Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shanghai Congress: Important Meetings

February 2012

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A major meeting of the Shanghai Congress Local Steering Committee was recently held in the very appropriate setting of the Shanghai Tower construction site (the tower core is now up at level 52, with the second of the outrigger floors now complete – see image).

The meeting was hosted by committee chairs Mr. Gu Jianping of the Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd, and Professor Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University and CTBUH Country Representative for China. Also in attendance were CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, and 35 other members from the Local and International Congress Steering Committees.

Shanghai Tower, now at level 52
Now that the major aspects of the Congress are in place, the meeting focused on the detailed planning of the technical and regional tours, possible venues for the VIP reception, formation of the Chinese translation peer review committee to review translated technical papers submitted, strategies to promote the event to encourage attendance, and filling the small number of major sponsor positions which are still available. The meeting lasted two hours and benefitted from the enthusiastic involvement of all in attendance.
Shanghai Congress Steering Committee Meeting (see all attendees below)

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wood also had several other important meetings while they were in Shanghai, including a meeting with the Chairman of ECADI, Mr. Zhang Jun Jie, and the Chairman and Secretary General of the Architectural Society of Shanghai, Mr. Wu Zhiguang and Mr. Lu Jiayang, who have confirmed the Architectural Society of Shanghai as a Supporting Partner of the Congress. The visit ended with dinner atop the spectacular rooftop terrace of the House of Roosevelt on the Bund, with its amazing views of the Pudong skyline, appropriate as this will be the venue for the main Congress Networking Reception on the evening of the first day’s proceedings.

CTBUH meeting with ECADI and the Architectural Society of Shanghai. Attendees (from right to left): YongJia Chen, Busines Development Manager, ECADI; Wu Zhiguang, Chairman, Architectural Society of Shanghai (missing); Cao Jiaming,  Secretary General, Architectural Society of Shanghai; Zhang Jun Jie, Chairman, ECADI; Wang Da Sui, Chief Engineer, ECADI; Guo-Qiang Li, Professor, Tongji University; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH; Timothy Johnson, Chairman, CTBUH, Design Partner, NBBJ; Yushu Liu, Professor, Tongji University; Sammi Liu, MCI. CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson and Architectural Society of Shanghai Chairman Wu Zhiguang meet in Shanghai

Great thanks go to all who met with the CTBUH during the few days in Shanghai, and especially the 39 members of the Congress Steering Committees (attendance list shown below) for their enthusiastic involvement in both the meeting and the Congress to be.

Steering Committee Attendees:
Committee Chair: Gu Jianping, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Committee Chair: Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood
Malcolm Laverick, AECOM
Ping Jiang, Aedas
Penny Cheung, Arup
Liu Peng, Arup
Gareth Kirkwood, Atkins
YongJia Chen, ECADI
Jay Shen, Gensler
Jun Xia, Gensler
Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus
John Nipaver, John Portman & Associates
Rebecca Cheng, KPF
Vivian Zhang, MCI
Sammi Liu, MCI
Hattie Du, MCI
Theophile Gandolfo, Schindler Management AP (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Connie Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Sun Jiahua, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Lucy Lu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Pan Jia Ning, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Wang Pingshan, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Grace Zhu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Silas Chiow, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill  
Eric Tomich, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Scott Slaney, SWA
Yi Zhu, Thornton Tomasetti
Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (group) Co., Ltd
Zoe Zhou, Tongji Architectural Design (group) Co., Ltd
Wu Zhiqiang, Tongji University
Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Architecture Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd
Julie Zeng, VOA Architecture Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd