Adrian Smith, senior Design Partner dello studio di architettura americano (con sede a Chicago) Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill e architetto progettista del Burj Khalifa (ex Burj Dubai), è il vincitore 2011 del Lifetime Achievement Award, assegnato dal Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), un ente internazionale interessato ai progetti urbani ed edifici ecostostenibili.
Il Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), è un organizzazione no-profit con sede presso l’Illinois Institute of Technology di Chicago (Illinois), che assegna il titolo di “The World’s Tallest Building” (Edificio più alto del mondo) ed è un’autorità autorizzata nel monitoraggio dell’altezza dei grattacieli più alti.
Adrian Smith è uno dei più prolifici disegner di super-grattaciali: ad oggi ha firmato il progetto di 4 dei più alti grattacieli al mondo già completati:
– Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (giù Burj Dubai): il più alto grattacielo al mondo,
– Nanjing’s Zifeng Tower at Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (il settimo più alto grattacielo al mondo)
– Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower (il decimo più alto)
– Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower (l’undicesimo),
Il portfolio di Adrian Smith include anche il London’s 201 Bishopsgate/Broadgate Tower, insignito dal CTBUH come “The Best Tall Building completed in Europe in 2009”. Smith è anche Design Partner del Pearl River Tower (310-metri), la cui aperture è prevista il prossimo autunno in Guangzhou, China.
Adrian Smith, senior Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, the architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (ex Burj Dubai), is the 2011 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an international body in the field of tall buildings and sustainable urban design. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is a not-for-profit organization based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the city of Chicago, Illinois, that announces the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” and is an authority on the official height of tall buildings. Its stated mission is to study and report “on all aspects of the planning, design, and construction of tall buildings.” The Council was founded at Lehigh University in 1969, where its office remained until October 2003, when it moved to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Last year, the CTBUH named Burj Khalifa the Best Tall Building completed in the Middle East and Asia, and also presented Burj with the Global Icon Award.
“Adrian is one of a relatively small number of architects who has designed and built a significant number of not only tall, but supertall, buildings internationally. As such, his contribution to the development of the typology is beyond doubt. Equally as exciting are the ‘as yet unannounced’ tall projects that I know of that are scheduled to come from his office in the coming months.” said Antony Wood, CTBUH’s executive director.
Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and celebrated designers of supertall towers. As of mid-2011, he has designed four of the world’s eleven tallest completed buildings: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Nanjing’s Zifeng Tower at Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (7th tallest), Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower (10th tallest) and Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower (11th tallest), all at his former firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Smith’s design portfolio at SOM also includes London’s 201 Bishopsgate/Broadgate Tower, which the CTBUH named the Best Tall Building completed in Europe in 2009. Also at SOM, Smith was the Design Partner of the 71-storey, 310-meter Pearl River Tower, scheduled to open this fall in Guangzhou, China, as the world’s most sustainable supertall building.
“Adrian’s body of work includes some of the world’s tallest and most recognised buildings,” noted CTBUH Trustee Peter Irwin, “yet his designs transcend mere height and have become landmarks because of their graceful design and inherent sensitivity to local context and culture.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the late CTBUH founder Lynn S. Beedle, a leader in the study, design and building of skyscrapers.
“This is a great honor,” Smith said of the award. “The CTBUH is a great organisation and I’m extremely proud of this recognition.”
The award will be presented at the CTBUH 10th annual awards ceremony and dinner on October 27 at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Crown Hall.