Advisory Group

The Advisory Group oversees and encourages robust member engagement from the assemblies, committees, chapters and regional groups that report to it. The Advisory Group liaises with the Board of Trustees to determine strategic priorities of the Council and then ensures that the work of these groups aligns with the Council’s goals. When new initiatives are proposed, the Advisory Group assesses the proposals and endorses to the Board for resource allocation those which it believes would most meaningfully contribute to CTBUH’s mission. Advisory Group members are chosen for their standing within their industry, their commitment to CTBUH, and to ensure a balanced representation across geographies, demographics and industries.

The Advisory Group comprises assembly and committee chairs, along with leadership from CTBUH’s regional and chapter networks.

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Stefan Abidin
Advisory Group

Stefan Abidin

Senior Associate, HOK, Inc.

Toronto, Canada

Mark Borland
Advisory Group

Mark Borland

Director and Head of Projects, South Asia, Hongkong Land

Singapore, Singapore

Sean Clifton
Advisory Group

Sean Clifton

Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Seattle, United States

Don Davies
Advisory Group

Don Davies

President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Seattle, United States

Johannes de Jong
Advisory Group

Johannes de Jong

Executive Vice President, Elevating Studio

Singapore, Singapore

Edward DePaola
Advisory Group

Edward DePaola

President and CEO, Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC

New York City, United States

Ariane Dienstag
Advisory Group

Ariane Dienstag

Founder, Ariane Dienstag sas

Paris, France

Shelley Finnigan
Advisory Group

Shelley Finnigan

Director of Master of Science, Executive Management for Design & Construction, Northwestern University

Chicago, United States

Paul Kremer
Advisory Group

Paul Kremer

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

John Lione
Advisory Group

John Lione

Partner, alinea Consulting

London, United Kingdom

Michael Liu
Advisory Group

Michael Liu

Chief Operation Officer, TAIPEI 101, Taipei Financial Center Corporation

Taipei, China

Meghan McDermott
Advisory Group

Meghan McDermott

Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

New York City, United States

Philip Oldfield
Advisory Group

Philip Oldfield

Head of School, Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

Sydney, Australia

Ilayda Oner
Advisory Group

Ilayda Oner

Business Development Engineer, Turner Construction Company

Istanbul, Turkey

Michael Palmer
Advisory Group

Michael Palmer

Principal, Perkins & Will

Chicago, United States

James Parakh
Advisory Group

James Parakh

Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Department

Toronto, Canada

Jeff Spiritos
Advisory Group

Jeff Spiritos

Principal, Spiritos Properties LLC

New York City, United States

May Wei
Advisory Group

May Wei

APAC Office Leader, Shanghai Office Director, and Principal, CallisonRTKL

Shanghai, China

Brad Wilkins
Advisory Group

Brad Wilkins

Austin Design Leader, HKS Architects

Austin, United States

Derry De Ming YU
Advisory Group

Derry De Ming YU

Assistant Project Director - Construction, Suncity Group Holdings

Hong Kong, China

James Zheng
Advisory Group

James Zheng

CEO and President, Goettsch Partners

Chicago, United States

30 August 2022

In August 2022, the new CTBUH Advisory Group convened virtually for the first time.

21 July 2021

CTBUH would like to tell you about a pivotal new model for the organization that is more member-driven and offers greater opportunities for a broader range of members to make a meaningful difference in the Council’s activities.

19 October 2018

The CTBUH Advisory Group had the opportunity to meet at the 2018 Middle East Conference to further hone the core mission of the group and its role in the success of the Council.

19 October 2018

In 2018, CTBUH established four new Chapters in Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Scandinavia and Seattle, more than have ever been established in a single year.

28 June 2018

TAIPEI 101 hosted an event called “Global Tall: Skyscraper Trends, Drivers and Challenges” to discuss the global trends of skyscraper construction, the forum saw valued guests from industry participants, government agencies and academia, including: CTBUH Advisory Board member Joseph Chou and CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood.

14 June 2018

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has opened a call for additional Advisory Group Members

10 October 2017

CTBUH Seattle held its 2017 Fall Forum, kindly hosted by CallisonRTKL, on the topic of Building Resiliency & Design Optimization.

1 September 2015

CTBUH Australia held its first national symposium in Brisbane entitled “How are Cities Responding to Urbanism?” where both local and international speakers presented, including Board member Ahmed Abdelrazaq.

20 July 2015

Contribute to one of CTBUH’s Leader Groups to help us further our important mission! The Council seeks colleagues with a range of skills to support our valuable initiatives.

16 September 2014

The Fire & Life Safety Working Group hosted a productive technical workshop at the 2014 Shanghai Conference joined by CTBUH Advisory Board member Simon Lay. Among the top concerns raised by the audience discussion was the issue of fire safety for social housing environments.  .

Advisory Group Qualifications and Roles

Advisory Group members are drawn from the Designated Experts of CTBUH organizational members in good standing. Volunteers should:

  • Have a high profile in the industry, with an established track record of contributing to the inception, design, research, construction, occupation, or operation of the built environment.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standing in the industry and adhere to CTBUH policies on confidentiality and disclosure of conflict of interest.
  • Represent a company or institution recognized as a leader in the tall building industry, which is a CTBUH organizational member in good standing.
  • Work to support the Council’s growth in programs, members, and impact.
  • Have a history of strong engagement with the Council.

Core Committees Reporting to Advisory Group

  • Academic, Teaching and Research: Facilitates the sharing of teaching and research practices from tall building and urban programs among CTBUH members.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Advocates for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion within the industry and the built environment.
  • Editorial and Expert Peer Review: Ensures that information in CTBUH publications, research and products have accurate information and are aligned with CTBUH policies.
  • Future Leaders: Builds the pipeline for the next generation of CTBUH leaders.
  • Height and Data: Reviews the latest developments in the tall building industry for possible additions or revisions to the official criteria used to define, measure, and study tall buildings.
  • Programs: Determines themes and programming for conferences and other educational events.
  • Regional Representation: Includes the network of members active in local and regional activities on behalf of CTBUH.

Terms and Time Commitment

Volunteers serve a three-year term.

Depending on the role, volunteers may spend between 2-10 hours per month on CTBUH business.

Questions? Please contact the CTBUH Membership Department, [email protected].