Shawn Ursini

CTBUH, Skyscraper Database Editor | Chicago, United States

About

Shawn Ursini has been with the Council since March of 2015 and serves as a contributor and editor for The Skyscraper Center database.

Shawn is a native of the Chicago area and has long held a strong interest in the built environment. He received a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Art History focusing on architectural and urban history. Concurrent with his studies, Shawn was also gaining experience in municipal government through interning with the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings, Department of Planning & Development as well as the office of a Chicago Alderman. Shawn continued his education at UIC, earning a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy with a dual concentration focusing on Physical Planning and Urban Transportation.

For the last decade, Shawn has also served as a tour guide explaining Chicago’s architectural and planning…

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Shawn Ursini

CTBUH Designated Expert

Research

22 August 2022

The World’s Highest Pools: A Deep Dive

S. Isaac Work & Shawn Ursini, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Tall building design has diversified and adapted to accommodate increased demand for distinctive amenities at a range of heights. Swimming pools are a classic feature...

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Research

20 October 2018

The Tall, Polycentric City: Dubai and the Future of Vertical Urbanism

Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood, CTBUH

The development pattern of Dubai, host city of the 2018 CTBUH Middle East Conference core program, typifies the polycentric city phenomenon more than most cities....

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Research

10 January 2017

Interactive Study on Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016

Jason Gabel, Annan Shehadi, Shawn Ursini & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for...

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28 October 2015

Empire State Building Environmental Retrofit Tour

CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Empire State Building as the most iconic skyscraper and its retrofit into the today's environment-aware society.

28 October 2015

World Trade Center: Infrastructure / Underground Tour

CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the infrastructure and underground of the World Trade Center complex which will house a variety of civic programs.

22 August 2022

The World’s Highest Pools: A Deep Dive

S. Isaac Work & Shawn Ursini, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Tall building design has diversified and adapted to accommodate increased demand for distinctive amenities at a range of heights. Swimming pools are a classic feature...

20 October 2018

The Tall, Polycentric City: Dubai and the Future of Vertical Urbanism

Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood, CTBUH

The development pattern of Dubai, host city of the 2018 CTBUH Middle East Conference core program, typifies the polycentric city phenomenon more than most cities....

10 January 2017

Interactive Study on Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016

Jason Gabel, Annan Shehadi, Shawn Ursini & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for...

17 October 2016

Megacities: Setting the Scene

Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together...