Karl Fender

Awards Best Tall Building Jury

Fender Katsalidis, Founding Partner | Melbourne, Australia


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

Height and Data Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

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

Awards Jury (2015; Chair 2016; Chair 2018)

Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee (2017 – 2018)


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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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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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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