Karl Fender

Fender Katsalidis, Founding Partner | Melbourne, Australia

About

After beginning his career with Robin Boyd—a Melbourne modernist architect of profound historical significance—Karl Fender spent the majority of his formative years in Europe, before completing a Master of Architecture at Harvard University, then working extensively throughout Southeast Asia.

Currently Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards Jury, he has served as both national and state president of the Australian Institute of Architects, and a Venice Biennale Committee member.

Combined with his indefatigable work ethic, Fender’s richly diverse background ensures he remains an active contributor across all design areas of the practice, as well as a continual presence throughout the life of each project for clients.

Fender is an avowed urbanist who loves life in the city and seeks every opportunity to improve livability through the influence of the…

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Karl Fender

CTBUH Roles

Height and Data Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015; China 2016)

Awards Jury (2015; Chair 2016; Chair 2018)

Awards Best Tall Building Jury (Chair 2019; Chair 2020; Chair 2021; Chair 2022)

Videos

09 April 2019

Panel Discussion: What Makes an Award-Winning Tall Building?

The expanded CTBUH Awards Program embraces the full breadth of interdisciplinary work that brings tall buildings to life, and sustains and prolongs their life cycles....

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Research

30 October 2017

Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct...

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Research

17 October 2016

Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City

Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects; YM Tengku Dato’ Ab. Aziz Tengku Mahmud, PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad; Peter Ramstedt & David Terenzio Turner International LLC

Tall buildings embody objectives ranging from pure business to nation building. The KL118 Tower in particular represents these objectives and more as it successfully knits...

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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.

29 October 2017

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference

The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.

18 August 2017

Sydney Skyscraper Summit

The Urban Taskforce, in partnership with CTBUH, has organized a half-day summit on the state of the art on skyscrapers across the world as a warm-up event for the 2017 CTBUH Conference.

18 August 2017

Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017

A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-up” event in advance of the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia on August 18, 2017.

7 July 2017

2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings

The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 15 cities around the world.

09 April 2019

Panel Discussion: What Makes an Award-Winning Tall Building?

The expanded CTBUH Awards Program embraces the full breadth of interdisciplinary work that brings tall buildings to life, and sustains and prolongs their life cycles....

22 May 2018

Five Minutes With: Karl Fender

Karl Fender, founding partner at Fender Katsalidis, sat down with CTBUH to discuss a number of his firm's projects, including the PNB 118 Tower in...

31 October 2017

Interview: Karl Fender

Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.

17 October 2016

Other Asia Case Studies Q&A

Monday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Kipsan Beck of MahaNakhon, PACE and Karl Fender, of Fender Katsalidis Architects, answer questions at the end of 2016...

17 October 2016

Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City

Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4b: Other Asia Case Studies. Tall buildings...

16 October 2016

CTBUH Video Interview – Karl Fender

Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Karl discusses the design concept for Merdeka PNB118...

30 October 2017

Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct...

17 October 2016

Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City

Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects; YM Tengku Dato’ Ab. Aziz Tengku Mahmud, PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad; Peter Ramstedt & David Terenzio Turner International LLC

Tall buildings embody objectives ranging from pure business to nation building. The KL118 Tower in particular represents these objectives and more as it successfully knits...

26 October 2015

Skyscraper Citymaker

Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis

Tall buildings can amplify the positive physical and symbolic impact on a city. Fender Katsalidis has been at the forefront of high-density, high-rise residential buildings...