Russell Gilchrist

Gensler, Principal | Chicago, United States


A native of Scotland, Russell Gilchrist has worked largely in the USA, UK and Asia, on projects worldwide. He became the Design Director for Gensler in Shanghai after transferring from the Beijing office in the same role. He is now a Principal based in Chicago. Prior to his current role he was a Director at AS+GG (Chicago) and Technical Director/Chicago Practice Leader at SOM (Chicago), Senior Associate at Richard Rogers Partnership (London) and Senior Designer at Foster + Partners (London). His completed, award-winning, high-performance projects include:

Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, PRC,
Protos Winery in Penafiel. Spain,
88 Wood Street, London,
Reichstag Parliament Building in Berlin, Germany
Maison du Japon, Paris, France
New Opera House in Glyndebourne, Sussex UK.

Russell has high-rise experience on projects and completed buildings in Houston, Dallas, Miami, London,…

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Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; Australia 2017)


19 September 2012

This presentation examines the impact of building massing, the window to wall ratio (WWR), and two essential components of high-rise design – building envelope performance...


26 October 2015

Tom Ford & Russell Gilchrist, Gensler

Recent development has included significant advancement in the development of tall buildings. While the design achievement and skyline contributions have been significant, there has been...


19 September 2012

Robert Bolin, Syska Hennessy; Russell Gilchrist, Gensler

The construction of tall buildings is no longer confined to their origins in North America. This phenomenon has been migrating eastward via the Middle-East to...