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Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the CTBUH since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, of which he is an ex-officio member. Prior to this, he was CTBUH Vice-Chairman for Europe and Head of Research. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH and an increase in output and initiatives across all areas.
Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also a Studio Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to joining the Council and IIT, Antony was an Associate Professor/Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 2001–2006, where he ran the third and fifth year programs respectively, and was an active member of various research teams. The design research output of his various academic collaborations can be seen here; at the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Nottingham. Whilst at Nottingham, he also founded the Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group.
Prior to becoming an academic, Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and the UK, between 1991–2001. It was during this time that he developed his passion for, and professional background in, tall buildings. Tall Buildings/large projects he has been involved in these countries include the £120 million, 11 No. mixed office/residential tower project of SV City, Bangkok (completed 1995), the £70 million 4 No. 44-story condominia project of Kuningan Persada, Jakarta (1997) and the prestigious £200 million Kuala Lumpur Central International Railway Terminal, Malaysia (completed 2001).
He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas, some of which are highlighted below. He is an associate editor of two journals: the CTBUH Journal, and the Journal of the "The Structural design of Tall and Special Buildings", produced by John Wiley & Sons, He was also editor of the two CTBUH special editions of this latter journal produced in 2007 and 2008. Antony has been Conference Chair and/or chair of the scientific committee at several recent CTBUH conferences: including Mumbai (2010), Chicago (2009), Dubai (2008), Chicago (2006) and New York (2005). He has also presented at numerous conferences, and regularly lectures, around the world. Some of these presentations are listed below.
Antony is Chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group, a member of the CTBUH Height Committee, and a member of the CTBUH Awards Jury. He has previously worked on research projects/proposals in conjunction with Arup, the University of Greenwich Fire Safety Engineering Group, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Building Services Engineering and the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has supervised numerous PhD students, including that of CTBUH Research Coordinator Philip Oldfield and his project: "The Carbon Implications of Tall: A Life Cycle Energy/Carbon Analysis of High-Rise Buildings in Differing Geographical Regions."
He is currently engaged in several books, including "The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments"; "The Encyclopedia of the Skyscraper"; "New Paradigms in High Rise Design"; and "Pavements in the Sky: The Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings". Antony contributes regularly to media outlets and has given many media interviews, some of which are highlighted below.
His published books and research papers in the field of Tall Buildings include
WOOD, A. (2010). The Re-Making of Mumbai: A CTBUH-IIT Collaborative Architectural Design Studio. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal 2010, Issue 1. Chicago, USA. pp 22-33.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2009). Best Tall Buildings 2009: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in conjunction with Routledge / Taylor & Francis, UK.
OLDFIELD, P., TRABUCCO, D. & WOOD, A. (2009). Five Energy Generations of Tall Buildings: A Historical Analysis of Energy Consumption in High-Rise Buildings. Journal of Architecture. Volume 14, No.5. October 2009, pp.591-613
OLDFIELD, P. & WOOD, A. (2009). Tall Buildings in the Global Recession: 2008, 2020 and beyond. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal 2009, Issue 1. Chicago, USA. pp 20-26. ISSN: 1946-1186
WOOD, A. (2009). Foreword to High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, Third Edition, by Geoff Craighead. Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, an imprint of Elsevier, UK.
WOOD, A. & OLDFIELD, P. (2009). Global Trends in High-Rise Design. In MEI, H. & ZHU, Y. The New Trends of the Creation of High-Rise Building. China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, China. (text in Chinese)
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2008). Best Tall Buildings 2008: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in conjunction with Elsevier/ Architectural Press. Burlington, USA.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2008). Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future. Proceedings of the CTBUH 8th World Congress, 3rd-5th March 2008. Dubai, UAE. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago.
