Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Design Research Professor Profiles
In alphabetical order by last name
Chris Abel
Vertical Architecture Studio
 

Chris Abel

 
The Vertical Architecture STudio (VAST), run by academic and author Chris Abel, has been convened at a number of institutions globally, including the University of Sydney, the University of Nebraska, and the University of New South Wales. The studio, which marks a departure from conventional high-rise studies, was created to explore the possibilities and implications of the new movement for tall building urban form. Research focuses on alternative models of sustainable high-rise design, and new kinds of spatial and functional relationships between tall buildings.

Studios/Student Work
2007 Vertical Architecture Studio: Sydney
2008 Vertical Architecture Studio: Lincoln
2009 Vertical Architecture Studio: New South Wales
2010 Vertical Architecture Studio: New South Wales

Dr. Mir M. Ali
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
 

Peter Land

 

Professor Ali is a leading expert in tall building engineering and architecture.  He is a specialist in seismic and foundations engineering, and has published numerous books, journal articles, and scholarly papers on tall buildings ranging from technology, engineering,and design to urban habitats.  He is best known for his contributions to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and author and co-author of: Architecture of Tall Buildings (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995), Art of the Skyscraper: The Genius of Fazlur Khan (New York: Rizzoli, 2001), Catalyst for Skyscraper Revolution: Lynn S. Beedle: A Legend in his Lifetime (Chicago: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2004), and The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007).


Studios/Student Work
2007 High Rise & Habitat: Global

Paul J. Armstrong
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
 

Peter Land

 

Professor Armstrong is a recognized expert in tall building design and urbanism.  His research focuses on the role and design of tall buildings in urban habitats.  He has conducted architecture studios and seminars at the graduate level that focus on High-Rise & Habitat.  He has published over 80 scholarly papers on tall buildings, urbanism, and modern and post-modern architecture.  He is the co-author of several books, including: Architecture of Tall Buildings (New York: McGraw–Hill, 1995), The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology and Innovation (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and SynergiCity: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012).


Studios/Student Work
2007 High Rise & Habitat: Global

Luigi Croce
IUAV University of Venice
 

  Luigi Croce is a contract Professor of Architectural Composition at the IUAV University of Venice in the summer graduate student workshops. His main interests include the research of Tall Buildings and also Mediterranean Architecture.
He graduated in Architectural Composition at the IUAV in 1986 and was a visiting associate at the School of Architecture of the University of Cambridge (UK) the following year and in 1993. He then started his professional career and his teaching activity at the Centro Internazionale Studi Architettura Andrea Palladio (CISA) and at the IUAV, first as a tutor, then as contract professor.
 
Studios/Student Work
2011 Workshop: Venice

Dr. Majhoub Elnimeiri
Illinois Institute of Technology
 

Peter Land

  Dr. Majhoub Elnimeiri leads IIT's PhD in Architecture program. The program's tall building focus centers on three primary research themes: structure, sustainability and form, computational architecture, and energy efficiency. The specific projects presented through the Council include presentations of varying types, including: developmental work exploring generative concepts of tall building form, innovative design processes, computational fluid dynamics analysis for wind speed measurements in tall buildings using state-of-the-art digital tools, and application of BIM concepts to integrate the whole design process of tall buildings.
 
Studios/Student Work
High Rise Structure, Sustainability and Form
High Rise Computational Architecture
High Rise Energy Efficiency

Thomas Hoepf
Illinois Institute of Technology
 

Tom Hoepf

 

Professor Thomas Hoepf, FAIA, Principal Design Architect at Teng + Associates, lead a tall building studio which highlights the programmatic requirements of the building along with the architectural objective of aesthetics. The building enclosure is also emphasized with the use of new materials and technology within a generic structural solution. The design responses are site specific and developed with a clear understanding of the building function in relation to the horizontal and vertical plane.

 
Studios/Student Work
2008 Chicago Architecture Center: Chicago

Chris Karidis
Illinois Institute of Technology
 

 
Professor Karidis’ studio focuses on high-rise building design, restricting students to a maximum building height of forty floors. Building function, space, form, structure, envelope, escpecially code and technical issues are confronted as architectural problems. Emphasis is on the integration of all building systems and the consideration of their effect on architectural form. This includes analysis of project costs, construction methods and compliance with building codes and industry standards.
 
Studios/Student Work
2002-2006 High Rise Design Studios: Chicago

Peter Land
Illinois Institute of Technology
 

  Professor Peter Land, RIBA, leads a studio which emphasizes innovative structures and natural energy systems in response to the future needs of the built environment. As global concerns over pollution and diminishing fossil fuel reserves intensify, the need increases to conserve energy, develop technologies for harvesting renewable resources, and use materials more effectively. The research projects developed are intended to show that with technology and an inventive approach, new solutions for these new challenges unfold.

