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 385M office-hotel tower in Cairo and two new towers in Beirut. He has degrees from 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)