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Russell Gilchrist
Practice Leader, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago
“Sustainable Strategies for High Rise Buildings”

High rise buildings present opportunities for passive and active sustainable strategies that are not so readily available to their less tall counterparts. This presentation demonstrates through Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s current project work how such strategies can be integrated into buildings to offset energy demand from the grid and promote high quality work and living environments, Projects discussed include Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China and Digital Media City in Seoul, South Korea.
With more than 23 years of experience in the European architecture industry, Russell Gilchrist recently joined the Chicago Office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. In 2000, Mr. Gilchrist was Project Architect for the 88 Wood Street project for Daiwa Securities in London, winner of a RIBA Award, Civic Trust Award and nominated for the Stirling Prize Award for the best building in the UK.

Mr. Gilchrist works in collaboration with SOM Partners and project teams to improve design solutions through the use of building science. He is also responsible for the development of working drawings and construction phase services for several complex projects.

 Mr. Gilchrist works with the Director in charge of sustainable engineering to integrate technological and sustainable strategies into all SOM projects. Currently, Mr. Gilchrist is involved in several projects including Pearl River Tower, a ‘zero-energy’ concept tower in Guangzhou, China, North Bund Jingang Plaza, a mixed-use development in Shanghai, China, the Dallas City Performance Hall, a community theatre with 750-seat music hall and flexible space for theatre and dance, and the University of North Carolina Genome Science Laboratory, a state-of-the-art “green” research laboratory which is planned to be LEED® Gold certified.

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