Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off With Board Meeting, Reception
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March 18, 2015
Daniel Safarik, China Office Director and CTBUH Editor
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SHANGHAI – The CTBUH China Office officially launched March 18 at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, Shanghai. The eventful day saw the inaugural board meeting of the China Office, with key representatives from the Office’s host, CAUP at Tongji University, and six Founding Sponsors in attendance. It concluded with a spirited reception in the main atrium of the CAUP, which included an unveiling of a special plaque commemorating the role of the Founding Sponsors and host Tongji University, attended by 160 people, including members of the press.
The board meeting set the priorities of the Office for the coming two years. As CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Executive Director Antony Wood, and China Office Director Daniel Safarik explained to the board members, this meeting was a major opportunity to decide where resources should be focused during this initial period.

The group arrived at several firm resolutions during its three-hour session, and batted around many more solid ideas.
China Office's Six Founding Sponsors
The board resolved that one of the major subjects up for discussion, a China-based awards program, would be an excellent use of resources, as it would provide exposure to the many companies involved in the world’s largest tall building market, as well as for the CTBUH. The China awards program would ideally feed into the main annual Best Tall Buildings Worldwide program already run by the CTBUH, but would have some of its own unique recognitions and programming, including a separate ceremony in China, from which winners would pass into the worldwide program as part of the Asia & Australasia region.
Inaugural board meeting of the China Office at Tongji University, with key representatives from the Office’s host, CAUP at Tongji University, and six Founding Sponsors in attendance.
Board Meeting attendees (left-to-right) Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI; Murilo Bonilha, General Manager, Research Center China, United Technologies; and Daniel Safarik, China Office Director, CTBUH.
One of the main objectives of the China Office is to facilitate translation of English-language print and digital publications into Chinese, and vice versa, with an eye toward expanding not only the number of publications in Chinese, but the net total of publications overall. A precise approach was not decided, but it was resolved that a translation of the top layer of the CTBUH’s massive Skyscraper Center database would be an early, ambitious goal. Wood also expressed the value of, and intention behind, securing a long-term relationship with a China-based publisher, which would ideally carry much of the weight of the translation duties, rather than impose these upon the Office’s small staff. Alternate, or perhaps additional, options included coordinating translation work through the Founding Sponsors’ own staff resources and relying more explicitly on authors to conduct their own translation work.
Kitty Wu (left), Managing Director, Asset Management, Ping An Real Estate, addressing the board and Eric Lee (right), Head of Operations, Property and Asset Management, JLL listening intently. Board Members (left-to-right) Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH; David Malott, Chairman/Principal, CTBUH/KPF; and JianPing Gu, Director and General Manager, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development.
A third major goal discussed at the meeting was the expansion of CTBUH membership and activity in China, and further into Asia. One of the major roles of the Founding Sponsor representatives will be to introduce the CTBUH to their contacts in the Asian tall building industry, and to assist the China Office team in securing a seventh, and final, Founding Sponsor. Current sponsors hail from diverse backgrounds in the tall building industry, thereby providing well-rounded insights regarding CTBUH operations in the region. There are currently six sponsors representing: Owner/Developer, Agent/Letting/Building Management, Public and Private Architectural/Engineering, and Research. The seventh Founding Sponsor would ideally be a construction company, so as to represent a wide swath of the industry.
Kui Zhuang (middle), Vice President, CCDI, sharing his thoughts with the board; and Chen Yun (left), Senior Design Director, CCDI; and Junjie Zhang (right), President, ECADI, following along.
Professor Zhendong Wang, Design Research Professor, Tongji University, reading over the meeting's brief.
The board touched upon other topics, including a focus for CTBUH research activities in China. Suggestions included a program of research that would focus more directly on developers’ interests, such as financing and pro formas, and the expansion of the urban / suburban sustainability study currently underway in Chicago to cities in China, which are expanding at rates unseen in the West. Board members also suggested heavier involvement in CTBUH research initiatives of regional and municipal governments in China, which have a keen interest in engaging with global expertise, and importantly, the capability to fund research on positive urban planning outcomes.

