Height and Data

The CTBUH Height & Data Committee was originally created to establish and, when necessary, provide guidance in the refinement of the official Height Criteria used to define, measure, and study tall buildings. However, more recently, this mandate has been widened to embrace other aspects of building data and measurement. The Committee has thus influenced many compelling research endeavors and prompted provocative conversations with the public about the nature of tall buildings and the trends surrounding them, in recent times. The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss the latest developments in the tall building industry and possible additions or revisions to the Criteria. The Committee is composed of influential professionals involved in the architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction of tall buildings and urban habitat. The CTBUH maintains a database of the world's tallest buildings as ratified by the Height Committee in The Skyscraper Center. View the official CTBUH Height Criteria.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Ping Jiang
Member

Ping Jiang

Founding Principal, EID Architecture

China

Amitabh Kumar
Member

Amitabh Kumar

Founder Director, Individuals

Mumbai, India

Travis Soberg
Member

Travis Soberg

Principal, Goettsch Partners

Chicago, United States

Martin Sparrow
Member

Martin Sparrow

Principal, Public Buildings, NORR Group Consultants International Limited

Toronto, Canada

Scott Duncan
Chair

Scott Duncan

Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Chicago, United States

Craig Blanchet
Member

Craig Blanchet

Vice President, LeMessurier

Boston, United States

Joseph Burns
Member

Joseph Burns

Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Chicago, United States

Scott Coombes
Member

Scott Coombes

Director, AESG

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Karl Fender
Member

Karl Fender

Founding Partner, Fender Katsalidis

Melbourne, Australia

Marshall Gerometta
Member

Marshall Gerometta

Skyscraper Database Editor, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Chicago, United States

Claire Harr

Claire Harr

New York City, United States

Ping Jiang

Ping Jiang

Shanghai, China

Amitabh Kumar
Member

Amitabh Kumar

Founder Director, Individuals

Mumbai, India

Lei Li
Member

Lei Li

Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

New York City, United States

William Maibusch
Member

William Maibusch

Project Executive, The Walsh Group

Seattle, United States

Travis Soberg

Travis Soberg

Chicago, United States

Martin Sparrow

Martin Sparrow

London, United Kingdom

Toni Walter
Member

Toni Walter

Senior Planner, Quod

Sydney, Australia

Peter Weismantle
Member

Peter Weismantle

Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Chicago, United States

Antony Wood
Member

Antony Wood

Chief Executive Officer, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Chicago, United States

20 October 2018

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.

20 October 2018

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference

The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of structural types, as well as some urban-scale considerations.

9 August 2018

Height and Data Committee Call for Members and New Chair

CTBUH is reinvigorating its Height and Data Committee, seeking new members to join under the leadership of Scott Duncan, SOM, who has been named the new Chair.

16 October 2016

2016 CTBUH Leaders Meeting Report

The Annual Leaders Meeting was held this year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in China, bringing together the Council’s leaders from around the world.

25 October 2015

CTBUH 2015 Height Committee Meeting

After providing a snapshot of the Height Committee’s duties and past actions since its last meeting, Height Committee Chair Peter Weismantle led a discussion on a series of topics.

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.

17 February 2015

CTBUH Involved in Re-Measurement of Washington Monument Height

CTBUH height criteria was used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geodetic Survey to determine the true architectural height of the Washington Monument.

7 November 2014

CTBUH Height Committee Meeting

The following topics were addressed: co-joined buildings, criteria for completion, gross-to-net building height, and structural definitions.

12 November 2013

The CTBUH Height Committee reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).

10 May 2012

Questions on One World Trade Center Height

One World Trade Center have raised questions about the ultimate height of the tower, which is currently planned as the tallest building in North America.

22 February 2012

CTBUH Debuts Groundbreaking Skyscraper Resource Site

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has launched The Skyscraper Center, the world’s most comprehensive resource for data and information on tall buildings.

8 December 2011

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall

Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters.

9 October 2011

2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting

Tall building industry leaders from around the globe met at the seminal Dongbu Financial Center tower for the 2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting.

16 December 2009

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings

This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.

17 November 2009

CTBUH Changes Height Criteria / Burj Dubai Height Increases

CTBUH announced a change to its height criteria, as a reflection of recent developments with several supertall buildings.

24 May 2007

Height Committee Meeting, 2007

Attended by 27 representatives from 5 countries, this meeting typified the complex factors involved in the determining of height, and the title of ‘The World’s Tallest.'