Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving AS+GG

Burj Vista Tower

Burj Vista Tower, Dubai

Part of a complex, these residential towers include a variety of amenities: a gymnasium, swimming pools, badminton court, multimedia hall, and play rooms.

FKI Tower

FKI Tower, Seoul

FKI Tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The unique skin reduces internal heating and cooling loads and collects energy.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Shenzhen Zhongzhou Holdings Financial Center

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Shenzhen Zhongzhou Holdings Financial Center, Shenzhen

The mixed use building was the first supertall building to be constructed in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, at the time considered a suburban area in the southwestern part of the city.

About AS+GG

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.

They believe that architecture has the unique power to influence our world. They strive to create designs that aid society, advance technology, sustain the environment and inspire those around us to improve our world.

Their office is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for sustainable development. They use a holistic, integrated design approach that emphasizes symbiotic relationship with the natural environment -- a philosophy they've termed "global environmental contextualism."

The firm was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. Today there are 100 employees in offices in Chicago and Beijing.

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AS+GG at CTBUH

Fourth Building Tall Lecture Series: Greening Tall

Fourth Building Tall Lecture Series: Greening Tall

1 Feb 2018, Event Report – The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and CTBUH hosted a panel discussion on…

CTBUH Supports High-Rise Conference at Samara State University

CTBUH Supports High-Rise Conference at Samara State University

4-7 Sep 2017, Event Report – 22 speakers discussed the state of high-rise design & construction at this…

Master's Thesis Challenge

Master's Thesis Challenge

28 Aug 2017, CTBUH News – CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level…

AS+GG at CTBUH

Fourth Building Tall Lecture Series: Greening Tall
1 Feb 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and CTBUH hosted a panel discussion on the movement to incorporate green features into tall buildings.
CTBUH Supports High-Rise Conference at Samara State University
4-7 Sep 2017, Samara – Event Report
22 speakers discussed the state of high-rise design & construction at this conference, a partner event between the CTBUH and Samara State Technical University.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
Partnered Event Explores High-Performance Skyscraper Design
24 May 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH, ComEd, and Seventhwave partnered to host a breakfast seminar focused on high-performance building envelope design with the goal of identifying opportunities for energy savings.
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
First CAF-CTBUH Lecture Series Draws Crowd, Rave Reviews
16 Mar 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the first of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series at the CAF lecture hall.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Silver Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH Names New Fellows
1 Aug 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
Johannes de Jong, KONE, and Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, have been named Fellows.
CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”
12 Jun 2014, Chicago – Event Report
A recent seminar of CCHRB, co-sponsored by CTBUH, thoroughly examined the question of how cities should deal with existing, outdated tall buildings.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Nov 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.
Façade Access Technical Guide Advances
12 Feb 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Façade Access Working Group met to continue work on the upcoming Technical Guide, Façade Access and Maintenance in High-Rise Buildings.
Event Focuses on Combining Fire Safety and Sustainability
7-8 Nov 2012, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH participated in a symposium to address the complex issues of integrating fire safety design with sustainability.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day One
19 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the Opening Plenary and VIP Reception.
Sustainability Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group convened the day before the start of the Shanghai Congress to review recent progress and focus on goals for the future.
CTBUH Celebrates First Exhibition
21 Jun 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Chicago Architecture Foundation event spotlights work of CTBUH and AS+GG with Illinois Institute of Technology students: “Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago.”
Façade Access Technical Guide Kick Off
Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
At the end of April, the co-chairs of the Façade Access Working Group met to officially kick off work for the Façade Access and Maintenance Technical Guide.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Silver Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
IIT and University of Nottingham Design Collaboration
Mar 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT.

