16 May 2016

HONG KONG – Preparations for the upcoming CTBUH 2016 Conference, which will be held progressively across three cities in the Pearl River Delta region of China – Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong – are now significantly advancing, following a Steering Committee meeting at One Exchange Square in Hong Kong. The meeting, kindly hosted by HongKong Land, provided a forum for over 40 CTBUH member representatives to discuss and make meaningful contributions to one of the most ambitious conference programs in Council history. There, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood gave key updates to the group and called upon committee members to undertake several important tasks leading up to the main event.


The Steering Committee meets to discuss tasks for the CTBUH 2016 Conference

Wood was proud to announce that a record 603 individuals were already registered for the conference as of May 5, 2016, vastly outperforming expectations and conveying the clear interest that the industry has in the conference topic and location(s). Registrants hail from all around the world, with particularly impressive numbers coming from: China with 273, United States with 101, Israel with 46, United Kingdom with 37, and Canada with 34. It’s appearing likely that the upcoming conference will sell out even further in advance than the last iteration, which was capped for registration six weeks ahead of the event, making it especially important that delegates finalize their participation in all programs, tours, and receptions as soon as possible.

One Exchange Square

Exchange Square – a prominent Hong Kong skyscraper complex that served as the venue for the meeting

The group also got up to speed on all of the confirmed sponsors to date, numbering 52 at the time of the meeting (with six sponsorship opportunities still available), and familiarized themselves with the five stunning networking reception venues. As the conference program is somewhat complicated this year, a number of graphics were presented that clearly illustrated how to the conference program would advance across the three cities. The program in Shenzhen was also discussed in detail, which will break out into 11 parallel sections focusing on various “hot topics” in the industry:

  • Towards Dense Vertical Urbanism: Urban Planning & Infrastructure
  • Megacities: International Case Studies
  • Advances in Tall Building Technologies
  • The Megacity Re-Imagined
  • High Rise & Urban Innovations
  • Intelligent Tall Buildings
  • People-Centric Tall Buildings
  • The Environmental, Social and Economic Impact of Tall Buildings
  • The Environmental Filer: Tall Building Façades
  • Megatall and Megacities: Design Challenges
  • Progressive Construction and Engineering

Attendees learned about how the above sessions would manifest physically at the Shenzhen Grand Hyatt, dispersed throughout the spacious venue along with numerous exhibitions booths/suites, of which there are five still available, and abundant support facilities.

In addition to the common conference programs – and integral to the geographic “journey” of the conference – are a number of off-site program options that will take place across numerous high-profile buildings in each of the three cities. These programs were covered in detail, such that the committee had a clear understanding of this programming for use in their own promotional efforts for the event. The majority of off-site programs were said to have similar schedules, with time allocated for presentations, Q&A sessions, and tours of the building/development/urban area.

The meeting ended with words of thanks for the committee’s support and an air of excitement and optimism regarding the conference to come. The gathering came amid a two-week trip to Asia by Antony Wood, who hopped between various cities in the region to lay the groundwork for the highly anticipated event.


Steering Committee Meeting Attendance

AECOMEdward SC ChanExecutive Director
AIA-HKKen HauPresident
ArcadisFrancis AuHead of Arcadis Hong Kong & Macau
ArquitectonicaPeter BrannanDirector Hong Kong Office
ArquitectonicaCathy LeeMarketing & Business Development Manager
ArquitectonicaAnthony LaiAssociate Director
ArupGoman HoDirector
AtkinsIan MilneSenior Design Director HK
BuroHappoldPeter DampierIntegrated Marketing Director
Callison RTKLQuanhong Li Vice President
CBREAndy ToManaging Director
CCDIXie FangVice President
CRECCHKIvan KoChairman
CS GroupTom LoCS Asia, Senior Country Manager
Dow CorningSammy HuiBusiness Development
FarrellsSimon ChanSenior Associate
FarrellsStefan KrummeckDirector
HENNMatthias LassenPartner, China Project Director
Hong Kong Housing AuthorityMartin TsoiChief Structural Engineer
Hongkong LandJames RobinsonExecutive Director, Projects
Hysan DevelopmentChristina LeeSenior Design Manager
Jiang Architects & EngineersChun JiangManaging Director, Design Principal
KPFJoyce LamAssociate Principal
KurarayGene LiMarketing, South China Region
LERAWinnie KwanPartner
NBBJJonathan WallAsia Projects Director, Principal
New World DevelopmentKevin QuanProject Manager - Architecture
Ping AnThomas TsangCEO
Rider Levett BucknallStephen LaiManaging Director
Ronald Lu & PartnersAndy LeungManaging Director
RWDIKelvin WongRegional Project Manager
SchindlerSherring MakMarketing Communications Manager
SOMSilas ChiowDirector (China)
Sun Hung KaiSteven ChenDuputy Project Manager
Sun Hung KaiLewis LamAssistant General Manager
Thornton TomasettiC.T. TamSenior Associate
thyssenkruppIan SmithVice President, Special Projects
ULFred ShekGeneral Manager, Greater China
UTC/OtisMurilo BonilhaGeneral Manager
Woods BagotPeter BoyleBusiness Development Director
Woods BagotSelina LawMarketing Manager
WSP | Parsons BrinckerhoffVincent TseManaging Director