Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Transforming Ideas into Practical Innovations
CTBUH Announces its Research Development Initiative

July, 2011
The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce its Research Development Initiative directed at colleagues involved in (or aspiring to be involved in) tall building-related research and development.  The central goal of this initiative is to promote grant proposal submissions and to reduce barriers to tall building research.  Recognizing that research is vital to the future of tall building production, the Research Development Initiative will target opportunities for advancing new innovations and technologies.

This initiative is being spearheaded by the Council’s new Research and Working Group Manager, Mr. Patrick Bayard.  Mr Bayard has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, American Studies and Political Science from Hofstra University, a Master’s Degree in Public Management from Saint Thomas University in Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Patrick Bayard, Research and Working Group Manager

He brings significant experience of what it takes to fund a successful research having worked for the following research organizations as a proposal reviewer: the Grand Victoria Foundation; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Illinois Resources Network; the Sara Lee Foundation; and the Chicago Community Trust.

An Inaugural Call for Research Proposals

The Council thus now invites its members and associates to consider this opportunity and put forward viable research proposals, which can form the basis of research funding applications to appropriate funding bodies internationally. The Council will provide assistance in the drafting of proposals and explore funding opportunities as well as examine any additional resource needs to ensure a successful project.  Ultimately the Council – through relevant individuals within its membership – would seek to be either a supporter of, or collaborator on, the research proposal.

Please submit a short summary of the project outlining the proposal, expected work to be performed, funding level and the name / contact information of the Principal Investigator/Project Director.  For research proposals or projects already in an advanced state, CTBUH staff may be able to conduct data gathering, advise on expert advisers or collaborators, provide letters of support, conduct outreach to industry, establish peer review panels
and/or disseminate research findings, etc.  

Please submit your summaries to (or if you have any submissions or questions regarding this or any of the research related activities of the Council, please contact): Patrick Bayard at or at 1.312.567.3476.

Other Research Infrastructure
In addition, the Council is currently engaged in the following research infrastructure tasks in support of this initiative, partly through its Research and Academic Working Group:

1.    Creation of a “roadmap’ on future research needs for tall buildings, in conjunction with the CIB and UNESCO-Chair on Sustainability. 

2.    Creation of a new on-line database of funding bodies and opportunities, research projects current and completed, and active researchers.

3.    Creation of a bi-monthly research newsletter highlighting opportunities and developments.

4.    Creation of a new research scholarly journal.

5.    Creation of awards to recognize significant research initiatives.

6.    Creation of internship, training and education programs to support future tall building professionals and researchers.