Daniel Safarik

CTBUH, Director, Research and Thought Leadership | Chicago, United States


Daniel Safarik is Director, Research and Thought Leadership at CTBUH. His responsibilities include providing high-level directional oversight for the Council’s research functions, data studies, topical publications, and dedicated tall building database. Additional responsibilities include the development of content for CTBUH publications, particularly the CTBUH Journal. Safarik interfaces directly with the CTBUH President to identify topics and areas in need of detailed exploration and research, then engages analysts, writing staff, and production/digital team members to execute projects using clear operational workflows.

Safarik has co-authored or co-edited numerous of the Council’s recent technical publications.

He served as CTBUH’s Editor from 2013 to 2021, and as the Director of the China Office of CTBUH at Tongji University, Shanghai, from 2015 to 2017, spearheading the Council’s…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2014 – Present)

Skyscraper Center Editorial Board, Member (2022 – Present)

Steel-Timber Research Project Steering Committee (2022 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shenzhen 2016; Chicago 2019)

Awards Interior Space Jury (2020)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (New York 2015; Shenzhen 2016; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)


31 December 2020

Jørgen Tycho: Building Up the Mass Timber Supply Chain

In this episode, Jørgen Tycho, Founding Partner, Oslotre, talked to CTBUH Editor-in-Chief Daniel Safarik about how the relatively young mass timber supply chain can be...


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04 April 2022

State of Tall Timber 2022

Daniel Safarik, Jacob Elbrecht & William Miranda, CTBUH

The past few years have seen tremendous interest in the development of mass timber buildings of increasing height, in urban settings, many of which are...


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15 December 2021

Overcoming Carbon, Climate, and Societal Challenges in Cities

Daniel Safarik, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

The tall building, the city, and by extension, urban life, are all facing unprecedented challenges, in multiple aspects—carbon, climate, and societal. The planet’s rapid urbanization...


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