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Stephan Reinke RIBA  FAIA, Director, Stephan Reinke Architects
“Place Making: Urban Design and the Tall Building”

From  “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces “ by  William Holly Whyte, to the recent acceptance that quality public realm can add real commercial value to tall building environments, the need to rigorously design great public spaces becomes increasing critical to the quality of our urban environments.This demand on the design community is important in all our towns and cities, and is crucial in emerging markets, and the rapid growth cities of South Asia, Asia and South America.  Sustainability, in environmental and commercial terms is the challenge. This presentation explores examples from mature and emerging markets, with a specific focus on tall building and high density environments.


Stephan C Reinke RIBA FAIA  has worked in the international arena for over twenty years developing an in-depth experience in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Stephan is a leading architect in the design and delivery of tall buildings and major urban developments.  As a UK based international practitioner, he has extensive office, mixed-use and hospitality experience.

He is currently a Director of Stephan Reinke Architects Ltd based in London. He has been a Director of HOK International, the Managing Director of Woods Bagot Europe, a global sector leader and tall building group leader.

“ We are a leading edge design team, with an international perspective. Our focus is on full client engagement and collaboration, design quality and applied intellect that embraces leading edge technology and sustainability, both in environmental and commercial terms.  Our process is consistently informed by the best and most appropriate
design for the context, and the optimal response to client and stakeholder parameters.” SC Reinke, SCR architects

Stephan was a Design Principal responsible for the concept design and design development for the one km tall Nakheel Tower and Harbour City in Dubai. He was also the principal responsible for the 36 level hotel, conference centre and serviced apartment complex at West India Quay in London, the 60 level Piccadilly Tower and Urban Regeneration Scheme in Manchester, the 40 level Raffles Riverside Tower Complex in Moscow, Russia,  the Ten Trinity Square Development in London, the 44 level Southern Cross Corporate Centre in Melbourne, Australia,
and the “ Twin Towers”  at the Liverpool Central Urban Redevelopment. 

Stephan has made numerous contributions to magazines and journals regarding tall building design, architecture, urban design and project delivery. He is a regular speaker at conferences including:  

  • Talking Tall London Conference 2007, London
  • CTBUH 8th World Congress 2008, Dubai
  • AJ Conference: Hotel Design 2009 (Chairman) , London
  • AIA UK International Conference 2009: Urban Renaissance, Manchester
  • Middle East High Rise Conference 2009  ( Keynote Speaker ), Dubai
  • 2009 MIPIM Mayor’s Think Tank ( Chairman for Mayor's Roundtable workshop discussion on Tall Buildings and Urban Design)., Cannes

Stephan was the Founding President of the American Institute of Architects London-UK Chapter in 1994 (The First International Chapter of the AIA). He has served as Chairman of the AIA’s International Committee and as an appointed member of the RIBA’s International Affairs Committee. In 2004, Stephan was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

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