Adrian D. Smith
|Alma mater||University of Illinois, Chicago, Texas A&M University, College Station|
|Practice||Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture|
Jin Mao Tower
Pearl River Tower
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Adrian D. Smith (born August 19, 1944) is an American architect. He designed the world's tallest structure, Burj Khalifa, as well as the building projected to surpass it, the Jeddah Tower. Among his other projects, he was the senior architect for the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and Zifeng Tower in Nanjing.
Early life and education
Adrian Smith was born in Chicago in 1944. When he was four years old, his family moved to Southern California, where he grew up. His interest in drawing led his mother to suggest that he study architecture.
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 started working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in 1967. He finished his education at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Architecture and Arts, graduating in 1969. In 2013, Smith was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Texas A&M University.
Smith spent many years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, beginning in 1967 and was a Design Partner from 1980 to 2003 and a Consulting Design Partner from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, he 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.
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. He was the recipient of the CTBUH 2011 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. 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.
|Central Park Tower||2021||New York City||United States||AS+GG|
|Waldorf Astoria Beijing||2014||Beijing||China||AS+GG|
|Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan||2011||Chicago||United States||AS+GG|
|Pearl River Tower||2011||Guangzhou||China||SOM|
|Burj Khalifa||2010||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||SOM|
|Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)||2009||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|Broadgate Tower||2009||London||United Kingdom||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||United States||SOM|
|General Motors Renaissance Center||2003||Detroit||United States||SOM|
|Millennium Park and Millennium Park Master Plan||2002||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|Sede do BankBoston||2002||Sao Paulo||Brazil||SOM|
|Washington University Arts and Sciences Building||2000||St. Louis||United States||SOM|
|Jin Mao Tower||1998||Shanghai||China||SOM|
|Washington University Psychology Building||1996||St. Louis||United States||SOM|
|Summer of New Hope – Warren Blvd Project||1996||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|Aramco Headquarters Office Building||1993||Dhahran||Saudi Arabia||SOM|
|10 Ludgate Place||1992||London||United Kingdom||SOM|
|AT&T Corporate Center (currently Franklin Center)||1991||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|NBC Tower||1989||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|Rowes Wharf||1988||Boston||United States||SOM|
|Olympia Centre||1986||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|United Gulf Bank Building||1986||Manama||Bahrain||SOM|
|Banco de Occidente||1980||Guatemala City||Guatemala||SOM|
Currently under construction
|Wuhan Greenland Center||Supertall||Wuhan||China||Construction||2022||AS+GG|
|Chengdu Greenland Tower||Supertall||Chengdu||China||Construction||2022||AS+GG|
|Jeddah Tower||Megatall||Jeddah||Saudi Arabia||On-Hold||TBA||AS+GG|
|830 Brickell||Office/ Retail||Miami||United States||Construction||2022||AS+GG|
Significant unbuilt projects
|Masdar Headquarters||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||AS+GG|
|1 Dubai||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||AS+GG|
|7 South Dearborn||Chicago||United States||SOM|
|King Abdullah City||King Abdullah City||Saudi Arabia||SOM|
|Mitsui Headquarters Competition||Tokyo||Japan||SOM|
|Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Building||Xiamen||China||SOM|
- 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
- Chiarella, Tom (June 7, 2016). "The Man with His Head in the Clouds". Chicago.
- Texas A&M "Archone". Archived from the original on 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- Texas A&M "Outstanding alum chosen to receive honorary Ph.D. - ArchONE". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
- "Adrian Smith biography at smithgill.com".
- "CTBUH 10th Annual Awards, 2011". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Archived from the original on 31 December 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- Design Futures Council Senior Fellows 
- Smith, Adrian (2007). The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future. Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-1-86470-169-2.
- ctbuh. "Wuhan High-Rise, Designed to be China's Tallest, Receives Height Cuts". ctbuh. Archived from the original on 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- "Chengdu Greenland Tower - The Skyscraper Center". www.skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- "Jeddah Tower - The Skyscraper Center". www.skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- "830 Brickell - The Skyscraper Center". www.skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
- Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - official website
- Bloomberg Businessweek 'Shedding the Vortex' March 24, 2014
- Popular Science 'The Rise of the Supertall' February 15, 2013
- Modern Luxury 'On Top of the World' March 15, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal 'The State of Super-Tall Towers' July 8, 2011
- The Architect's Newspaper 'Smart Grid City' January 17, 2011
- Chicago Tribune Article 'Sweet new start for architect Adrian Smith' Feb 24, 2008