Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Celebrates New Office Launch in Chicago
February 23, 2017
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CHICAGO – On the evening of February 23, the CTBUH invited leaders and members to join in a grand celebration of its new office located in downtown Chicago.

Housed within the 1912-built Monroe Building, just across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, the new headquarters sits on the sixth floor, with views of South Michigan Avenue and East Monroe Street.

Attendees socialize during the lively celebration.
Thanks to the décor for the party, the office was transformed from a polished working space to an elegant venue fit to host a soirée. Subtle blue mood-lighting gave the usually busy office an aura of calm. Candles framed proudly displayed Council publications, scattered throughout the space, and tables were centered by more candles and blue place cards inscribed with interesting facts about the CTBUH and the Monroe Building, both of which boast intriguing histories.
CTBUH staff and guests gather around the lunch table at the Council's new office in the Monroe Building.
With the scene all set, festivities began at 5:30 p.m., after working hours. Despite heavy rain, over 100 people cycled into the party throughout the evening, filling the office with a burble of conversation and laughter. Attendees included members from almost every field of the tall building industry, including developers, architects, engineers, contractors, academics, and system suppliers.

Guests enjoyed music from a live DJ, as well as a delicious selection of drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

The office is only the third headquarters in the nearly half-century lifetime of the Council. Previously, CTBUH was housed in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and before that at Lehigh University, the academic home of Council founder Lynn S. Beedle. Along with the HQ, CTBUH has offices in Shanghai, China and Venice, Italy. As the Council approaches its 50th anniversary (2019), it is proud to share its new office space, showing just how far the organization has come.
Friends of the Council share a conversation by the CTBUH Resource Center. (From left to right) Lena Wimmer, Founder, Lena Wimmer Architects; Vedran Mimica, Associate Dean of Research & Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology; Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director; and Peng Du, CTBUH Academic Coordinator & China Support.