Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Douglas Durst, Peter Irwin Receive
CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Awards
•    Lynn S. Beedle Award: Douglas Durst, Chairman, The Durst Organization
•    Fazlur R. Khan Medal: Peter Irwin, Founding Partner, RWDI
•    Best Tall Building Worldwide announced at Awards Dinner, Nov. 6


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August 7, 2014

CHICAGO – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the recipients of its two Lifetime Achievement awards for 2014.

Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Douglas Durst
This year the CTBUH Board of Trustees awarded the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award to Douglas Durst, Chairman, The Durst Organization. Durst is a member of the third generation to lead The Durst Organization, which was founded in 1915 and is one of New York’s oldest and most respected privately held owner-builder-managers of commercial and residential real estate. Since 1968, Durst has shown leadership by making pioneering investments in energy-saving retrofits, and in new-build sustainable skyscrapers, such as One Bryant Park and 4 Times Square (Conde Nast Building).

“As the developer of the Conde Nast and Bank of America Towers, Douglas Durst has delivered on the promise of the sustainable tall building,” said David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect and Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.  “While others only spoke, he took action.”

The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall building and the urban environment during his or her professional career.


Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Winner Peter Irwin
The Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal was awarded to Peter Irwin, founding partner, Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin, Inc. (RWDI), who has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, Burj Khalifa, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, and Shanghai Tower. His Irwin Sensor, developed for wind tunnel studies of pedestrian impact, is now widely used at many laboratories around the world, and his work has ensured the safe and stable construction and operation of tall buildings worldwide.

“Peter’s deep understanding of wind engineering and his innovative thinking have added greatly to the design of many of today’s tallest towers,” said William F. Baker, CTBUH Trustee, Structural Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal recognizes an individual for his/her demonstrated excellence in technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to a discipline(s) for the design of tall buildings and the built urban environment.

All award winners, including the 2014 Best Tall Building Winners and Finalists, will be recognized at the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 6. The symposium will be followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the iconic Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Click here to see the previously announced 2014 regional Best Tall Building award winners and finalists.
Click here to see the 2014 Urban Habitat award winner and finalist.
Click here to see the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award winner and finalists.
Click here to see the 2014 Performance Award winner and finalist.
Click here to see the 2014 10 Year Award winner.

The CTBUH Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a panel of industry experts. Projects are recognized for making an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.

Winners and finalists are featured in the annual CTBUH Awards Book, which is published in conjunction with a major global publisher and distributed internationally each year.

View an overview of last year’s Awards Ceremony & Dinner



Note: For further information on the CTBUH Awards Ceremony & Dinner and Symposium, please visit
http://awards.ctbuh.org

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