Students present their work and receive critiques from the jury.

Scott Duncan, Partner, SOM, gives critiques to the students on their design and process.

Kyong Sun Moon, Associate Professor, Yale University, gives critiques to the students on their structural designs.

Models of the students’ net-zero skyscraper designs.

The IIT-CTBUH-SOM Studio Exhibition at the IIT 2019 Annual Open House.

Guests view the students’ work at the IIT 2019 Annual Open House.

Attendees of the 2019 IIT Annual Open House discuss the students’ work.

A group photo of the students from the collaborative design studio, “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers,” alongside CTBUH China Office Director Dr. Peng Du, Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT.

May 3, 2019
CHICAGO – Friday, 3 May, 2019 marked the final review of a semester of intense work for the students and professors of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers,” a collaborative design studio undertaken by the IIT College of Architecture, with assistance from CTBUH and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Taught by CTBUH China Office Director and Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant Professor, and CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Antony Wood, IIT Studio Associate Professor, the studio conducted research on the net-zero carbon skyscraper typology, and applied architectural decisions within a site context in Shenzhen, China in their designs. Various energy / carbon-modeling software, such as UMI, DIVA and Urban Daylight, were used throughout the semester.

Final reviews were held at Crown Hall on the IIT campus. In addition to the studio professor, the review jury also included Scott Duncan, Partner, SOM; Yue Zhu, Director, SOM; Luke Leung, Director, SOM; Ali Irani, Sustainable Engineering Assistant, SOM; Kyong Sun Moon, Associate Professor, Yale University; Edgar Stach, Professor, Jefferson University and Rahman Azari, Assistant Professor, IIT.

After a brief introduction on the background of the studio, students presented their research and design proposals for their net-zero carbon skyscrapers, including all the technologies they implemented into their designs, and how well they helped offset the energy consumption of their skyscrapers. The jury reviewed each of the student projects and provided comments for further development of the design.

SOM has supported the studio throughout the whole academic year across multiple disciplines in a variety of capacities, such as by holding tutorials, lectures, and critiques during the final review, as well as a trip to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China for a visit to the site in January, 2019.

During the final review, students presented the large range of materials produced over the year, ranging from various energy calculation processes, experiential renderings and physical models of their designs. This left reviewers impressed with the diversity and quality of design responses that the students had evolved over the course of the studio. The projects were also exhibited Friday, May 10, 2019 at the annual IIT College of Architecture Open House—a showcase of the year’s best student work. Students Deniz Demir and Pim Sunsaneevithayakul were awarded the Danforth Traveling Scholarship and AIA Scholarship on their net-zero carbon skyscraper design. In addition, Wanying Wu was nominated for 2019 LafargeHolcim Forum in Cairo, Egypt.