WOOD, A. (2008). Grey or Green? Urban Land (publication of the Urban Land Institute). Volume 67, Number 6. USA. June 2008. pp.64-70.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2008). Recommendations for the Seismic Design of High-Rise Buildings. Report of the CTBUH Working Group on the Seismic Design of Tall Buildings, authored by WILLFORD, M., WHITTAKER, A. & KLEMENCIC, R. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Chicago, USA.
WOOD, A. (2008). Editorial: Tall Sustainability - An Urban Imperative? Journal of the Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Volume 17, Issue No.5. UK. December 2008. pp. 853-856.
WOOD, A. & SAY, C. (2008). Sustainable Rating Systems Around the World. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal 2008, Issue II. Chicago, USA. pp. 18-29.
WOOD, A., BRESSINGTON, P., & COX, A. (2008). Safety and Security; Expecting the Unexpected. Chapter 9 of the report: SHEEHAN, B. & MERZ, C. (2008). Fire Safety 2009, Special Report: Comprehensive research and guidance on meeting your responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Published by Workplace Law. Cambridge, UK.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2008). Architecture and Culture 2008: Challenging the Global Vernacular. Edited collection of research papers from the course "Advanced Topics in Architecture and Culture", by Antony Wood. Published by Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago in conjunction with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Chicago, USA.
LABAR, W. & WOOD, A. (2008). Tall Tales: A Century of Exhibiting Tall Buildings. Proceedings of the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) 8th World Congress, Dubai: ‘Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future’. Dubai, UAE. 3rd – 5th March. pp.707-714.
WOOD, A. (2007). Editorial. Journal of the Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Volume 16, Issue No. 4. UK. December 2007. pp. 333-334.
WOOD, A. (2007). Sustainability: A New High Rise Vernacular? Journal of the Structural design of Tall and Special Buildings. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Volume 16, Issue No. 4. UK. December 2007. pp. 401-410.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2007). Thinking Outside the Box: Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers. Video Conference Proceeding of the CTBUH Chicago Conference 2006. 10-DVD set. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Chicago, USA.
WOOD, A. & OLDFIELD, P. (2007). Bridging the gap: An analysis of proposed evacuation links at height in the World Trade Centre design competition entries. Architectural Science Review. Volume 50.2 University of Sydney, Australia. June 2007. pp.173-180.
WOOD, A. (2007). Integrity of Place. Urban Land (publication of the Urban Land Institute). Volume 66, Number 11/12. USA. November / December 2007. pp. 71-75
WOOD, A & BAITZ, C. (2007). Maglev goes High Rise? The potential of horizontal maglev technology for vertical high rise elevators. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal, Fall 2007. Chicago, USA. pp. 26-29.
WOOD, A. & OXLEY, D. (2007). Learning through Collaboration: an Industry / School of Architecture Partnership. CEBE Transactions: the Journal of the Centre for Education in the Built Environment. Volume 4. Issue 1. UK. April 2007. pp. 76-88.
WOOD, A. (2007). The Role of Tall Buildings in Urban Generation. BURA Journal: Journal of the British Urban Regeneration Association. Ten Alps Publishing Ltd. Issue 5. London, UK. September 2007. p.9.
PAULS, J., WOOD, A., FERGUSON, A., JUILLET, E., KOSE, S., MENZIES, B., & SIIKONEN, M.L. (2007). Implementing the Paradigm Shift to Use of Elevators/Lifts for Occupant Evacuation in Building Fires. Proceedings of the ‘Include 2007’ conference. London, UK. April 2007.
WOOD, A. (ed.) (2007). Architecture and Culture: Challenging the Global Vernacular. Edited collection of research papers from the course "Advanced Topics in Architecture and Culture", by Antony Wood. Published by Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago in conjunction with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Chicago, USA.
WOOD, A. (2006). Demystifying Construction; Technology in Architectural Education. Journal of Architectural Engineering & Design Management. James & James Publishers / Earthscan. Volume 2. Issue 1. UK. 2006. pp. 5-18.