 
Studios/Student Work
Tall Structures and Energy Systems

David Nicholson-Cole
University of Nottingham
 

David Nicholson-Cole

 
Professor David Nicholson-Cole leads a dedicated Masters Course and qualification – MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings – in conjunction with Philip Oldfield. The tall building studio, begun in 2002, was first accredited by the CTBUH in 2010. Student work from the studio has been published  globally, in the Urban Land Institute Journal, The Big Project, Crain’s Chicago and other publications.

Studios/Student Work
2007 The Bioclimatic Tower: London
2008 Tall & Green: Canary Wharf
2009 Vertical Communities: London
2010 Vertical Communities: London
2010 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2011 The Passivhaus Skyscraper
2011 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2012 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2012 The Passivhaus Skyscraper

Philip Oldfield
University of Nottingham
 

Philip Oldfield

 
Professor Philip Oldfield has taught tall building studio modules over a number of years at both the University of Nottingham and the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been a guest tutor at the University of Lincoln. He was also a jury member on the 'Mock Firms National Skyscraper Challenge', organised by Architecture Today, and held in Chicago. His studio course at UoN enjoys regular input from professionals representing Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Make Architects, BDSP and Grimshaw Architects, amongst others.

Studios/Student Work
2007 The Bioclimatic Tower: London
2010 Vertical Communities: London
2010 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2011 The Passivhaus Skyscraper
2011 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2012 Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2012 The Passivhaus Skyscraper

Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit
King Saud University


Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit is leading a newly created in 2011 Tall building Design Studio with collaboration of  Nottingham Tall buildings studio, were he participated as a design tutor for Tall building Studio at University of Nottingham, UK in 2006. The new studio focuses on ideas of sustainable architectural design in articulating visionary yet energy efficient tall designs in providing, sustainable lighting interiors, energy generation from Sun and/or Wind, Passive cooling and ventilation and so forth. Architectural design themes centre on mixed-use in tall buildings. His main research revolves about sustainable power generation and optimisation of buildings with integrated renewable energy technologies and published over six papers in international conferences and/or Journals in this regard.
Studios/Student Work
2011 Bioclimatic Tall Buildings

Peter Ruge
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)

Peter Ruge’s approach to teaching explores new methodologies of programming and optimization. He aims to provide each designer with the ability to select the best concepts from a set of different project ideas. The students learn how to identify the appropriate project parameters through logical reasoning and critical thinking, and develop architectural design strategies that reflect the structured inquiry process.
By recognizing the diverse conditions of each site, criteria can be established that is most important to the project, and design decisions made that closely follow these demands.  As a result, sensitive and informed responses can be realised in the form of multilayered sustainable architectural outcomes.

Studios/Student Work
2012 Tu(r)ning29
2012 S(pace)maker
2013 Hi(gh) Alex

Dr. Brian R. Sinclair
University of Calgary
 
Dr. Brian R. Sinclair PhD FRAIC AIA (Intl) is Professor of Architecture, and Dean Emeritus, in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. He is President of sinclairstudio inc., a Canadian-based multi-disciplinary design and research corporation engaged in a broad array of interesting projects around the globe. Dr. Sinclair leads an annual senior research studio focused on integrative and innovative approaches to the design of tall buildings. The 100+ story buildings developed in the studio tackle a broad range of inter-related aspects including agility, sustainability, place-making, brand & icon, and innovation. 
 
Studios/Student Work
2010 Senior Research Studio: Calgary

Dario Trabucco
IUAV University of Venice
 
Dario Trabucco is a contract Professor of Building Technology at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy. He is involved in many research fields at the university, particularly through participation in the “my ideal city”  project financed by the EU 7th framework program. Dario has taught tall building design in many courses at IUAV and also in Paris Belleville, where he tutored at the Master “la Tour Metropolitaine” program. He currently publishes in national and international periodicals and peer-reviewed journals and regularly takes part in conferences on tall building related topics.
 
Studios/Student Work
2011 Workshop: Venice
2013 Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

Dr. Antony Wood
Illinois Institute of Technology
University of Nottingham (2003-2006)

 
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood leads a tall building studio concerned with alternative design approaches for tall buildings. With an emphasis on the tall building’s relationship with place (site and location) and environment (climate and sustainability) the design projects include not only innovative high-rise forms, but also unconventional high-rise functions: vertical farms, vertical “aquifers”, wind and solar farms, and much more.
 
Studios/Student Work
2003 The Heron Tower: London
2004 The Minerva Tower: London
2005 Pavements in the Sky: London
2006 The Anti-Isolationist Tower: London
2008 Tall & Green: Chicago
2009 Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai
2010 Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai II
2011 Tall & Green: Seoul
2012 Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb: Chicago
2013 Sustainable Vertical Urbanism