CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter Inauguration and Evening Seminar


Thursday, 11 April 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong


In celebration of the establishment of the CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter, the Council is excited to announce the Chapter's inaugural event. Following a lively cocktail reception, the event will feature three renowned speakers who will share their experiences on tall buildings and urban habitats. The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the speakers. Note: The number of participants is limited and the registration deadline Monday, 1 April 2019. Confirmed registrants will be notified by email on or before Thursday, 4 April 2019. A certificate for 1 hour of CPD will be provided. Please contact Mr. Michael Sung at 9869 7281 or email at [email protected] with any inquiries.


5:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
6:00 p.m. – Introduction of the Council, CTBUH Chief Operating Officer John Jacobs
6:05 p.m. – Introduction of CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter, CTBUH Trustee & Hong Kong Chapter Chair Vincent Tse, Managing Director – Building MEP, WSP
6:10 p.m. – CTBUH Hong Kong Chapter Charter Ceremony
6:20 p.m. – Vertical Cities and Urban Habitat, CTBUH Chief Operating Officer John Jacobs
6:40 p.m. – Supertall Building Design Challenges, Robert Whitlock, Design Principal, KPF
7:00 p.m. – High-Performance Structural Engineering, CTBUH Former Trustee Dennis Poon, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti
7:20 p.m. – Q&A


CTBUH Chief Operating Officer John Jacobs

John Jacobs assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat after serving in executive roles with the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) responsible for membership, marketing, and business development. Prior to TIA, John served as senior vice president of marketing and product management with Yankee Group Research in Boston, MA. In earlier positions, John was head, marketing, and business development division at the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations, as well as management roles with MCI (Verizon) and Harris Corporation.

Robert Whitlock, Design Principal, KPF

Robert Whitlock has 40 years experience in architecture design, and is a Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose focus on the design of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans has been as much about enhancing the urban experience as about shaping individual buildings. Since beginning professional practice, Whitlock has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the “global city.” Most recently, Whitlock designed the 528-meter tall CITIC Tower, the tallest building in Beijing. Inspired by the form of a traditional Chinese ritualistic artifact – the “zun” – CITIC Tower is a new icon of the capital city, with transit connections and an observation deck that brings the public into the space. The CITIC Tower will be in full operation this year.

Former CTBUH Trustee Dennis Poon,
Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti

Dennis Poon has more than 40 years of experience in the structural engineering of a wide variety of building types, such as supertall structures, mixed-use buildings, hotels, airports, arenas and residential buildings worldwide. His expertise is in the application of state-of-the-art engineering technologies for building analysis, design and construction, including project delivery strategies. Dennis also has extensive experience in seismic design, structural investigations and optimization of structural systems. High on his list of accomplishments is the role he played in leading the structural design teams for China’s tallest buildings: Suzhou Zhongnan Center (729 m), Shanghai Tower (632 m), Ping An International Finance Center (600 m), Wuhan Greenland Center (480 m), and Chengdu Greenland Tower (468 m).



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