Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH World Congress 2019 Steering Committee Holds First Meeting
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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90 people attended the Steering Committee's first meeting in order to plan and discuss the upcoming 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress.

CHICAGO – The Steering Committee for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress convened for the first time on 27 November 2018, at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). With about 90 people in attendance, CTBUH CEO Antony Wood walked through the basic plan for the World Congress, to be held in Chicago from 28 October to 2 November 2019, outlining the roles and responsibilities of Steering Group members and answering questions along the way.

After a brief introduction by Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of CAC, which is one of CTBUH’s partner organizations generally and in support of the Congress specifically, Wood familiarized attendees with the mission of the CTBUH, its past conferences, and intentions for the 2019 Congress. He pointed out that the World Congress in 2019 would be particularly momentous, for, in addition to being larger than a typical conference, it will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of CTBUH, and it will be the first time the Council has held its main annual event in Chicago since 2009. As such, it will involve some special events, including a formal dinner, special symposia around the theme “50 Forward, 50 Back,” a landmark designation for tall buildings, and more. There will also be additional opportunities with connected, support-building events on the Congress themes, prior to the event itself, both in Chicago and around the global CTBUH network.

After explaining the timing and organization of the six-day event, Wood also detailed the various sponsorship levels, and the specific benefits to which each sponsorship level will be attached. Each attendee was presented with a CTBUH 2019 brochure, and an agreement stating benefits and responsibilities for the Steering Committee members. The objective is to engage with the rich array of professionals in Chicago, tasking one high-ranking person from each representative company with representing that company’s interest in the Congress, and to become an advocate for the Congress within that company and to its network of clients and partner firms, Wood said.

Lynn Osmond, President and CEO, CAC, delivered opening remarks at the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress (left); CTBUH CEO Antony Wood outlined the basic program details for the upcoming Congress, highlighting the Steering Committee's roles and responsibilites (right).

The general responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:
  • Help steer the Congress overall, through advising/organizing parts of the program, off-site programs, workshops etc.
  • Attend between three and four steering committee meetings over the next 11 months
  • Assist in connecting CTBUH with high-profile speakers, particularly in government
  • Introduce companies to CTBUH and encourage their involvement in the Congress as sponsors, speakers and attendees
  • Encourage the Committee member’s own company to sponsor the Congress
  • Encourage event attendance / Promote the event
In return, Wood noted that each committee member would be profiled with an independent page on the CTBUH Web site, receive subsidized conference registration, name badge recognition as a “CTBUH Leader” and “Host Committee” member, enjoy enhanced access to the most influential people involved in the Congress, and to be recognized as an authoritative figure in the CTBUH network.

At the end of the presentation, attendees asked questions about how the Congress would be promoted on social media (answer: #CTBUH2019); on the process for acceptance of abstracts and inclusion of presentations, and the approximate number of returning attendees from year to year (answer: more than 50 percent on average).

At the end of the meeting, attendees stayed on to discuss their potential roles with CTBUH staff over coffee and refreshments.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee or the 2019 World Congress generally, please visit the Congress Web Site or write

After the presentation, a lively question-and-answer session ensued, revolving around themes of event promotion on social media, submissions, and returning attendees.



Surname First Name Company
Betancur Juan Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Moriarty Jocelyn Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Rao Anjulie AIA Chicago
Stine Tabitha American Institute of Steel Construction
Sunandjaja Johardy Armstrong Ceiling Solutions
Craib-Cox Susanna Arup
McElhatten Brian Arup
Baumann Oliver Baumann Consulting
Naik Ajit Baumann Consulting
Hasan Melissa BCBS
Sarhan Yusra BCBS
Domoff Rachel bKL Architecture LLC
Hasbrouk Charles bKL Architecture LLC
Moskus Carl bKL Architecture LLC
Herman Matthew BuroHappold Engineering
Gosetti Tony CallisonRTKL
Lai Joseph CallisonRTKL
Nieman Lynne Chicago Architecture Center
Osmond Lynn Chicago Architecture Center
Kuhl Matthew Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings / Perkins+Will
Berkshire Michael City of Chicago
Roubik Cindy City of Chicago
Aboutorabi Javid Clark Construction Group
Phares Chris Clark Construction Group
Spiewak Bud Cosentini Associates
Crowell David Cotter Consulting Inc.
Weir Chip Cotter Consulting Inc.
Calistro Ralph CS Associates, Inc.
Scanlon Brian J. CS Associates, Inc.
Pacheco Jose CTL Group
Jalayerian Mehdi Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Weed Christy Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Tisch Cary GEI Consultants
Gilchrist Russell Gensler
Lee Connie Gensler
Larson Matt Goettsch Partners
Zheng James Goettsch Partners
Copper Don GREC Architects
DeCapri Dennis GREC Architects
Peavler Kate HOK, Inc.
Ruggiero Peter HOK, Inc.
Henderson Ron Illinois Institute of Technology
Sabatino Michelangelo Illinois Institute of Technology
Harper Jeff Jensen Hughes
Tonyan Tim Jensen Hughes
Hopwood David JLL
Zettl Mark JLL
Patrick O'Connell KONE Industrial, Ltd.
Turner James Lerch Bates, Inc.
Losik Jim Magellan Development Group, LLC
Eckmann David Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc.
Streid Matt Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc.
Cassidy Bill Otis Elevator Company
Becker Elizabeth Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Weber Ron Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Kennedy Scott Pepper Construction
Pankonen Chris Pepper Construction
Mick Deidre Perkins+Will
Palmer Michael Perkins+Will
Curley Edward Rafael Vinoly Architects
Feste Jordan Riverside Investment & Development
Payne Chris Riverside Investment & Development
Block Joseph Schindler
Hrydziuszko Adam Schindler
Rossetti Matthew Sentient Law, Ltd.
Szafranski Vince Sentient Law, Ltd.
Vedral Maria SilverEdge Systems Software, Inc.
Zhu Yue Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Dean Helena Society of Architectural Historians
Saliga Pauline Society of Architectural Historians
Apostolopoulas Vickie Solomon Cordwell Buenz - SCB
Patterson Devon Solomon Cordwell Buenz - SCB
Sowlat Koz Sowlat Structural Engineers
Zhang Jienan Sowlat Structural Engineers
Ketcham Bill Stantec
Roberts Rebel Stantec
Soenksen Harry Studio Gang Architects
Walker Michan Studio Gang Architects
Martin Jeffrey Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Peronto John Thornton Tomasetti
Elschner Gabriele thyssenkrupp Elevator
Van Den Akker Jurrien thyssenkrupp Elevator
Van Zeyl Kate Turner Construction Company
Ramirez Alfredo Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC
Bonini John WMA Consulting Engineers
Cahill Kevin WMA Consulting Engineers
Halvorson Robert WSP
Hellmuth Samantha WSP