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Building a skyscraper today also means preparing for possible threats: earthquakes, strong winds, environmental deterioration and terrorist plots, to name a few. Four experts address these critical issues for tall buildings of the future.

$20 public
$12 CAF and CTBUH members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Join CAF and program partner The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Second Event Sponsor Olsson Fire & Risk to discover what goes into designing skyscrapers with safety features to protect against a multitude of threats. Experts from the architecture, engineering, urban planning and real estate development industries will give rapid-fire presentations on what goes into making these critical design accommodations.

Program Moderator: Antony Wood

Antony Wood

Antony Wood is the executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a position he has held since 2006. His passion for tall buildings developed in the 1990s, when he was working as an architect in the UK and Asia. Some of his large projects during that time included SV City in Bangkok, Kuningan Persada Tower in Jakarta and the Kuala Lumpur Central International Railway Terminal.

Wood has worked as a professor since 2001. He spent five years at the University of Nottingham in England before coming to Chicago. He is currently a studio associate professor for the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Wood is the author of numerous publications in the field of tall buildings and has presented at conferences around the world. He serves on several CTBUH committees and has been the principal investigator for numerous research projects. He resides in Oak Park with his wife and two children.

Program Speaker: Don Davies

Don Davies

Don Davies is the president of MKA, an international structural and civil engineering firm. He has designed towers up to 105 stories tall, including 22 performance-based towers in areas of high seismicity. His projects are located in more than 31 major metropolitan centers and 18 countries, including China, southeast Asia, and India. Don is a recognized leader in sustainable structural design practices and frequently lectures on embodied carbon modeling, bio-mimicry and structural design optimization. He is also part of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s advisory group.

Program Speaker: Nicole Dosso

Nicole Dosso

Nicole Dosso is the director of SOM's technical department in New York. She served as the lead technical coordinator for SOM’s projects at the World Trade Center site, including One World Trade. Her work on 7 World Trade Center incorporated advanced life safety systems that exceeded New York City’s building code and provided a basis for developing new high-rise construction standards throughout the city. Nicole is currently working on multiple Manhattan West projects and the 35 Hudson Yards mixed-use tower. She was elected to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 2016.

Program Speaker: Simon Lay

Simon Lay

Simon Lay is a fire risk engineer and director of Olsson Fire & Risk in the UK. He has worked on many high-rise projects, including The Shard and Shell Centre in London, The China Poly Headquarters in Beijing and most recently, the High Tech Tower in Luanda. Simon has also led fire engineering work for complex retail malls, like Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, and he worked on venues for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He is the only fire engineer recognized as a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat fellow.

Part one of the 2017 Skyscraper Lecture Series, "Building Tall: How High Can We Go?" was held on March 16. View an excerpt.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU

  • This is part two of four in the 2017 Skyscraper Lecture Series. Registration for parts three and four will open soon.
  • Ticket price includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drinks.
  • CTBUH members are invited to call the CAF Box Office (312) 922.8687 to register for the program at the member ticket price.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $10 at the CAF Box Office.

assistive listening systemsThe Lecture Hall @ CAF is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System. To request a receiver, with either a headset or neckloop, please inquire with a CAF staff member at the program.

Series Partner: CTBUHEvent Sponsor: Olsson Fire Risk