Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
Sunday, 29 October 2017
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SYDNEY The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s Trustees, Advisory Group, Working Group Chairs, Regional Representatives, Committee Chairs, and staff from around the world to discuss the work of the past year and set the agenda for the year ahead.

The Annual Leader Meeting brought together the Council's Trustees, Advisory Group, Working Group Chairs, Regional Representatives, Committee Chairs, and staff to discuss the past year and plan for the year ahead.
Incoming CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, outlined his first few months of preparation for the role, and shared the many messages of goodwill he has already received in advance of the start of his term. He laid out goals around the themes “Progress the Trajectory,” “Strengthen the Brand,” and “Future-Proof the Organization.” Under these, sub-goals included increasing chapter activity, engaging more students and young professionals, collaborating further with other non-profit bodies, and increasing the ownership and mind-share the Council claims, especially in the face of worldwide news events about tall buildings.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood provided an update on the membership statistics of the organization, noting that China was now the second-largest country in terms of numbers of members and revenue. There are now more than 100 countries in the CTBUH member network. Wood also highlighted the achievements of the Council’s web presence, including The Skyscraper Center, which now has more than 24,000 buildings listed, and the web site, which has had significant traffic increases.
Incoming CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, outlined his preparation for the role. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood provided an update on the membership statistics of the organization.

CTBUH Research Manager Dario Trabucco briefed attendees on the status of several funded research projects under way, which are managed by the CTBUH Research Office in Venice, Italy. These include “Creating Industry-Accepted Criteria for Measuring Tall-Building Floor Area,” which held a workshop earlier in the day; “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-less, Non-Vertical Elevators;” “Cyclone Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region;” and “A Comprehensive Study on Tall Building Damping Technologies.”

Simon Lay, a contributor to the Fire Performance of Facades Working Group, spoke on behalf of the recipients of the 2017 CTBUH Research Seed Funding Award, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, which included two researchers from his firm, Olsson Fire & Risk in the UK, and BRANZ in New Zealand. He commented on the unforeseen timeliness of the award, which occurred before the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the second Torch fire in Dubai. The objective of the research will be to assess whether machine learning can be applied to a database of façade fire incidents and tests, to determine the performance of existing and future systems.

CTBUH Research Manager Dario Trabucco briefed attendees on the status of several funded research projects. Simon Lay, contributor to the Fire Performance of Facades Working Group, spoke on behalf of the recipients of the 2017 CTBUH Research Seed Funding Award.
Terri Boake, member of the Height and Data Committee, and Faculty, University of Waterloo, Canada, next updated the Leaders on the CTBUH research project “Unpacking Composite Construction.” Boake noted that the increasing number of skyscrapers being constructed with composites of steel and concrete in various configurations was making the “composite” designation in the CTBUH databases increasingly non-specific. Her research goal is to revisit the current definition of “composite” and to accurately classify composite buildings with respect to their perimeter columns, core, and floor-spanning materials.

The next set of speakers included representatives from several CTBUH Committees and Working Groups.

CTBUH Advisory Group Member & Chair of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto, gave an update on the accomplishments of his committee. Chief among these was the completion of the CTBUH Technical Guide The Space Between: Urban Places, Public Spaces & Tall Buildings, a CTBUH-funded research publication devoted to representing best practices and case studies of urban public space adjacent to tall buildings around the world. He also extolled the success of the 2017 Global Walking Tours, which emphasized the spaces within tall buildings, at grade and at height.
Terri Boake, member of the Height and Data Committee, and Faculty, University of Waterloo, Canada, informed the Leaders on the CTBUH research project “Unpacking Composite Construction.” James Parakh, CTBUH Advisor & Chair of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, and Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto, gave an update on the accomplishments of his committee.
Another of the five CTBUH publications soon-to-be released at the Conference was Performance-Based Seismic Design for Tall Buildings, an output of the Seismic Design Working Group. Its Co-Chair, Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, detailed the main points of the Technical Guide. He also summarized the results of that morning’s Pre-Conference Workshop on applying performance-based principles to seismic design.

Also to be released at the Conference was the updated 2nd edition of Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings, also a CTBUH Technical Guide.  One of its authors, Outrigger Design Working Group Co-Chair Goman Wai-Ming Ho, Director, Arup, Hong Kong, outlined the major changes between the 1st edition, published in 2012, and the 2nd edition, released in 2017.
Ron Klemencic, Performance Based Seismic Design Working Group Co-Chair and Chairman & CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, detailed the main points of the Technical Guide. Goman Wai-Ming HoOutrigger Design Working Group Co-Chair and Director, Arup, Hong Kong, outlined the major changes between the two different editions of Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings.
The newly re-energized Tall Timber Working Group, fresh off a successful Pre-Conference Workshop, was represented by Co-Chair Rob Foster, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering. Foster summarized the ambitions of the Workshop and Working Group, one of which is to modify CTBUH Height Criteria to accommodate the expanding universe of tall structural-timber buildings emerging globally.

