More than 35 CTBUH City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries in recent weeks, in the first phase of a new initiative launched this spring to expand the CTBUH network at a grass roots level.
Committees of city representatives have been formed in several cities where multiple qualified candidates volunteered, including New York, Dubai, Toronto and Melbourne.
“The committees are a great way to involve more people and increase the networking opportunities for members,” said CTBUH Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass, who is helping to organize the efforts.
City Representatives are a new designation for the CTBUH. The City Reps will work closely with existing Country Representatives to develop events and programs that best suit their community and interests.
|World map showing current CTBUH Country Representative locations (visit Global Representation for detailed information).|
Early discussions have focused on technical presentations, site tours and panel discussions with local leaders.
“The City Representative program will allow the Council to serve members in new ways,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the CTBUH and a design partner in NBBJ. “It is another way to provide services for members and fulfill the Council’s mandate.”
The CTBUH continues to receive applications from cities around the world. Another round of appointments is scheduled in the next few weeks.
A special workshop for representatives is scheduled for Sept. 18 in Shanghai, the day before the start of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, providing the opportunity for new City Representatives to network with country and regional representatives from around the world and to establish an international framework for the program.