Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2016 Leaders Meeting Reinvigorates,
Clarifies Council Direction
October 16, 2016
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SHENZHEN – The Annual Leaders Meeting was held in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong on the eve of the event, bringing together the Council’s working group leaders, regional representatives, trustees, committee chairs, and staff from around the world to discuss the work of the past year and set the agenda for the year ahead.

After a series of brief introductions from the 65 leaders in attendance, CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), began the Leaders Meeting with an opening statement that touched on the variance and depth of Council leadership around the globe: “I am just simply stunned by the breadth and the depth of the diversity both by discipline and by the cities and regions you represent” He went on to thank all those in attendance for volunteering their own time in commitment to furthering the goals of the Council before introducing CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, who steered the meeting.

Wood introduced the agenda for the afternoon and began by discussing the conference that was set to begin the following day. In discussion of the event, Wood characterized it as the largest to date, with 18 months of planning coming to fruition: “I can tell you I don’t think I’ve ever felt so excited about a conference before. We’ve worked really hard to put this tougher. It’s by far our most ambitious conference to date.” The five-day conference lived up to expectations with 258 speakers across three cities, 26 different venues, and approximately 1,350 delegates in attendance.

Meeting attendees greet and converse before the meeting begins

After discussing the logistics of the conference, Wood moved on to briefing the Leaders on other recent CTBUH activities and outputs over the last year, starting with moving to the new headquarters at the Monroe Building in downtown Chicago. He also mentioned the successes of the China Office over the last year, including the inaugural China Awards program hosted at Shanghai Tower, the publication of CTBUH Journals in Chinese, and the translation of The Skyscraper Center database.

However, Wood reserved the majority of his timeslot to discuss the ongoing research projects at CTBUH, which is the area where the Council has seen the most growth in recent years. Along with the launch of a composite megacolumns research report, Wood briefed the audience on new and ongoing research projects in collaboration with Bouygues, Underwriters Laboratories, thyssenkrupp, and Trosifol. Along with 20 publications planned for 2017, this research represents a significant amount of Council outputs for the year to come. In order to make it all possible, the Council currently employs the equivalent of 31 full time staff, which Wood mentioned as another major indicator for growth.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood speaks about the organization's current activites and research undertakings
With future outputs in mind, the agenda next shifted to a discussion on CTBUH conferences for 2017 and 2018. Tackling 2018 first, Wood previewed a “world congress” concept that would be a step up in scale from typical conferences and therefore the largest CTBUH gathering to date, with up to 2,000–4,000 delegates and a corresponding exposition that would feature industry leaders from around the globe. The location for this Congress is still being considered.

For 2017, Wood introduced another new conference concept. Rather than hosting a major conference in one city, or three cities in the same region as was the case in 2016, Wood proposed a series of slightly smaller “regional” conferences organized around a single theme taking place in multiple cities around the globe, in a concentrated but slightly staggered timeframe.  As Wood explained, the idea behind this concept would be to introduce CTBUH to a broader audience while supporting the work of individual chapters around the world: “This needs to be equally driven by the chapters or the local committees who see a value and interest in this, but then it becomes a partnership ... because we really want to support those chapters and regional representatives by bringing our expertise and marrying it with local colleagues who have access to and understanding of the local market.”
Leaders review the overall 2016 Conference program
After receiving feedback on these future conference plans, the conversation shifted to a discussion on CTBUH Committees, Working Groups, and research projects. CTBUH Chairman David Malott briefed the audience on the Vertical Futures research project funded through the Henry C. Turner Award given to CTBUH in 2015. Malott laid out the basic goals of the research and described the process through which his team is gathering information on the state-of-the-art and future technologies poised to reshape all facets of the skyscraper industry.

Next, Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Chair James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Department, and Performance Based Seismic Design (PBSD) Working Group Chair Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, each described the work of their respective groups to realize a technical publication. Both publications are slated to be produced in the coming year.

CTBUH Chairman David Malott, discusses the Vertical Futures research project James Parakh, CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Chair, describes his Committee's upcoming publication
Following that, Regional Representatives from Australia, Canada, Israel, the UK, and New York took the podium to update the leaders on their respective chapter activities. Each chapter reported an upward trajectory in terms of frequency of events and general interest in chapter activities. While all were impressed by the hard work of the regional chapters, Wood noted that they present a unique opportunity to engage new membership that would not necessarily be exposed to general CTBUH activities. A discussion ensued on how to best tap that resource.

As the Leaders Meeting came to a close, Wood touched upon a theme that has resurfaced over the years: “Nobody in the room needs to do everything, but everybody needs to do something.” With the incredible support of a group of volunteers, this guiding philosophy has allowed the Council to expand their activities and outreach around the globe.
Leaders listen intently during the presentations

