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
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 neofuturistic architect who has designed skyscrapers including the Burj Khalifa, Jin Mao Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, as well as the, currently in construction, project of the Kingdom Tower for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which is planned to become the world's tallest at 1,000 m (3,300 ft).


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.


Smith worked on numerous projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill from 1967–2006. He then left to co-found Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Because of the long design cycle for major projects, he has continued to win awards and recognition for work he did during his long stint at SOM.


Projects Smith designed have won over 125 awards including 5 international awards, 9 National AIA awards, 25 Chicago AIA awards, and 2 ULI Awards for Excellence.[2] He was the recipient of the CTBUH 2011 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.[3] 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.[4] 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:[5]

Burj Khalifa[edit]

Main article: Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, in Dubai is the holder of the title of World’s Tallest Building. Adrian Smith was the Design Partner at SOM for the Burj Khalifa, officially opened on the 4th of January 2010.

Proposed or under construction[edit]

Project Type City Country Status Completion Date
Kingdom Tower Supertall Jeddah Saudi Arabia Construction[6][7] 2016-2017
Masdar Headquarters Low-rise Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Construction 2011


Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
Building Year City Country
10 Fleet Place, Ludgate 1992 London England
201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower 2009 London England
601 Congress Street, Manulife Financial 2003 Boston USA
Aramco Headquarters Office Building 1993 Dhahran Saudi Arabia
AT&T Corporate Center 1989 Chicago USA
Banco de Occidente 1980 Guatemala City Guatemala
BankBoston Headquarters 2000 Sao Paulo Brazil
Burj Khalifa 2010 Dubai United Arab Emirates
Canary Wharf, International banking headquarters buildings: HQ1, DS1, DS3, DS4; FC2 1991–2004 London England
Canary Wharf Master plan 1991 London England
Chemsunny World Trade Center 2008 Beijing China
General Motors Renaissance Center 2003 Detroit USA
Jubilee Park Pavilion 2004 London England
Jin Mao Tower 1998 Shanghai China
Millennium Park Master planning 2002 Chicago USA
Zifeng Tower 2010 Nanjing China
NBC Tower 1989 Chicago USA
Olympia Centre 1986 Chicago USA
Pearl River Tower 2012 Guangzhou China
Rowes Wharf 1988 Boston USA
Shanghai Grand Center 2011 Shanghai China
Tower Palace III 2004 Seoul Korea
Trump International Hotel & Tower 2009 Chicago USA
United Gulf Bank Building 1986 Manama Bahrain
USG Building (currently AT&T Corporate Center) 1991 Chicago USA
Washington University Arts and Sciences Building 2000 St. Louis USA
Washington University Psychology Building 1996 St. Louis USA

Significant unbuilt projects[edit]

Building City Country
1 Dubai Dubai United Arab Emirates
7 South Dearborn Chicago USA
King Abdullah City King Abdullah City Saudi Arabia
Mitsui Headquarters Competition Tokyo Japan
Samsung Togok Seoul Korea
Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Building Xiamen China

Non-architectural projects[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[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


  1. ^ Texas A&M
  2. ^ "Adrian Smith biography at". 
  3. ^ "CTBUH 10th Annual Awards, 2011". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Design Futures Council Senior Fellows
  5. ^ Smith, Adrian (2007). The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future. Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-86470-169-2. 
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