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Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – 2018
Chicago, United States

Jessica Butler

Jessica Butler

CTBUH Staff, 2012 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Juan Betancur

Juan Betancur

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2018 – Present
Chicago, United States

CTBUH Leaders at AS+GG

Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – 2018
Chicago, United States

Jessica Butler

Jessica Butler

CTBUH Staff, 2012 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Juan Betancur

Juan Betancur

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2018 – Present
Chicago, United States

Gordon Gill

Gordon Gill

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2011
Chicago, United States

Christopher Drew

Christopher Drew

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2016 – Present
Chicago, United States

Katrina Fernandez Nova

Katrina Fernandez Nova

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, Chicago, 2019 – Present
Chicago, United States

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2019
Chicago, United States

Natalia Quintanilla

Natalia Quintanilla

CTBUH IJHRB Research Journal, 2017
Chicago, United States

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2014 – Present
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving AS+GG

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Winner

Award of Excellence

Fellow

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm

28 Mar 2018 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Sara Beardsley, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Molly Meyer, Omni Ecosystems; Yibo Xu, Stefano Boeri Architetti China

How High Can We Go? (Highlight)

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Technical Considerations for Akhmat Tower

Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II
Alejandro Stochetti, Sara Beardsley & Marc Cerone, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti

Challenges in the Architectural Technical Design of the New Generation of Supertall Buildings

Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1
Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Multitasking Façade: How to Combine BIPV with Passive Solar Mitigation Strategies in a High-Rise Curtain Wall

Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Videos

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm
28 Mar 2018 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Sara Beardsley, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Molly Meyer, Omni Ecosystems; Yibo Xu, Stefano Boeri Architetti China
Thursday, February 1, 2018. Chicago, United States of America. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) held the fourth of the four-part “Building Tall” series, closing out a successful…
How High Can We Go? (Highlight)
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Supertall towers, when done correctly, are the catalyst for the city or district around them. They give an area an identity. They increase the local economy and connect that local community to the global one. If done right, a supertall tower will put…
Interview: Adrian Smith
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Adrian discusses the sustainability of supertall buildings.
2015 New York Conference - Session 1b - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS Architects; George Leventis, Langan; and Alan Poeppel, Langan, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 1b: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah.
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Putting a New Face on the “Glass Box”: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The new head offices for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) are a major new addition to the skyline of Seoul, Korea. The tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The building’s unique skin helps reduce…
Interview: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, the FKI Head Office Building, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Measuring Tall Buildings: Has CTBUH got its Height Criteria Correct?
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Weismantle, CTBUH Height Committee Chair / AS+GG; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; James Parakh, Toronto City Planner; Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji
One of the roles of the CTBUH is to be a “voice of reason” as the arbiter of building height claims, and to be consistent in the application of its criteria. Every few years, a question that provokes a review of the appropriateness of the criteria…
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Christopher Drew
17 Sep 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wednesday, 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Christopher Drew, the Director of Sustainability at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, LLC, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Chris…
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As supertall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 08 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University; Luke Leung, SOM; and Christopher Drew, AS+GG.
How Will Tall Buildings be Different in 20 Years?
Jan 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architecture; Jun Xia, Gensler; and more.
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies;Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton…
What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Engineers; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Toby Blunt,…
Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Joseph Rechichi,…
