regional Representative WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff UAE Sharjah
Michael Montgomery Regional Representative Kinetica Canada Toronto
Tim Neal Trustee Arcadis United Kingdom London
Inigo Ortiz Regional Representative Ortiz Leon Arquitectos Spain Madrid
Felino A. Palafox, Jr. Regional Representative Palafox Associates Philippines Makati City
Anand Pandit Advisory Group Lotus Group India Mumbai
James Parakh Advisory Group City of Toronto Canada Toronto
Mic Patterson Advisory Group Enclos USA Los Angeles
Dennis Poon Trustee Thornton Tomasetti USA New York
Tiyok Prasetyoadi Regional Representative PDW Architects Indonesia Jakarta
Robert Pratt Advisory Group Tishman Speyer China Shanghai
Javier Quintana de Una Regional Representative Idom United Kingdom London
Dennis Rehill Regional Representative WATG United States Seattle
Mark Sarkisian Advisory Group Skidmore Owings & Merrill USA San Francisco
Gil Shenhav Regional Representative Canaan Shenhav Architects Israel Tel Aviv
Abrar Sheriff Trustee Turner Construction USA New York
Ian Skelton Regional Representative AECOM United Kingdom London
Ronald Steinvorth Regional Representative IECA Internacional S.A. Costa Rica San Jose
Santeri Suoranta Regional Representative KONE Finland Hyvinkaa
Dario Trabucco Regional Representative Università IUAV di Venezia Italy Venice
Kam-Chuen (Vincent) Tse Trustee Parsons Brinckerhoff Hong Kong Kowloon Bay
Moshe Tzur Regional Representative Tzur Architects & Urban Planners Israel Tel Aviv
Vince Ugarow Regional Representative Hilson Moran Partnership United Kingdom London
John Viise Working Group Chair Thornton Tomasetti USA Chicago
Steven Watts Trustee, Treasurer Alinea Consulting United Kingdom London
Peter Weingarten Regional Representative Gensler United States San Francisco
Peter Weismantle Advisory Group Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill USA Chicago
Richard Witt Regional Representative Quadrangle Architects Canada Toronto
Bruce Wolfe Regional Representative Conrad Gargett Architecture Australia Brisbane
Antony Wood Trustee, Executive Director CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University USA Chicago
Sasha Zeljic YPC Chicago Committee Gensler USA New York