WOOD, A., CHOW, W.K. & McGRAIL, D. (2005). The Skybridge as an Evacuation Option for Tall Buildings in High-Rise Cities in the Far East. Journal of Applied Fire Science. Baywood Publishing Co. Vol. 13. Number 2. New York, USA. 2004-2005. pp.113-124.
WOOD, A. (2005). Mixed-Use High Rise in the UK: An Urban Renaissance? Proceedings of the University of Hong Kong / Tongji University. 6th International Conference on Tall Buildings (ICTB-VI): ‘Tall Buildings: From Engineering to Sustainability’. Hong Kong. 6th – 8th December 2005. pp. 1126-1136.
WOOD, A. (2004). New Paradigms in High Rise Design. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Journal (CTBUH Review), Issue No. 3. Fall 2004. Chicago, USA. pp. 15-18.
WOOD, A. (2003). Pavements in the Sky: Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings. Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ). Cambridge University Press, UK. Vol. 7. Nos. 3 & 4. 2003. pp. 325 -333.
His numerous lectures and conference presentations given around the world include:
(2010). 4th February 2010. The Re-making of Mumbai: Search for an Appropriate Skyscraper Response. Presented at the CTBUH World Conference, “Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age” on his 2009 IIT tall building design studio output.
(2009). 1st December 2009. ET Think Turf Round-table Discussion. A round table discussion to promote the 2010 Mumbai Conference and present the intentions behind the conference. Times of India headquarters, Mumbai, India.
(2009). 25th November 2009. Tall Trends in Troubling Times. Luncheon presentation for the Economic Development Council. The Tower Club, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, USA.
(2009). 13th November 2009. Seeking the Suitable and Sustainable Skyscraper. Presentation at GACCoM's Green Building Innovation Seminar. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
(2008). 9th + 15th November 2008. Urban Futures: The Aesthetics of Tall Building Sustainability. Presentations to the Australian Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (ACTBUH) Brisbane Club, Brisbane, and North Vibe Hotel conference centre, Sydney.
(2008). 2nd November 2008. Tall, Taller, Tallest...! Presentation at the Chicago Humanities Festival in conjunction with Chicago Architecture Foundation. John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, USA.
(2008). 22nd October 2008. Tall Building Futures? Sustainability and Design in the Context of Tall. Keynote presentation at ‘Moscow Gaining Height Conference’, organized by the Lobby Agency and TSNIIEP. Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow, Russia.
(2008). 7th October 2008. A Tall Order? Skyscrapers and Zero Energy. Architectural Record Innovation Conference: ‘The Net-Zero Energy Buildings Conference’. McGraw Hill Auditorium, New York, USA.
(2008). 17th September 2008. Past, Present and Future: Trends, Drivers and Challenges in Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Keynote Presentation at IABSE (International Association of Bridge & Structural Engineering) 17th Congress: ‘Creating and Renewing Urban Structures: Bridges, Tall Buildings & Infrastructure’. Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel, Chicago, USA.
(2008). 3rd March 2008. Green or Grey: The Aesthetics of Tall Building Sustainability. CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) 8th World Congress, Dubai; ‘Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future’. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
(2007). 10th December 2007. Sustainable Tall Buildings: The Next Generation. Keynote Address. 8th International Conference on Multi-Purpose High-Rise Towers and Tall Buildings: ‘Innovations in Conquest of Vertical Space - Reaching for the Skies’, organized by International Federation of High Rise Structures. Le Royal Méridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
(2007). 15th May 2007. Alternative Forms of Tall Building Evacuation. AEI (Architectural Engineering Institute) / NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) conference, ‘Symposium on High-Rise Building Egress’, McGraw-Hill Auditorium, New York, USA.
(2006). 25th September 2006. Demystifying Sustainability in the Context of ‘Tall’? Taylor & Francis conference: ‘Talking Tall 2; Sustainable planning, design, development and construction of tall buildings’. Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, UK.
(2006). 12th May 2006. Tall Buildings – a 360 degree view. BCO (British Council for Offices) Annual Conference: ‘Going Green’. The Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.
