Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Trustees Meeting, Chicago

Monday, March 19, 2012

After one of the most successful years in the 43-year history of the CTBUH, the Board of Trustees gathered March 19 on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology to review recent initiatives and discuss the Council’s long-term strategies, under the steering of CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson of NBBJ Architects.

The Trustees met early to inspect the Council’s office on the IIT campus on an unseasonably sweltering day in Chicago, before settling in for a lengthy all-day session.

Last year the council registered a 20 percent increase in organizational members and a 16 percent increase in income from 2010, Executive Director Antony Wood reported. The number of organizational members is up about 180 percent since 2009 and almost 400 percent since 2005. Despite the impacts of the recent economic malaise, interest and involvement in the Council continues to grow.

This year should be a record-setting year for the Council, thanks to continued growth in membership and overwhelming international interest in the Shanghai World Congress scheduled for September 19-21, Dr. Wood reported.

The board was also updated on the CTBUH’s growing research program, which is actively seeking grants on several topics key to the industry.

Trustees met March 19 at the Illinois Institute of Technology to review one of the most successful years in CTBUH’s history. Top (l to r): Dr. Antony Wood, executive director, CTBUH; Peter Irwin, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin; William Maibusch, Turner International; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon; bottom, William Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Timothy Johnson, chairman, NBBJ; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti. (Vice chairman Sang Dae Kim of Korea University and Trustee Sabah Al Rayes of Al Rayes Group International were unable to attend.)

During the lunch session, Chairman Johnson of NBBJ and the trustees were given a first-hand opportunity to discuss issues with the CTBUH staff. Each staff member made a detailed presentation on their responsibilities and current initiatives. Mr. Johnson praised the efficiency of staff and their ability to execute a wide variety of projects.

In the afternoon sessions, the meeting turned toward long-term strategic planning and the variety of new opportunities facing the council.

Mr. Johnson led the group in discussions about the location for the 2013 global conference and the potential for expanding the number of events. The Trustees also discussed the future direction of working groups and other CTBUH Leader groups.

The highlight of the afternoon exchange was an analysis of the first draft of a five-year strategic plan for the CTBUH being developed by the Chairman in conjunction with the staff, looking at the priorities and the best way to serve and grow the Council’s diverse membership. The Council needs to continue to strengthen activities that provide real value for membership, all agreed.

After a lengthy session, the Trustees dispersed around the world, with members catching flights to the Middle East and China to renew work on ongoing projects.

The Trustees met on an unusually sweltering March day in Chicago to discuss strategic initiatives