Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Leaders Meeting for 2013 Focuses on Increasing and Energizing Membership
November 8, 2013
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CHICAGO The top global leadership of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, comprised of members of the Board of Trustees, Advisory Group and Country Representatives, met in Chicago, with the primary goals of setting expectations of Country Representatives and the Advisory Group and devising ways of energizing the membership.
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson welcomes leaders
The meeting occurred at an auspicious time for the Council, sandwiched between the Awards Symposium, Ceremony and Dinner the day before – a sell-out event with unprecedentedly high-profile participants – and the announcement of the Height Committee’s ratification of One World Trade Center’s height to architectural top, which became an international media event. The air was abuzz with the excitement from the success of the symposium and anticipation of that afternoon’s Height Committee meeting.

After a round of introductions, Chairman Timothy Johnson and Executive Director Antony Wood set the agenda.
Executive Director Antony Wood speaks about the upcoming 2014 Shanghai Conference
“We want to make sure that when you walk out the door, the Council is more than a distant memory for the rest of the year,” Johnson said. “In turn, how can we better support you with interests you might have?”
“Today is the start of a new dawn in terms of activating leaders around the world,” Wood said.

Wood detailed new initiatives by the CTBUH to better support members, highlighting improvements to The Skyscraper Center, Global News, and the CTBUH Web site. He then moved the focus to global leadership, emphasizing the increased role of two staff members, Carissa Devereux and Jessi Rinkel, to handle the guidance and support of leaders.

Wood also announced progress on a developing partnership with Tongji University in Shanghai, which will host the CTBUH Asia Headquarters, as well as Wood himself for three months in the summer of 2014, as he establishes the office and completes preparations for the 2014 Shanghai Conference. He reinforced the choice of Shanghai as a repeat location for the Conference, as the Chinese market continues to grow.
Advisory Group Chair Peter Weismantle explained the group's new goals
Peter Weismantle, Chair of the Advisory Group, described its new role in guiding the Board of Trustees on industry issues, increasing membership, representing CTBUH to the world and developing Council initiatives through Ad-Hoc Committees. The largest single change to the Advisory Group is its absorption of the Height Committee, together with the Board of Trustees.

The role of global representatives was also further defined, with a focus on handling CTBUH initiatives in local markets and increasing membership. Wood requested each global representative to submit future plans for their locations in the coming weeks.
Leaders meet in ad-hoc committees to discuss different aspects of the Council
Based on Council needs identified by leaders, the following new ad-hoc committees were formed – a committee to determine the extent of commercialization that would be acceptable in the Council, a committee to address the “urban habitat” brief of the CTBUH specifically, a committee to coordinate regional representation and connect regional leaders with conference planning, an overall vision committee, a diversity committee, and a research roadmap committee.

As always, increasing membership remains an essential initiative. At the meeting, global representatives were tasked with increasing membership, and were supplied by staff with a new tool, a CD containing letterhead, membership letter templates, and sample presentations.
Leaders in Attendance
Name
Leader Group Company City Country
Baker, Bill Board of Trustees
SOM
Chicago
USA
Bechmann, Roland Country Rep
Werner Sobek Group
Stuttgart
Germany
Binder, Georges Country Rep
Buildings & Data SA
Brussels
Belgium
Chen, Julian Country Rep
Henning Larsen Architects
Copenhagen
Denmark
David, Israel Country Rep
David Engineers
Tel Aviv
Israel
Davies, Don Advisory Group
MKA
Seattle
USA
de Jong, Johannes Advisory Group
KONE
Hyvinkaa
Finland
Farnsworth, David City Rep New York
Arup
New York
USA
Geinzer, Brad City Rep Las Vegas
JBA Consulting Engineers
Las Vegas
USA
Gerardy, Jean-Claude Advisory Group
ArcelorMittal
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Gerometta, Marshall Staff
CTBUH
Indiana
USA
Giarratana, Tony City Rep Nashville
Giarratana Development
Nashville
USA
Gibbons, Craig Board of Trustees
Arup
Brisbane
Australia
Gilchrist, Russell Advisory Group
Gensler
Shanghai
China
Gomes de Oliveira, Rafael Country Rep
Thornton Tomasetti
Sao Paulo
Brazil
Harman, Kirk City Rep Philadelphia
Harman Group
Philadelphia
USA
Jalayerian, Mehdi Advisory Group
Environmental Systems Design
Chicago
USA
Johnson, Timothy Board of Trustees, Chair
NBBJ
New York
USA
Kragh, Mikkel Advisory Group
Dow Corning
Seneffe
Belgium
Lay, Simon Advisory Group
AECOM
Manchester
UK
Luckino, Sam City Rep New York
Arquitectonica
Miami
USA
Maibusch, Bill Board of Trustees
Turner Intl
Doha
Qatar
Malott, David Board of Trustees
KPF
New York
USA
Montgomery, Michael Country Rep
Kinetica
Toronto
Canada
Poon, Dennis Board of Trustees
Thornton Tomasetti
New York
USA
Sarkisian, Mark Advisory Group
SOM
San Francisco
USA
Seeling, Alfred Advisory Group
Woods Bagot
Dubai
UAE
Shenhav, Gil Country Rep
Canaan Shenhav Architects
Tel Aviv
Israel
Suoranta, Santeri Country Rep
KONE
Hyvinkaa
Finland
Trabucco, Dario Country Rep/Staff
IUAV
Venice
Italy
Weismantle, Peter Advisory Group, Chair
AS + GG
Chicago
USA
Wood, Antony Board of Trustees, Executive Director
CTBUH
Chicago
USA