Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Young Professionals Committee Holds Inaugural Event

Chicago, April 4

More than 50 students attended the first event staged by the CTBUH’s newly-established Young Professionals Committee on April 4, a multi-disciplinary presentation on the creation of Aqua, the landmark Chicago tower.

Ryan Keane, Mauricio Sanchez and Matthew Streid present on the creation of Aqua

The event, presented in the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture’s Crown Hall, offered students an opportunity to meet up-and-coming professionals from some of the top firms in Chicago, in addition to getting a detailed look at the design and construction of Aqua.

After an introduction by Committee Chair Sergio Valentini of Murphy/Jahn Architects; Mauricio Sanchez, Studio Gang Architects; Matthew Streid, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; and Ryan Keane of McHugh Construction offered a thorough discussion of the development of one of Chicago’s most recognizable projects. Particular attention was paid to Aqua’s innovative structural design and construction techniques.

Students participated in a lively question and answer session after the presentation.

Following the presentation and a spirited round of questions from students, the Young Professionals Committee members made themselves available to discuss specific questions about student’s design projects and the state of industry.

Sergio Valentini (Murphy/Jahn), Eric Fenske (Halvorson and Partners) and Nathanel Hollister (CTBUH) discuss with student Jacqueline Twardowski about her project.

The Young Professionals Committee plans more events targeting students.  The committee, established for professionals under 35, seeks to integrate and engage the younger generation of architects, engineers, and builders in the CTBUH’s broader mission.

For more information on the group, and to stay up to date with planned events, visit the Young Professionals Committee webpage and join the group’s LinkedIn page.