David Scott, Chair, Fire Performance of Facades Working Group and Director, Laing O’Rourke, updated the Leaders on the work of his group, which was formed to urgently address the high incidence of
façade / cladding fires that have swept the world in recent years. The group will work toward resolving the jurisdictional and legal issues that have prevented constructive dialogue among designers, authorities and manufacturers of cladding materials, Scott said.
Rob FosterTall Timber Working Group Co-Chair and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering, summarized the goal of the Workshop and Working Group. David Scott, Fire Performance of Facades Working Group Chair and Director, Laing O’Rourke, updated the Leaders on the work of the group.
A number of regional representatives from around the world briefed the Leaders on the ongoing activities of their respective chapters and committees:

Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav described preparations for the upcoming partner event between CTBUH and the Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers (IACIE), a two-day conference in mid-November that will also entail technical tours in Tel Aviv and a tour of religious and cultural sites in Jerusalem.

The work of the China Office was presented by Daniel Safarik, CTBUH Editor and China Office Director 2015-2017, in lieu of Peng Du, CTBUH Academic Coordinator and current China Office Director, who could not be present at the Conference. Emphasis was on the addition of new representatives in cities across the vast nation, including Shenyang, Jinan, Qingdao and Chongqing. The goal is to have stronger representation in the many burgeoning regional cities of China. Safarik also noted the establishment of a Young Professionals Committee in Shanghai, the addition of 12 new members in 2017, the release of a Chinese version of the Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings, and the successful staging of events in Shanghai, Beijing, and Qingdao. Online assets have also been substantially improved, including social media on WeChat. Plans are also underway for the 2018 China Tall Building Awards program.
CTBUH Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav described preparations for the upcoming 5th edition of a partner event. CTBUH Editor and former CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik presented the work of the China Office.
Two chapters have recently benefited from direct CTBUH headquarters funding grants, a testament to their industriousness. Australia Chapter Secretary Brian Wooldridge, Partner, Opus International Consultants outlined the costs incurred by, and income credited to the Chapter, as well as its successful hosting of numerous events across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The CTBUH New York Chapter is also one of the busiest and most organized in the CTBUH network. This was evidenced by the extensive developments on the timeline presented by Co-Chair of the New York Young Professionals Committee Ilkay Can-Standard, Founder, GenX Consultants. Can-Standard explained how the Chapter had used its 2016 funding grant to hire an administrator, implement member discounts and members-only events, and grow its email list to more than 1,100 people.

CTBUH Australia Chapter Secretary Brian Wooldridge, Partner, Opus International Consultants outlined the costs incurred by, and income credited to the Chapter. CTBUH New York Chapter YPC Co-Chair Ilkay Can-Standard, Founder, GenX Consultants. Can-Standard explained the recent work of the CTBUH New York Chapter.
Costa Rica was the host Chapter for the spring 2017 Trustees’ Meeting, and included some auspicious displays of local support, such as an appearance by the nation’s vice president. Rodrigo Carazo, President, Rodrigo Carazo Arquitectos, spoke on behalf of the Chapter, and provided an overview of events, including the signboard ceremony for the country’s tallest building (which included San Jose’s vice-mayor), media coverage, and tourism programming at the Trustees’ Meeting.

