Scott Duncan

CTBUH Trustee

SOM, Partner | Chicago, United States

About

Scott Duncan is a Design Partner at SOM, where he leads the design of large-scale high-rise projects in Chicago and in cities around the world. Duncan is a leader in sustainable design and technological innovation and has championed the firm’s vision for integrated design. The designer of some of SOM’s most influential recent work, Duncan’s design philosophy centers on solutions leading teams of experts in engineering, sustainability, high performance design, urban design, and interior design to realize highly contextual and impactful work designed to improve the lives of people around the world.

Duncan has amassed extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects throughout Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States—including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments. Notable projects…

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Scott Duncan

CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015; China 2016; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)

Videos

26 October 2015

2015 New York Conference - Session 1a - Q&A

2015 New York Conference Session 1a Questions & Answers session with speakers Scott Duncan, SOM, Greg Yager, RTKL, and Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates.

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Research

17 October 2016

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...

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Research

17 October 2016

Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses

Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall...

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3 May 2019

IIT Final Reviews and Annual Open House

Final reviews were held for the “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers”, undertaken by the IIT College of Architecture, with assistance from CTBUH and SOM.

6 November 2018

CTBUH Earmarks $85,000 to Support Research & Academic Programs

During the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, awards were conferred in relation to five CTBUH Research and Academic programs that will produce a number of important future outputs.

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.

26 October 2015

2015 New York Conference - Session 1a - Q&A

2015 New York Conference Session 1a Questions & Answers session with speakers Scott Duncan, SOM, Greg Yager, RTKL, and Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates.

26 October 2015

Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure

The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are ever increasing...

17 October 2016

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...

17 October 2016

Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses

Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall...

26 October 2015

Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure

Scott Duncan, Brant Coletta & Rami Abou-Khalil, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd

The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall-building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are always increasing –...