Marc Colella Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative AECOM Melbourne, Australia
Vikki Lew Working Group: Sustainability AIA HK Hong Kong, China
Steven Watts Board of Trustees, Treasurer Alinea Consulting London, United Kingdom
William Maibusch Committee: Height Andersen Construction Seattle, Washington
Tim Neal Board of Trustees, Secretary Arcadis | CallisonRTKL London, UK
Jean-Claude Gerardy Advisory Group ArcelorMittal Luxembourg City, Luxemboug
Michel Cassagnes CTBUH Cambodia, Country Representative Archetype Group Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mark Petrovic CTBUH Myanmar, Country Representative Archetype Group Yangon, Myanmar
Marine Ros CTBUH Mongolia, Country Representative Archetype Group Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Peter Brannan Guest Arquitectonica Hong Kong, China
Goman Wai-Ming Ho Working Group: Outriggers Arup Hong Kong, China
Jason Krolicki CTBUH San Francisco, City Representative Arup San Francisco, USA
Peng Liu CTBUH Beijing, City Representative Arup Beijing, China
Christopher Drew Working Group: High Performance Facades ASGG Chicago, USA
Karen Wong Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative Bates Smart Melbourne, Australia
Gil Shenhav CTBUH Israel, Tel Aviv City Representative Canaan Shenhav Architects Tel Aviv, Israel
Rodrigo Carazo Chapter: CTBUH Costa Rica, Stand-In Carazo Arquitectos San Jose, Costa Rica
Kui Zhuang China Office Board CCDI Shenzhen, China
James Parakh Advisory Group City of Toronto Toronto, Canada
Shiromal Fernando CTBUH Sri Lanka, Country Representative Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants Colombo, Sri Lanka
Peng Du CTBUH Staff, Academic Coordinator CTBUH Chicago, USA
Jason Gabel CTBUH Staff, Communications Manager CTBUH Chicago, USA
Steven Henry CTBUH Staff, Associate Director CTBUH Chicago, USA
Kelsey Kleidon CTBUH Staff, Global Initiatives Assistant CTBUH Chicago, USA
Jessica Rinkel-Miller CTBUH Staff, Global Initiatives & Events Manager CTBUH Chicago, USA
Daniel Safarik CTBUH Staff, China Office Director CTBUH Shanghai, China
Antony Wood Board of Trustees, Executive Director CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University Chicago, USA
Robin Cheeseright Working Group: Vertical Transportation D2E London, United Kingdom
Israel David CTBUH Israel, Country Representative David Engineering Tel Aviv, Israel
Kwang Ryang Chung CTBUH South Korea, Country Representative Dongyang Structural Engineers Seoul, South Korea
Yongjia Chen China Office Board, Stand-In ECADI Shanghai, China
Johannes de Jong CTBUH Singapore, City Representative Elevating Studio Singapore, Singapore
Michiel de Moel CTBUH Singapore, City Representative Elevating Studio Singapore, Singapore
John Gaskin Advisory Group Gaskin Construction Services Brisbane, Australia
Julian Chen Chapter: CTBUH Scandinavia, Country Representative Henning Larsen Copenhagen, Denmark
Abdo Kardous Advisory Group Hill International Beijing, China
Javier Quintana de Una Chapter: CTBUH UK, Committee Member Idom London, UK
Phil Gardiner Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative Irwin Consult Melbourne, Australia
Danny Marian CTBUH Israel, Tel Aviv City Representative Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers Tel Aviv, Israel
Christopher Colasanti Advisory Group JBB New York City, USA
Mounib Hammoud Board of Trustees, Trustee Jeddah Economic Company Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Eric Lee China Office Board JLL Hong Kong, China
Michael Montgomery Chapter: CTBUH Canada, Treasurer Kinetica Toronto, Canada
David Malott Board of Trustees, Chairman Kohn Pedersen Fox New York City, USA
Santeri Suoranta CTBUH Finland, Country Representative KONE Espoo, Finland
Kevin Thompson Working Group: Façade Access Lerch Bates New York City, USA
Ron Klemencic Working Group: Performance Based Seismic Design MKA Seattle, USA
Moshe Tzur CTBUH Israel, Tel Aviv City Representative Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners Tel Aviv, Israel
Hyeong ill Kim CTBUH Singapore, City Representative National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore
Swinal Samant CTBUH Singapore, City Representative National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore
Timothy J. Johnson Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair NBBJ New York City, USA
Inigo Ortiz CTBUH Spain, Country Representative Ortiz Leon Madrid, Spain
Felino A. Palafox, Jr. CTBUH Philippines, Country Representative Palafox Associates Makati City, Philippines
Richard Witt Chapter: CTBUH Canada, Chair Quadrangle Architects Toronto, Canada
Stephen Lai Advisory Group Rider Levett Bucknall Hong Kong, China
Joseph Chou Advisory Group Taipei Financial Center Taipei, Taiwan
Kirk Harman CTBUH Philadelphia, City Representative The Harman Group Philadelphia, USA
Rafael Gomes de Oliveira CTBUH Brazil, Sao Paulo City Representative Thornton Tomasetti Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dennis Poon Board of Trustees, Trustee Thornton Tomasetti New York City, USA
Robert Pratt Advisory Group Tishman Speyer Shanghai, China
Michael Doring Working Group: Program & Construction Management Turner International Jakarta, Indonesia
Dimpee Shah Chapter: CTBUH India, Member Turner International Mumbai, India
Abrar Sheriff Board of Trustees, Trustee Turner International New York City, USA
Terri Boake Committee: Height University of Waterloo Toronto, Canada
Murilo Bonilha China Office Board UTC Shanghai, China
Glen Pederick Advisory Group Waterman Melbourne, Australia
Dennis Rehill CTBUH Seattle, City Representative WATG Seattle, USA
Roland Bechmann CTBUH Germany, Country Representative Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH Stuttgart, Germany
Kam-Chuen (Vincent) Tse Board of Trustees, Trustee WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Hong Kong, China