Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Fire & Safety Working Group
There has been a resurgence of interest in fire and life safety of tall buildings following the events of 9/11, but also stimulated by the current trend in building design to reach greater heights than ever before with schemes of increasing complexity and architectural merit. The Fire and Life Safety Working Group is an international cross discipline working group that reviews current research and offers guidance and support to developers, designers and local code enforcement agencies of tall buildings. It is concerned with leading the industry, globally, towards a consensus on designing safe buildings, taking account of modern forms of risk, when and where appropriate.

This working group has a unique mix of members that include those from academia, structural engineers, practicing architects, fire engineers and code applications practitioners. The Co-Chairs believe this cross-mixing of practice areas brings a diversity of thought and development of best practice ideas for designers in the tall building design community.
Simon Lay
José Torero
The University of Queensland
Daniel O'Connor
AON Fire Protection Engineering

Working Group Milestones
Contact Information
For more information on the Fire & Safety Working Group, please contact any of the working group Co-Chairs (contact information is available by clicking on the Co-chair images above) and/or