The group also discussed the need for committed support from the major actors in tall building development and construction in the Chinese cities deemed likely to host the 2016 and 2018 CTBUH Conferences. The long-term planning necessary to launch the next Conference in China began immediately after the meeting – the next day Wood traveled to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou to inspect potential venues for 2016.
Representatives of the new China Office Founding Sponsors Board (left to right): Eric Lee, Head of Operations, Property and Asset Management, JLL; Murilo Bonilha, Research Center China, General Manager, United Technologies; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH; Daniel Safarik, China Office Director, CTBUH; David Malott, Chairman/Principal, CTBUH/KPF; JianPing Gu, Director and General Manager, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development; Kitty Wu, Managing Director, Asset Management, Ping An Real Estate; Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI; Kui Zhuang, Vice President, CCDI; and Zhendong Wang, Design Research Professor, Tongji University
The reception featured the sonorous sounds of the traditional gujeng, the pleasant burble of enthusiastic conversation, and a short speaking session that recognized the Founding Sponsor representatives and unveiled the official plaque.

If the turnout and the energy of both the board meeting and reception are any indication of what’s to come, the future of the CTBUH in China is bright.

Reception attendees listening to opening speeches
Board Member, JianPing Gu speaking with attendees Leonard Hsu, JLL, and Alan To, JLL
Reception attendees (left-to-right): Antony Wood, CTBUH; Lianjin Bao, Dasui Wang, and Jianlong Zhou, ECADI
Reception attendees networking
Traditional gujeng being played during the reception
Reception attendees networking
Reception attendees networking
New China Office Director, Daniel Safarik, greeting the attendees
Professor Zhendong Wang speaking to the attendees
Official China Office plaque revealed
Board Members documenting the China Office plaque
Reception Attendees view from above

