The Board of Trustees of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has named two new fellows for 2014: Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, KONE, and Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The Fellows will be recognized at the 13th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony on November 6
Johannes de Jong joined KONE after receiving his master’s degree in Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Delft in the Netherlands in 1977, and has risen through various research and development roles to become KONE’s Head of Technology. De Jong is widely recognized in the industry as a vertical transportation expert, and has published several books and research papers on the subject. He has been involved in many of the world’s tallest buildings. Through his research and development work, he holds more than 500 patents.
De Jong’s involvement in CTBUH has been exemplary, and his enthusiasm and energy have become well-known within the organization. He has been a member of the CTBUH Advisory Group since 2008, its Competitions Committee in 2012, has published multiple papers in CTBUH publications. He has spoken at six CTBUH conferences since 2001.
Peter Weismantle is responsible for overseeing the technical development of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s supertall projects from concept to completion. He has developed widely recognized expertise in technical aspects of the exterior wall, façade access and vertical transportation in supertall buildings. His built portfolio includes the Burj Khalifa, Dubai; Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, and Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai. Current work under construction includes the 1000+ meter tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, and the Wuhan Greenland Center at 600+ meters tall.
Weismantle has been Chair of the CTBUH Height Committee since 2007, overseeing multiple changes to the CTBUH’s height criteria. He presided over the Height Committee’s 2013 ratification of the height of One World Trade Center as being officially recognized as 1,776 feet tall. He is also chair of the CTBUH Advisory Group, and has been part of the peer review panel for the CTBUH International Research Seed Funding program, and is currently co-chair of the Façade Access Working Group.
CTBUH Fellows are recognized for their contribution to the Council over an extended period of time, and in recognition of their work and the sharing of their knowledge in the design and construction of tall buildings and the urban habitat.