Adrian Smith

AS+GG, Partner | Chicago, United States


Adrian Smith has been a practicing architect for over 40 years. His extraordinary body of work includes some of the world’s most recognizable landmark structures, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China; Rowes Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts and the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, the world’s tallest structure.

Adrian’s unique design approach emphasizes sensitivity to the physical environment. He considers each project holistically, taking into consideration site orientation, climate and geography, cultural and social influences to create highly sustainable projects that achieve contextualism within the global environment.

As one of the world’s foremost experts of super tall towers, he collaborated with Gordon Gill to design the world’s first net Zero-Energy skyscraper, Pearl River Tower, built in Guangzhou China. The design harvests the natural forces of wind, sun and…

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Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)

Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Seoul 2011; Shanghai 2012; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015)

Awards Symposium, Speaker (2011)


26 October 2015

Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS Architects; George Leventis, Langan; and Alan Poeppel, Langan, answer questions at the end of...


11 October 2019

On the 50th anniversary of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s founding, the CTBUH 10th World Congress returns to the Council’s home: Chicago....


26 October 2015

Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and...