CTBUH recognizes KPF’s world-leading supertall expertise

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recently recognized KPF’s leadership in the design of supertall buildings with the inclusion of 16 KPF projects – the most from any single firm – in its recently published book 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.

The book provides an overview of the world’s tallest towers that are either completed or under construction. This edition marks the first time that all 100 buildings listed are officially “supertalls,” or over 985 feet (300 meters).

Starting with the tallest, the 16 KPF projects included are:

  1. Ping An Finance Center
  2. Lotte World Tower
  3. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
  4. CITIC Tower
  5. Shanghai World Financial Center
  6. International Commerce Centre
  7. Corporate Avenue 1
  8. Suzhou IFS
  9. China Resources Headquarters
  10. 30 Hudson Yards
  11. Shenzhen Center
  12. Three Sixty West Tower B
  13. Forum 66 Tower 1
  14. Spring City 66
  15. One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7
  16. Thamrin Nine Tower 1

KPF was also a major presence at this year’s CTBUH conference, held in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, with seven KPF design leaders speaking to a wide range of topics. Those presentations included:

  • David Malott, “Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World”
  • James von Klemperer, “X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings”
  • ZhiZhe Yu, “Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District”
  • Robert Whitlock, “Finding Opportunities for Public Space in a Dense, Vertical City”
  • Marianne Kwok, “A World-Class City Calls for World-Class Architecture (One Shenzhen Bay)”
  • Florence Chan, “CTF Guangzhou – Efficiency in Mixed-Use Supertall”
  • Inkai Mu, “China Resources Headquarters Tower”

Additionally, Rob Whitlock also served as head of the jury for the KPF-sponsored CTBUH 2016 Student Design Competition, which was awarded to Lisa Marie Martinez of the University of Arizona and Gonzalo Casado of the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.