James Goettsch

Goettsch Partners, Chairman & Co-CEO | Chicago, United States


James Goettsch is the chairman and co-CEO of Goettsch Partners as well as the namesake design partner, responsible for developing the firm’s design talent and leading the direction and quality of design for major projects. With more than 42 years of professional experience, Mr. Goettsch has designed buildings throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His work includes high-rise office, hotel and mixed-use developments; corporate headquarters facilities; academic and other institutional buildings; master plans; and renovation and repositioning assignments. Mr. Goettsch received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. In 1988, he was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects, and in 2019, he was recognized by CTBUH with the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.


Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; New York 2015; Middle East 2018)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018; Shenzhen 2019)

Awards Symposium, Speaker (2013; 2015)

CTBUH Initiatives


19 November 2018

James Goettsch is the Chairman and Co-CEO of Goettsch Partners as well as the firm's design director, responsible for developing the firm's design talent and...


26 October 2015

James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

In urban centers dominated by tall buildings, access to outdoor space is important. We will explain how two urban office building developments provide valuable outdoor...


21 September 2012

James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners

If you are concerned about the urban habitat, you have to be concerned about whether or not buildings provide a positive experience at the ground...