Three other chapters reported on their successful events, while surfacing their challenges and goals for the next year. Canada Chapter Treasurer Michael Montgomery, Principal, Kinetica, presented on the Chapter’s work in 2017. This included several building tours, an edition of the Global Walking Tour, and presentations. Plans for 2018 include a focus on building more representation across Canada, beyond Toronto.
Rodrigo Carazo, President, Rodrigo Carazo Arquitectos, spoke on behalf of the Costa Rica Chapter, and provided an overview of events. CTBUH Canada Chapter Treasurer Michael Montgomery, Principal, Kinetica, presented on the Chapter’s work in 2017.
One of the world’s most populous nations, India, is on a course of rapid urbanization, and the CTBUH India Chapter is working to become incorporated and stay on top of the trends, said Anil Hira, Mumbai City Representative and Regional Director, BuroHappold Engineering. Hira outlined the challenges of retaining the commitment of membership in the context of Indian business culture, and future actions for the Chapter. These include reducing membership fees to match local standards, acquiring funding for administration and for visits from international experts, and bringing in more sponsors through local agents. The United Kingdom Chapter was represented by Javier Quintana de Una, Chapter Chair and Director, IDOM UK Ltd., who described the controversial environment around tall buildings in the UK, while also highlighting the Chapter’s recent successes, including a new division in Manchester. Quintana outlined goals of expanding the organization’s remit to become more of a reference for media and academia, and to guide design think tanks, as well as to reorganize in a more integrated fashion between the executive committee, young professionals committee and local representatives.
CTBUH Mumbai City Representative Anil Hira and Regional Director, BuroHappold Engineering, presented the CTBUH India Chapter. CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Chair Javier Quintana de Una, Director, IDOM UK Ltd., who described the controversial environment around tall buildings in the UK.
The Leaders’ Meeting concluded with approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue, moderated by Wood, who surfaced the idea of each Conference doing more to “leave a legacy” in the host cities and countries where they occur, in the spirit of Olympics events which leave infrastructure in their host cities after the closing ceremony. This might take the form of establishing a CTBUH office, with support staff in that country.
CTBUH Leaders give a round of applause at the end of a successful Leaders Meeting, before heading to the VIP Opening Reception at 33 Alfred Street
The subject of creating a globally applicable “model code” for tall buildings was also raised; Wood shared that this has been surfaced at a prior Trustees’ Meeting also. This and related subjects raised—how to speak as “one voice” for a widely dispersed and multi-disciplinary industry; how to further enhance the “urban habitat” aspect of the CTBUH mission; and how to empower the volunteer leadership to do more in the name of the Council, and more—proved to be nuanced beyond the time constraints of the Leaders’ Meeting. It was clear that there was much practical work, as well as some existential, definitional thinking that still needs to take place. 
Attendees:
Name Company Leader Group Cities
Dave Malott SpaceFactory Board of Trustees, Chairman New York, USA
Steve Watts alinea Consulting Board of Trustees, Chairman-Elect & Treasurer London, United Kingdom
Antony Wood CTBUH Board of Trustees, Executive Director Chicago, USA
Tim Neal CallisonRTKL Board of Trustees, Secretary London, United Kingdom
Abrar Sheriff Turner International LLC Board of Trustees New York, USA
Charu Thapar JLL Board of Trustees Mumbai, India
Vincent Tse WSP Board of Trustees Hong Kong, China
Xia Ai CCDI China Office Board Shanghai, China
Yan Li CCDI China Office Board Shanghai, China
Adrian Betanzos Apple, Inc. Advisory Group San Francisco, USA
James Bilger CBRE Advisory Group Los Angeles, USA
Albert Chan Shui On Group Advisory Group Shanghai, China
Joseph Chou Taipei Financial Center Corp Advisory Group Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.
Christopher Colasanti Jaros Baum & Bolles Advisory Group New York, USA
Donald Davies Magnusson Klemencic Associates Advisory Group Seattle, USA
Karl Fender Fender Katsalidis Architects Advisory Group Melbourne, Australia
John Gaskin Multiplex Advisory Group Brisbane, Australia
Jean Claude Gerardy ArcelorMittal Advisory Group Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Jerry Jackson Dassault Systemes Advisory Group Sacramento, USA
Rene Lagos Rene Lagos Engineers Advisory Group Santiago, Chile
James Parakh City of Toronto Advisory Group Toronto, Canada
Jon Van Benthem Autodesk Advisory Group Denver, USA
Derry Yu New World China Land Limited Advisory Group Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ken McBryde Sydney Architecture Studio CTBUH Australia Conference Co-Chair Sydney, Australia
Jeff Morgan Grimshaw Architects CTBUH Australia Conference Co-Chair Sydney, Australia
