Michael Palmer is an architect and principal with Perkins&Will in Chicago. He is widely recognized for his expertise in managing the design of large, complex projects, including office, mixed-use and educational facilities. Palmer’s internationally-renowned projects include three towers in the King Abdullah Financial District and the all-women Princess Nora University, both in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Other completed projects include Chicago’s Block 37 office tower and a high-rise high school. He is currently working on a new 385-meter office-hotel tower in Cairo, and two new towers in Beirut. He has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Notre Dame.

CTBUH Designated Expert


Chapter Board Member, Advisor (2018 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)

Live-Streamed Conference, Presenter (2020)