Adrian Smith (architect)

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Adrian D. Smith
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Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois, Chicago, Texas A&M University, College Station
Occupation Architect
Practice Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Buildings Burj Khalifa
Jin Mao Tower
Pearl River Tower
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Projects Kingdom Tower
Azerbaijan Tower

Adrian D. Smith (born August 19, 1944) is an American architect of international renown, having designed many landmark buildings including the two world’s tallest structures Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010 in Dubai and Kingdom Tower, now under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is planned to become the world's next tallest at 1,000 m (3,300 ft). He was the lead architect of some of the world's most recognizable buildings including Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois; Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China; and Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China.

Education[edit]

Smith attended Texas A&M University, pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture while being involved with the Corps of Cadets. However he did not graduate, and instead left A&M to work at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in 1967.[1] He finished his education at the University of Illinois, Chicago and graduated in 1969. In 2013 Adrian was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Texas A&M University.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2006, Adrian founded Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), which is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. In 2008, he co-founded the MEP firm of PositivEnergy Practice (PEP), which specializes in the environmental engineering of high-performance, energy-efficient architecture. Prior to starting AS+GG, Adrian was a Design Partner at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) from 1980 to 2003 and a Consulting Design Partner from 2003 to 2006.

Recognition[edit]

Projects Smith designed have won over 125 awards including 5 international awards, 9 National American Institute of Architects Awards, 35 State and Chicago AIA Awards, and 3 Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence.[3] He was the recipient of the CTBUH 2011 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.[4] Smith's work at SOM has been featured in museums in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[5] in May 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Texas A &M University.

Selected projects[edit]

The following is an abridged list of work Smith was primarily responsible for as a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill:[6] or as Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Completed[edit]

Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
Building Year City Country Firm
Waldorf Astoria Beijing 2014 Beijing China AS+GG
FKI Tower 2013 Seoul Korea AS+GG
Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan 2011 Chicago USA AS+GG
Pearl River Tower 2011 Guangzhou China SOM
Burj Khalifa 2010 Dubai United Arab Emirates SOM
Zifeng Tower 2010 Nanjing China SOM
Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago) 2009 Chicago USA SOM
Broadgate Tower 2009 London United Kingdom SOM
Chemsunny Plaza 2008 Beijing China SOM
Jubilee Park Pavilion 2004 London United Kingdom SOM
Tower Palace III 2004 Seoul Korea SOM
Canary Wharf, International banking headquarters buildings: HQ1, DS1, DS3, DS4; FC2 1991–2004 London United Kingdom SOM
601 Congress Street, Manulife Financial 2003 Boston USA SOM
General Motors Renaissance Center 2003 Detroit USA SOM
Millennium Park and Millennium Park Master Plan 2002 Chicago USA SOM
BankBoston Headquarters 2000 Sao Paulo Brazil SOM
Washington University Arts and Sciences Building 2000 St. Louis USA SOM
Jin Mao Tower 1998 Shanghai China SOM
Washington University Psychology Building 1996 St. Louis USA SOM
Aramco Headquarters Office Building 1993 Dhahran Saudi Arabia SOM
10 Ludgate Place 1992 London United Kingdom SOM
USG Building (currently AT&T Corporate Center) 1991 Chicago USA SOM
NBC Tower 1989 Chicago USA SOM
Rowes Wharf 1988 Boston USA SOM
Olympia Centre 1986 Chicago USA SOM
United Gulf Bank Building 1986 Manama Bahrain SOM
Banco de Occidente 1980 Guatemala City Guatemala SOM

Currently Under Construction[edit]

Project Type City Country Status Completion Date Firm
Expo 2017 Cultural Astana Kazakhstan Construction[7] 2017 AS+GG
Wuhan Greenland Center Supertall Wuhan China Construction[8] 2017 AS+GG
Chengdu Greenland Tower Supertall Chengdu China Construction[8] 2018 AS+GG
Kingdom Tower Supertall Jeddah Saudi Arabia Construction[9] 2020 AS+GG

Significant unbuilt projects[edit]

Building City Country Firm
Masdar Headquarters Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates AS+GG
1 Dubai Dubai United Arab Emirates AS+GG
7 South Dearborn Chicago USA SOM
King Abdullah City King Abdullah City Saudi Arabia SOM
Mitsui Headquarters Competition Tokyo Japan SOM
Samsung Togok Seoul Korea SOM
Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Building Xiamen China SOM

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Monographs[edit]

  • Smith, Adrian, The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future, Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, ISBN 1-86470-169-2
  • Smith, Adrian, Pro Architect 24: Adrian D Smith, Archiworld Company Ltd, ISBN 89-87223-24-8

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