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Antony Wood
CTBUH Executive Director / Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
“The Re-making of Mumbai: Search for an Appropriate Skyscraper Response”

In the early part of 2009, twelve students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, under the tutelage of Professor Antony Wood and working together with the Remaking of Mumbai Federation and the Mumbai architectural colleges of Rizvi and Sir JJ, undertook a study of the C-ward and designed a connected skyscraper proposal inspired by the culture and climate of the setting. This presentation overviews the fascinating results.


Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the CTBUH since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, of which he is an ex-officio member. Prior to this, he was CTBUH Vice-Chairman for Europe and Head of Research. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH, including a tripling of membership, the establishment of a new headquarters office with five staff based within the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an increase in output and initiatives across all areas.

Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to joining the Council and IIT, Antony was an Associate Professor / Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 2001 – 2006, where he ran the third and fifth year programmes respectively, and was an active member of various research teams. Whilst at Nottingham, he founded the Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group. The educational and research output of this group can be found at www.tallbuildingstarg.com.

Prior to becoming an academic, Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and London, between 1991 – 2001. It was during this time that he developed his passion for, and professional background in, tall buildings. 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 the author of numerous book and papers in the field of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas, including the 2008 title “Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”. He is also editor of the CTBUH special annual edition of the John Wiley & Sons published Journal: ‘The Structural design of Tall and Special Buildings’. He is co-chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group and co-chair of the Council’s height committee. He is working on research projects in conjunction with Arup, the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Building Services Engineering. He is Supervisor for the 3-year PhD studentship “Towards Zero-carbon Tall Buildings”. He is currently engaged in four books, namely: ‘The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments’; ‘The Encyclopedia of the Skyscraper’; ‘New Paradigms in High Rise Design’;  and ’Pavements in the Sky: The Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings’.
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