Joseph G. Burns

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., Managing Principal | Chicago, United States

About

With more than 40 years of experience, Joe is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education. A member of Thornton Tomasetti’s board of directors, Mr. Burns is a Managing Principal, and has overseen the firm’s practice areas as well as its operations in Europe, the Middle East, India and Brazil. He resides in Chicago, where he maintains an active consulting practice.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) and International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, he was also named to Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers. He has been active in CTBUH, where he is a former member of the…

See more

Joseph G. Burns

CTBUH Designated Expert

CTBUH Roles

Height and Data Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Middle East 2018)

Awards Jury (2004)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Member; Chicago 1996; Member; Chicago 2009)

Videos

28 April 2020

Agile AEC

The pandemic crisis of COVID-19 has catalyzed a shockwave of action throughout the AEC industry like never before. The CTBUH Chicago Chapter presents a virtual...

Login

You must be a CTBUH Member to view this resource.

View all

Videos

05 February 2010

Tall and Supertall Buildings: Structure and Skin Performance

There are many challenges and opportunities in designing the structure and skin of high performing tall buildings. Examples from different regions highlight responses to wind...

Login

You must be a CTBUH Member to view this resource.

View all

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.

19 October 2018

Skybridges Research Project Holds First Meeting

The CTBUH Skybridges research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference.

25 October 2015

CTBUH 2015 Height Committee Meeting

After providing a snapshot of the Height Committee’s duties and past actions since its last meeting, Height Committee Chair Peter Weismantle led a discussion on a series of topics.

16 July 2015

Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

The Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund is holding their second annual fundraising dinner, featuring guest speaker Joseph G. Burns of Thornton Tomasetti.

7 November 2014

CTBUH Height Committee Meeting

The following topics were addressed: co-joined buildings, criteria for completion, gross-to-net building height, and structural definitions.

28 April 2020

Agile AEC

The pandemic crisis of COVID-19 has catalyzed a shockwave of action throughout the AEC industry like never before. The CTBUH Chicago Chapter presents a virtual...

05 February 2010

Tall and Supertall Buildings: Structure and Skin Performance

There are many challenges and opportunities in designing the structure and skin of high performing tall buildings. Examples from different regions highlight responses to wind...