Philip Vivian Bates Smart CTBUH Australia Conference Co-Chair Sydney, Australia
Cameron McLean McLean Consult Pty Ltd Chapter: CTBUH Australia Treasurer Brisbane, Australia
Brian Wooldridge Opus International Consultants Chapter: CTBUH Australia Secretary Brisbane, Australia
Marc Colella AECOM Australia Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative Melbourne, Australia
Phil Gardiner Irwinconsult Pty Ltd Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative Melbourne, Australia
Karen Wong Bates Smart Melbourne Chapter: CTBUH Australia, Melbourne City Representative Melbourne, Australia
Michael Montgomery Kinetica Chapter: CTBUH Canada, Treasurer Toronto, Canada
Mark Garland LCL Builds Limited Chapter: CTBUH Canada, Secretary Toronto, Canada
Rodrigo Carazo Carazo Arquitectos S.A. Chapter: CTBUH Costa Rica Representative San Jose, Costa Rica
Girish Dravid Sterling Engineering Chapter: CTBUH India, Country Representative Mumbai, India
Subodh Arora Hitakshi Safety Solutions Chapter: CTBUH India, Mumbai City Representative Mumbai, India
Anil Hira BuroHappold Chapter: CTBUH India, Mumbai City Representative Mumbai, India
Kirk Harman The Harman Group, Inc. Chapter: CTBUH Pennsylvania, Chair Philadelphia, USA
Javier Quintana IDOM Chapter: CTBUH UK Chair London, United Kingdom
Manuela Belova Vertical Alignments CTBUH Bulgaria: Country Representative Sofia, Bulgaria
ChiBiao Hao Qingdao Uni of Technology CTBUH China: Qingdao City Representative Qingdao, China
Santeri Suoranta KONE Industrial, Ltd. CTBUH Finland: Country Representative Espoo, Finland
Marc Blondeau Bouygues Construction CTBUH France: Country Representative, Working Group: Building Damping Technology Paris, France
Roland Bechmann Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH CTBUH Germany: Country Representative Stuttgart, Germany
Prasetyo (Tiyok) Adi PDW Architects CTBUH Indonesia: Country Representative Jakarta, Indonesia
Gil Shenhav Canaan Shenhav Architects, Ltd. CTBUH Israel: Tel Aviv City Representative Tel Aviv, Israel
Danny Marian Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers CTBUH Israel: Tel Aviv City Representative Tel Aviv, Israel
Felino A. Palafox, Jr. Palafox Associates CTBUH Philippines: Country Representative Makati City, Philippines
Dennis Rehill WATG CTBUH Seattle: City Representative Seattle, USA
Johannes de Jong Elevating Studio Pte. Ltd. CTBUH Singapore: Country Representative Singapore, Singapore
Michiel de Moel Elevating Studio Pte. Ltd. CTBUH Singapore: Country Representative Singapore, Singapore
Swinal Samant National University of Singapore CTBUH Singapore: Country Representative Singapore, Singapore
Kwang Ryang Chung Dong Yang Structural Engineers CTBUH South Korea: Country Representative Seoul, South, Korea
Inigo Ortiz Ortiz Leon CTBUH Spain: Country Representative Madrid, Spain
Shiromal Fernando Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd CTBUH Sri Lanka: Country Representative Colombo, Sri, Lanka
Richard Lee C.Y. Partners CTBUH Taiwan: Country Representative Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Dean McGrail WSP Middle East CTBUH UAE: Country Representative Dubai, UAE
Christian Vasquez National Engineering Bureau CTBUH UAE: Country Representative Dubai, UAE
Pierre-Jean Malgouyres Archetype Group CTBUH Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City Representative Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ilkay Can-Standard GenEx Consultants Committee: New York YPC Chair New York, USA
Natasha Epstein CollinsWoerman Committee: Seattle YPC Membership Coordinator Seattle, USA
Zhizhe Yu AI. Committee: Shanghai YPC Co-Chair New York, USA
Terri Boake University of Waterloo Committee: Height & Data Toronto, Canada
Andre Ly Bouygues Batiment International Working Group: Building Damping Technologies Paris, France
Simon Lay Olsson Fire & Risk Working Group: Fire Performance of Facades Manchester, United Kingdom
David Scott Laing O'Rourke Working Group: Fire Performance of Facades London, United Kingdom
Nicoleta Popa ArcelorMittal Working Group: LCA of Structural Systems Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
James Murray-Parkes Multiplex Engineering Innovations Group Working Group: Modular High-Rise Construction Melbourne, Australia
Goman Wai-Ming Ho Arup Working Group: Outriggers Hong Kong, China
Phil Oldfield University of New South Wales Working Group: PassivHaus Sydney, Australia
Ron Klemencic Magnusson Klemencic Working Group: Performance-Based Seismic Design Seattle, USA
John Viise Thornton Tomasetti Working Group: Performance-Based Seismic Design Chicago, USA
Rob Foster The University of Queensland Working Group: Tall Timber Brisbane, Australia
Carsten Hein Arup Working Group: Tall Timber Berlin, Germany
Robin Cheeseright D2E International VT Consultants Ltd. Working Group: Vertical Transportation London, United Kingdom
Peng Du CTBUH CTBUH China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Chicago, USA
Dario Trabucco CTBUH CTBUH Research Manager Venice, Italy
Jason Gabel CTBUH CTBUH Communications Manager Chicago, USA
Nicole McLellan CTBUH CTBUH Global Initiatives Assistant Chicago, USA
Daniel Safarik CTBUH CTBUH Editor Chicago, USA