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.

Michael Palmer

CTBUH Designated Expert


Expert Peer Review Committee, Chair (2023 – Present)

Chicago Chapter, Board Member (2023 – Present)

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

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)

Live-Streamed Conference, Presenter (2020)

27 November 2018

10th World Congress Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting

Plans for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Chicago Architecture Center.

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.

19 October 2018

Advisory Group Convenes at 2018 Middle East Conference

The CTBUH Advisory Group had the opportunity to meet at the 2018 Middle East Conference to further hone the core mission of the group and its role in the success of the Council.