China Office Board Meeting Attendees:
JianPing Gu Director and General Manager Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Kitty Wu Managing Director, Asset Management Ping An Real Estate
Eric Lee Head of Operations, Property and Asset Management, Greater China JLL
Junjie Zhang President ECADI
Kui Zhuang Vice President CCDI
Murilo Bonilha General Manager United Technologies Research Center China
Prof. Zhendong Wang Design Research Professor Tongji University CAUP
David Malott Chairman / Principal CTBUH / KPF
Antony Wood Executive Director CTBUH
Daniel Safarik China Office Director CTBUH
Reception Attendees:
Weiwei Luo Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Alton Chow AECOM
Malcolm Laverick AECOM
Hongyu Li AECOM
Ryan Tao Aedas
Yannis Lu AET Flexible Space
Fanny Hoffman-Loss Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Yansheng Liu Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Anthony Buckley-Thorp Arup
Vickie Chen Arup
Peng Liu Arup
Andrew Luong Arup
Eric Sturel Arup
Chris Townsend Arup
Ligang Zhu ARUP
Xiaojuan Jiang at the Paper
Xiaofeng Mu Baoneng Group
Rainer Cai Baumschlager Eberle
CK Gan Benoy
Richard Tang Benoy
Winnie Tsang Benoy
Emma Dong Bloomberg News
Gregory Turk Bloomberg News
Xiaolin Cao Capol International & Associates Group
Fei Liang Capol International & Associates Group
Titus Kwong CBRE
Andy To CBRE
Jing Wang CBRE
Ping Qian CCDI
Kui Zhuang CCDI
Ding Wu China Architecture Design & Research Group
Della Xu China Architecture Design & Research Group
Thomas Jaehndel Chinese Architecture Corporation
Weixin Lu Construction Times
Andre Kukhnin Credit Suisse
Tiantian Li Credit Suisse
Stella Huang CS (Construction Specialties) Group
Rui Chen CTBUH / Tongji University
Si Cheng CTBUH / Tongji University
David Malott CTBUH Chairman / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Daniel Safarik CTBUH China Office Director
Antony Wood CTBUH Executive Director / Tongji University
Shumann Chan Domuschina
Lianjin Bao ECADI
Yongjia Chen ECADI
Jack Dang ECADI
Dasui Wang ECADI
Junjie Zhang ECADI
Jianlong Zhou ECADI
Martin Castle Foster + Partners
Kim Teck Lee Foster + Partners
Jiexin Li Foster + Partners
Bram Van Der Wal Foster + Partners
Evan Gu Gensler
Ang Cheng Lang GIC
Toffler Pang GIC
Yayuan Wu Goettsch Partners
James Zheng Goettsch Partners
Zhaohui Jia Greenland Group
Yong Tang Greenland Group
Wei Wang Greenland Group
Thomas Wei Greenland Group
Leyuan Wu Greenland Group
Jiong Xiang Greenland Group
Hui Xie Greenland Group
Yan Xu Greenland Group
Yantong Zhao Halvorson and Partners
Yuchen Wang Hefei University of Technology
Paul Donohue Hill International
Abdo Kardous Hill International
Li Xu HoloArch
Johnny Zhao Incorp China
Xiao Ru Yuan International Finance News
Jianqiang Li ISA Architecture
Fang Li Jensen Hughes
Chun Jiang Jiang Architects & Engineers
James Allan JLL
Leonard Hsu JLL
Larry Lau JLL
Eric Lee JLL
Samuel So JLL
Alan To JLL
Anny Zhang JLL
Lell Barnes John Portman & Associates
Elvin Zhao Jotun Coatings (Zhangjiagang) Co.Ltd
Alan Sun Knight Frank
Brook Yang Knight Frank
Ilkay Can Standard Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Rebecca Cheng Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Peter Cuthbert Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Katherine Moya-Ramirez Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Ding Yong Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Alfonso Avila Konstruct West Partners
Brian Johnson Lerch Bates
W. Keenan Potter Lerch Bates
Kevin Yang Lerch Bates
Tian Qiu Lerch Bates Building Insight
Zhaohui Ding Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Kwan (Winnie) Wing-Pin Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Jingye Wang Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Hattie Du MCI Group
Frankie Gao MCI Group
Sammi Liu MCI Group
Sherry Shen MCI Group
Vivian Zhang MCI Group
Qin Yong Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Tracy Zhou Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Marta Pozo MVRDV
Marta Xu MVRDV
Michael Lee Otis Elevator Company
Dana Yu Outokumpu APAC
Alex Hsu PRO Design Group
Eric Fong Rider Levett Bucknall
Xiangdong Du Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Phoebe Yu RTKL Associates
Jianing Pan Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design&Research
Zhenfeng Gao Shanghai Construction (Group) General Co. Ltd.
Meiping Yang Shanghai Daily
Jia Yin Shanghai EFC Building Engineering Consultancy
Bai Wei Shanghai Longilat Architectural Design & Research Institute
Richard Chen Shanghai Ruibo Real Estate (Citic Pacific Properties)
He Liu Shanghai Ruibo Real Estate (Citic Pacific Properties)
Chongchen Zhang Shanghai Ruibo Real Estate (Citic Pacific Properties)
Fangyu Zhou Shanghai Ruibo Real Estate (Citic Pacific Properties)
JianPing Gu Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.
Weining Song Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.
Grace Zhu Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.
Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center
Toon Ming Chua Sinar Mas Group - APP China
Amber Jan Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Eric Tomich Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Yao Li SLA Studio
KS Leung Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Irene Wai Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
TingTing Dong TFP Farrells
Joyce Li The Bund Financial Center
Grace Lv The Bund Financial Center
Esther Fung The Wall Street Journal
Robert Pratt TishmanSpeyer
Alan Qiang Sun TishmanSpeyer
Jiliang Chen Tongji Architectural Design Group (TJAD)
Zhendong Wang Tongji University
Zhiqiang Wu Tongji University
Zhenyu Xie Tongji University
Sky Xu Tongji University
Murilo Bonilha United Technologies Research Center, Ltd.
Norbert Hootsmans United Technologies Research Center, Ltd.
Michael Lee United Technologies Research Center, Ltd.
Yuan Yuan United Technologies Research Center, Ltd.
Ashley Ching Woods Bagot
Pearl Huang Woods Bagot
Alan Lau WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Steven Lee WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Eric Lu WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Lucia Lung WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Kelvin Tang WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Jack Wu WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Joe Wu WSP Group|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Hanlin Lu