2011 witnessed the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Do you believe tall buildings are now "safe" from terrorism?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Michael Kwok, Arup; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Michael Kwok, Arup; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Louisa Hutton,…
A Sustainable Solution for Urbanization in China
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Drew, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation examines a design solution for a new high-density vertical City in China for 100,000 residents sharing a live-work environment in a total built up area of 1.3 km2. The philosophy for the City has been to provide a highly walkable…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, AS+GG
On track to become the 7th tallest building in the world, Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter megatall tower in China. The project’s structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia…
Plenary 1: Asia Tall Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Plenary 1 panelists including Jianping Gu, President, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development and Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture take questions from delegates.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2011
The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2011 “Best Tall Building Overall” award went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, Germany. The…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: 40 Years of Designing the Supertall
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
As one of the world’s foremost experts on supertall buildings, Adrian has contributed greatly to the development of this highly specialized building type. Adrian will discuss his life’s work in tall buildings, including landmark towers such as the…
The Evolution of an Idea
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
In this talk, Adrian Smith traces the origin of the skyscraper from the early 20th-century tripedal designs to beyond the world's next tallest building.
Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Advanced Occupancy, sometimes called Phased Occupancy, is a concept pioneered and practiced in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago. Simply put, it allows for the beneficial use and occupation of completed portions of large projects, well in…
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
After the events of 9/11, why are we still building not only tall buildings, but supertall buildings? The answer to that question leads to a discussion on the unprecedented trends in Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability as well as the…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 08: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Hyo Seon Park, Yonsei University; Rhys Williams, Honeywell; ; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Jey Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Question & Answers session for Track Session 08.
Interview: Retrofit of the Willis Tower
23 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill of AS + GG Architecture are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Adrian and Gordon talk about their Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) retrofit…
Decarbonization of Our Central Cities
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Much of the consideration of sustainable design is being focused on new and future buildings. However, arguably, the greatest difference to cutting energy and carbon expenditure would be had in the upgrade of existing buildings. This is especially…
The Future of Urban Tall in a World of Uncertain Economics
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Sandy Diehl, Richard Hanson, Adrian Smith, Carol Willis
Sandy Diehl, Richard Hanson, Adrian Smith, and Carol Willis participate in a panel discussion at the 2009 Chicago Conference. The current financial crisis started in the US sub-prime housing market, and quickly exposed the economic Emporers clothes…
Session 7 - The Future of Urban Tall? Q & A
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
The Session S7 speaker panel consisting of: Carol Willis, Director, Skyscraper Museum, New York; Adrian Smith, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago; Sandy Diehl, Vice President, Integrated Building Solutions, United Technologies…
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards
22 Oct 2009 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2009
The CTBUH named the Linked Hybrid building as the 2009 Best Tall Building Overall at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner, held at Crown Hall in Chicago. There were also four Regional Tall Building Winners awarded on the night – Manitoba Hydro Place won the…
Designing the Burj Dubai
4 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith, founding partner of Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, discussed the design process of Burj Dubai with the audience of the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. When completed in 2009, the Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world and…
Global Environmental Contextualism
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Gordon Gill & Robert Forest, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill & Robert Forest of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture presented the firm’s design philosophy of ‘global environmental contextualism’ at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The presentation highlighted the understanding that…