(2005). 7th December 2005. Culture and Personality: the right place and face for Tall Buildings. Taylor & Francis conference: ‘Talking Tall; a challenging discussion on the future of urban skylines’. The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK.
(2005). 18th October 2005. The Shortfall of Tall: the rise of an environmental consciousness in tall building design. CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) 7th World Congress: ‘Renewing the Urban Landscape’. Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York, USA.
(2005). 5th August 2005. The Asian Skyscraper. Asia Design Forum International Summer Session. Organized by Dr. Ken Yeang. PJ College of Art & Design, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(2004). 11th October 2004. New Paradigms in High Rise Design. CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) International Conference: ‘Tall Buildings in Historical Cities – Culture & Technology for Sustainable Cities’, Coex Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea.
(2003).21st October 2003. Pavements in the Sky: The Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings. CIB / CTBUH International Conference on Tall Buildings, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
His numerous media interviews given around the world include:
(2010). 4th February 2010. Mumbai Conference 2010. Antony Wood talks to TV 9 Mumbai about the CTBUH 2010 Conference and the state of tall building development in Mumbai.
(2009). 10th March 2009. Skyscrapers still flying high despite recession? Antony Wood explains to World Architecture News his insight into architecture today and reveals that buildings need not shrink amidst the financial chaos. World Architecture News, UK.
(2009). 27th February 2009. Sears to lead the way in high rise upgrade. Antony Wood talks to CNN News Chicago about the Sears Tower improvement plans and explains why the 40 year old tower needs to be upgraded to accommodate energy strategies that will improve the performance of the historic skyscraper in today’s challenging environment.
(2009). 25th February 2009. A Silver Sears Tower. Antony Wood explains to NBC 5 Chicago why he feels the Sears Tower makeover should take place.
(2009). 18th February 2009. World’s Skylines Heading Up. Antony Wood is interviewed by Vincent Dowd as part of the discussion of why – and where – the world’s skyline is heading upward. BBC Radio World Service. London, UK.
(2009). 9th February 2009. The Remaking of Mumbai. Antony Wood talks to TV 9 Mumbai News regarding the partnership of architecture students from Chicago and architects from Remaking of Mumbai Federation on the C-ward project in Mumbai.
(2008). 6th November 2008. Tall Buildings and Public Spaces. Interview of Antony Wood discussing the revolution that is needed in tall buildings to transform them into livable structures for the 21st century. Smart City Radio. Chicago, USA.
(2008). 14th October 2008. The Future of The Skyscraper. Interview of Antony Wood discussing the evolution of the world’s skyscrapers. Business Week Online. The McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, USA.
(2008). 13th June 2008. The Tallest Buildings in the World. Antony Wood, Blair Kamin and Jay Pridmore are guests on the Milt Rosenburg Show, discussing the global boom in high-rise construction, sustainability and the future of the tall building. WGN Radio. Chicago, USA.
(2008). 3rd March 2008. More Green Towers Expected in Dubai. Interview on the CTBUH 8th World Congress including CTBUH Chairman David Scott and Executive Director Antony Wood on City 7 News Dubai. AME Info FZ LLC / Emap Limited. Dubai, UAE.
(2007). 13th December 2007. 103.8 FM Dubai Eye. Live Radio Interview with Antony Wood discussing the Council’s plans for the 2008 Dubai World Congress. Dubai, UAE.
(2007). 13th September 2007. High & Mighty. Programme: ‘Squeeze Play’ with Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary. 5-6pm EST. 5-minute Interview with Antony Wood on factors driving tall buildings on the occasion of Burj Dubai surpassing CN Tower in height. BNN Business News Network, Canada (Part of CNN).
(2003). October 2003. Malaysia Hosts Skyscraper Forum. Antony Wood interviewed on occasion of CTBUH Kuala Lumpur Conference. BBC World Service Interview. London, UK.