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  Antony Wood RIBA


CTBUH Executive Director, Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, S. R. Crown Hall,

3360 S State Street, Chicago, IL, 60616, USA, Tel: +1 312 567 3307, Fax: +1 312 567 5820, Email: wood@iit.edu



Antony Wood is Executive Director of the CTBUH ( www.ctbuh.org ), responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Chairman and the executive committee. His field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings.


Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT. Prior to becoming an academic at the University of Nottingham, UK in 2001, and IIT in 2006, he worked in architectural practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. Tall Buildings / large projects he has been involved in these countries include the £120 million, 11 No. mixed office / residential tower project of SV City, Bangkok (completed 1995), the £70 million 4 No. 44-storey condominia project of Kuningan Persada, Jakarta (1997) and the prestigious £200 million Kuala Lumpur Central International Railway Terminal, Malaysia (completed 2001).


He is editor of the CTBUH special annual edition of the John Wiley & Sons published Journal: ‘The Structural design of Tall and Special Buildings’ and co-chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group. Antony is also founder of the Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group (www.tallbuildingstarg.com), based between the University of Nottingham, UK and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.


He is working on research projects in conjunction with Arup, the University of Greenwich Fire Safety Engineering Group and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Building Services Engineering. He is also Supervisor for the 3-year PhD studentship Tall Building Technologies. He is currently writing three books, entitled ‘New Paradigms in High Rise Design’,  ’Pavements in the Sky: The Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings’ and ‘The History of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’.


Towards Zero Carbon? Skyscrapers and Sustainability - abstract

The presentation looks at the trends driving the recent unprecedented boom in tall buildings internationally, and in particular the role tall buildings can play in facing the considerable challenges of climate change. It analyses the pros and cons of the skyscraper on sustainability grounds, and charts the rise of an environmental conscience in high rise architecture. In then presenting a number of theoretical tall building design projects developed by the author in conjunction with the CTBUH and academic-research institutes such as the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and the University of Nottingham, UK, it seeks to answer the question of whether zero carbon in skyscrapers is ever possible and, if so, what is needed to get there?



The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international organization sponsored by architecture, engineering, planning and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.


The Council’s mission is to disseminate information on healthy urban environments and tall building technology, to maximize the international interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form.


Founded in 1969, CTBUH has been active in organizing and sponsoring professional conferences on regional, national and international levels. Symposia, seminars and technical sessions are held periodically on topics of unique interest to the particular constituency.


CTBUH is the recognized source for information on tall buildings worldwide, focusing on their role in the urban environment, and provides a forum for discussing the ideas associated with providing adequate space for life and work, involving not only technological factors, but social and cultural aspects as well.