Building Tall: Skyscrapers for All?

$20 public (includes CAC admission)
$15 CAC and CTBUH members

Tuesday, 4 June 2019
6:00 pm
111 East Wacker Drive


If tall buildings represent the future of city living, what policies and technologies will help make them affordable to the masses? All too often skyscrapers are bastions of the rich. Where do opportunities exist to change this reality, and what case studies can we look to? Join tall building experts from the overlapping fields of architecture, design and policy-making for a fast-paced and vigorous discussion of this most pressing issue. This is the latest installment of our Building Tall lecture series, hosted by the CAC and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This series uncovers everything from the physics to the financials of how skyscrapers work.

About the Speakers

Katrin Klingenberg is the executive director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), based in Chicago, an organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. Katrin began her career in architecture with Murphy/Jahnin Chicago. She then worked for the architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago. In 2002, she started her own firm and became a registered architect in Germany. In 2007, Katrin co-founded the Passive House Institute US to work on education. She is the executive and the lead instructor for the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training. She also directs the technical and research programs, which have trained over 2,000 architects, engineers, energy consultants, energy raters and builders in passive building standards. PHIUS has become the leading passive building research and information provider in North America.



Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. With a career that spans over 40 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture, being exclusively composed of work in the public realm. Carol’s projects vary in type and scale, but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality. This has manifest itself in design of spaces that enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent, and break boundaries.



Mimi Hoang, AIA, LEED, is a co-founding Principal of nARCHITECTS, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Along with Eric Bunge, she oversees the design and technical development of all projects in the office. Mimi received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from M.I.T. Prior to founding nARCHITECTS, she trained in New York, Boston and Amsterdam. Mimi has also taught at Yale University, Harvard University and UC Berkeley.




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Susan F. King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal with HED Architects. Nationally she is the firm’s National Sustainable Practice Leader, developing and implementing nationwide sustainable design policies. Regionally she is a Studio Leader for housing in the Midwest. She recently worked on designing Lake Street Studios in Chicago’s West Loop and she has also been involved with reimagining the historic portion of Lathrop, one of the last Chicago Housing Authority Transformation Plans. As a principal, she leads multidisciplinary teams towards achieving aesthetically appealing sustainable solutions in a collaborative integrated design setting.