Luke Leung

SOM, Principal | Chicago, United States

About

Luke Leung is the Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. His work includes the Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest building, and four of the other top 20 tallest buildings in the world. Leung is a LEED Fellow; ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization ExCom; ASHRAE Directors-at-Large; ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Commercial Team Leader; Carbon Leadership Forum MEP 2040 founding steering committee; City of Chicago Decarbonization Task Force; co-author of articles for the AIA COVID-19 Task Force, BOMA Toronto Health Committee Co-Chair; Expert Peer Review Committee for CTBUH; Former Board of Directors for USGBC, Illinois; Former Chairman of ASHRAE TC on Tall Buildings; ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer; and an Industry Advisory Board member for the IN2 start-up incubator program with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Luke Leung

CTBUH Designated Expert

CTBUH Roles

Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2014 – Present)

Working Group: MEP (2018 – Present)

MEP Systems Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2014; China 2016; Australia 2017; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Live-Streamed Conference, Presenter (2020)

Research Seed Funding Winner (2016)

Videos

28 March 2018

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

Thursday, February 1, 2018. Chicago, United States of America. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) held...

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Research

21 June 2019

Energy Modeling of a Supertall Building Using Simulated 600 m Weather File Data

Ali Irani & Luke Leung & Marzia Sedino, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

Assessing the energy performance of supertall buildings often does not consider variations in energy consumption due to the change of environmental conditions such as temperature,...

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Research

31 January 2019

How Do Outdoor Pollutant Concentrations Vary Along the Height of a Tall Building?

Dr. Brent Stephens & Dr. Parham Azimi, Illinois Institute of Technology; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

It is generally assumed that vertical pollutant dispersion can reduce exposures to ambient pollutants in tall buildings, as concentrations of some ground-source pollutants are diluted...

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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

MEP Working Group Holds Kickoff Meeting at CTBUH 2018 Conference

The CTBUH MEP Working Group held its kickoff meeting as part of the wider annual Leaders Meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai.

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.

9 July 2018

Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum

“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” symposium held by CTBUH/Tongji with speakers including CTBUH Academic & Teaching Committee members.

1 February 2018

Debating Tall: Tall Buildings as Severe-Weather Shelters?

In the CTBUH 2018 Journal Issue I, two experts debate on whether tall buildings would provide safe shelter during severe-weather.

28 March 2018

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

Thursday, February 1, 2018. Chicago, United States of America. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) held...

31 October 2017

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 7B: Greening the Vertical Realm Q&A

Liz Westgarth, Principal, HASSELL, chairs the question and answer session with Alfredo Ramirez, Codes and Advisory Services Manager, Underwriters Laboratories; Luke Leung, Director, Skidmore, Owings...

31 October 2017

New Net-Zero Matrix – Including Nature in Tall Buildings

In the building design community, the most common definition of “Net-Zero Building” is a building that generates an amount of energy on-site that is equal...

03 October 2015

S. R. Crown Hall Roundtable: Tall Buildings

IIT Architecture hosted a series of four roundtables on October 2nd and 3rd to celebrate the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The third roundtable...

17 September 2014

Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Luke Leung

Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute...

17 September 2014

Interview: Luke Leung

Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute...

21 June 2019

Energy Modeling of a Supertall Building Using Simulated 600 m Weather File Data

Ali Irani & Luke Leung & Marzia Sedino, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

Assessing the energy performance of supertall buildings often does not consider variations in energy consumption due to the change of environmental conditions such as temperature,...

31 January 2019

How Do Outdoor Pollutant Concentrations Vary Along the Height of a Tall Building?

Dr. Brent Stephens & Dr. Parham Azimi, Illinois Institute of Technology; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

It is generally assumed that vertical pollutant dispersion can reduce exposures to ambient pollutants in tall buildings, as concentrations of some ground-source pollutants are diluted...

27 April 2018

Debating Tall: Tall Buildings as Severe-Weather Shelters?

Ilana Judah, FXCollaborative; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Recent strong weather events and heavy flooding in major coastal cities have prompted debate about where to shelter and what’s appropriate to build along coastlines....

31 January 2018

Debating Tall: Tall Buildings as Severe-Weather Shelters?

Ilana Judah, FXCollaborative; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Recent strong weather events and heavy flooding in major coastal cities have prompted debate about where to shelter and what’s appropriate to build along coastlines....

02 June 2017

Transparency in Urban Environment

Luke Leung, Yue Zhu, Stephen Ray & Adri Jevtic, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

A generation of tall buildings has been dominated by International Style with full height glazing that is often vision glass. Large glass was intended to...

17 October 2016

Transparency in Urban Environment

Luke Leung, Yue Zhu, Stephen Ray & Adri Jevtic, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

A generation of tall buildings has been dominated by International Style with full height glazing that is often vision glass. Large glass was intended to...