Papers/Research

Technical Considerations for Akhmat Tower
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Alejandro Stochetti, Sara Beardsley & Marc Cerone, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti
The 435-meter Akhmat Tower in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, will be shaped to refer to the Nakh tower, a traditional watchtower typology in the region. A four-sided, pyramidal shape interacts gracefully with an eight-sided geometry at the base. The mixed…
Challenges in the Architectural Technical Design of the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The design of a supertall building poses many challenges to the architect and engineer. Using Jeddah Tower as a case study; this paper intends to discuss a few of those challenges specifically related to the arrangement of programmed spaces in the…
Multitasking Façade: How to Combine BIPV with Passive Solar Mitigation Strategies in a High-Rise Curtain Wall
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper outlines the processes and strategies studied and selected by the team during the design stages of the project for the incorporation of BIPV into the tower’s façade. The goal was to create a system that helps reduce internal heating and…
The Path to Life Cycle Carbon Neutrality in High Rise Buildings
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Chris Drew & Natalia Quintanilla, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Across the world, building energy codes are becoming stricter, demanding higher levels of energy performance with each issuance. Some locations have taken initiatives to eliminate operational emissions altogether by requiring buildings to be carbon…
ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind
ASPECT: RATIOS is the outgrowth of a program developed by the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee in New York, beginning in 2016. The purpose of the lecture series, and of this special edition, is to showcase some of the exemplary work done by women…
Debating Tall: Replace the Thomson Center?
28 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Mir Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chicago’s drum-shaped, 17-story James R. Thompson Center, with its soaring atrium and extensive glazing, has been criticized for poor temperature control and spatial inefficiency, and maintenance has been deferred. The State of Illinois has proposed…
Using Parametric Simulation and GIS to Design a Stormwater Solution for a Chinese Sponge-City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Christopher Drew, Patrick Keeney & Xi Yi, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
One of the predicted effects of climate change in Central China is an increase in precipitation and in extreme rainfall intensity. In 2015, the Chinese government approved the development of 16 model “sponge cities,” one of which is Wuhan, where we…
Changing Market Forces and Their Impacts on Tall Building Planning and Design: A Case Study
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Ro Shroff, CallisonRTKL
This paper articulates how changing market conditions and other variables impact the design process for tall buildings in general and a 355m tall luxury residential tower in the city of Mumbai, India, in particular. Although the contents define the…
Mixed-Use Supertall Building as the Approach to Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Zhendong Wang & Jing Cui, Tongji University
In the pursuit of denser, more concentrated sustainable cities which reduce the loss of open space and energy-intensive transport and infrastructure networks, tall buildings have an opportunity to reinvent themselves as the typology for a sustainable…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
During the spring of 2009, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) began working on a prototype of a mile-high tower. With an eye to the future, AS+GG’s interest was to understand the potential and challenges of creating a tower that was…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Christopher Drew, Katrina Fernandez Nova, and Keara Fanning, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As super tall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
The Environmental Impact of Tall vs Small: A Comparative Study
Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Christopher Drew, Katrina Fernandez Nova & Keara Fanning, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The concept of vertical living has been hailed as a solution to control fast growth and urbanization of cities worldwide. As supertall residential projects become more common and sustainability considerations become more necessary, their efficiency…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be the tall building to go where no building has gone before – beyond 1,000 meters. For the first time, the team at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill discuss at length the process that went into designing a one-…
Development of Innovative Structures for Supertall and Unique Towers
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; John Viise, Yantong Zhao & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
As tall buildings grow to greater heights and strive to incorporate more unique forms, clarity in the development of the structural system at conceptual design is essential. These types of projects must be rooted in fundamental principles, including…
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Kingdom Tower - expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is outlined in this paper including the project’s history, the competitive process that led to the selection of the…
20 Years of High-Rise Fire Safety: From Jin Mao to Kingdom Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James H. Antell, RJA; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper will discuss the evolution of fire safety concepts in the recent generation of high rise buildings starting with “early” 1990’s designs in China and trace the development of new active and passive features that have followed and are…
A Sustainable Solution For Urbanization In China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Christopher Drew, Dennis Rehill, Keara Fanning & Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper presents a design solution for a new high density vertical City in China for 100,000 residents sharing a live-work environment. The built up area is 1.3 km2. The philosophy for the City has been to provide a highly walkable development…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter mega-tower in China. The tower structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated whole to maximize efficiency and enhance safety. The distinctive…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The paper traces the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, the Jin Mao Tower (1999) to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017. He discusses his contextual approach to design, which…
Burj Dubai: Designing the World's Tallest
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements, structural wind-tunnel testing and other issues related to the design of a…
Global Environmental Contextualism
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill & Robert Forest, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper examines how the design philosophy, ‘global environmental contextualism’, is predicated on the understanding that everything within the built and natural environment is connected.
Burj Dubai: Designing the World’s Tallest
3 Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements, structural wind-tunnel testing and other issues related to the design of the…

Tall Buildings Involving AS+GG

1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Wuhan Greenland Center - 476 m Wuhan
3   Central Park Tower 2020 472 m New York City
4   Chengdu Greenland Tower 2021 468 m Chengdu
5   Uptown Tower 2022 370 m Dubai
6   Shenzhen Zhongzhou Holdings Financial… 2015 301 m Shenzhen
7   Burj Vista Tower 1 2018 272 m Dubai
8   FKI Tower 2013 245 m Seoul
9   160 Front 2022 240 m Toronto
10   830 Brickell 2021 223 m Miami
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