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What does the future hold for skyscrapers? We’ll take a look at buildings with flexible floor plates, movable walls, robotic features and other abilities to reconfigure. What bold innovations are still to come? Hear from our panel of experts.

November 19, 2019
6:00 pm
$20 public (includes CAC admission)
$15 CAC Members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.


We’re beginning to see new efficiencies in the construction of tall buildings. What bold innovations are still to come that will optimize skyscraper performance and forever change our expectations of how these buildings work for us? Join us for the latest installment of our Building Tall lecture series, featuring partner Chan-Li Lin of Rafael Vinoly Architects, structural engineer Abdulmajid Karanouh of Drees & Sommer, and a senior designer with Gensler. This series, hosted by the CAC and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), uncovers everything from the physics to the financials of how skyscrapers work.

Program Speaker: Abdulmajid Karanouh

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Abdulmajid Karanouh is a leading interdisciplinary design and high-tech built environment specialist with a background in architecture, computation and engineering. He has worked on a range of record-breaking and award-winning projects around the world, including the innovative Al-Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, which are known for their energy-efficient geometry. Karanouh currently leads the Interdisciplinary Design and Research Group at Drees & Sommer, where he develops context-inspired masterplans and building solutions.

Program Speaker: Chan-Li Lin

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Chan-li Lin is a partner at Rafael Viñoly Architects, where he has worked for more than 27 years. His portfolio includes a wide range of projects for universities, municipalities and private clients in the U.S., the Netherlands and Japan. Lin has led teams in design competitions that resulted in firm commissions, including the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh and the Hills at Vallco mixed-use development in Cupertino, California. He is currently serving as project director for NEMAChicago and the new Stanford Hospital and splits his time between Chicago, California and New York, overseeing project teams in all locations. Lin received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event. View the CAC's hours.
  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAC Box Office.
  • CTBUH members are invited to call the CAC Box Office (312) 922.8687 to register for the program at the member ticket price.
Program Partners

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat