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The 3rd U.S.-China Tall Buildings Symposium


  • The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB)

About the Symposium:

Since 2013 over 50% of the world’s tallest buildings have been built in China, while the U.S. cities are now looking up with new towers rising. Join tall building experts from the United States and China for a day-long exchange about the latest ideas, research, and case studies on innovative tall buildings and sustainable urban growth in China, the U.S., and beyond.

Organized by the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB), the 3rd US-China Tall Buildings Symposium will cover topics relevant to the current challenges and opportunities faced by tall building planning, design, and construction, including urban growth, structural resilience, and environmental sustainability. The confirmed speakers include practicing urban planners, architects and engineers from the U.S. and China, as well as academics from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Tongji University in Shanghai:

  • Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Executive Vice President of Samsung C&T
  • Renee Chow, Professor & Associate Dean of UC Berkeley
  • Fred Clarke, Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli
  • Gregory Deierlein, John A. Blume Professor of Stanford University
  • Michael Duncan, Design Director of SOM
  • Li Guoqiang, Professor of Tongji University
  • John King, Urban Design Critic of San Francisco Chronicle
  • Li Linxue, Professor of Tongji University
  • Stephen Mahin, Byron and Elvira Nishkian Professor of UC Berkeley
  • John Rahaim, Planning Director of City of San Francisco
  • Mark Sarkisian, Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner of SOM
  • Todd See, Senior Vice President of WSP
  • Fu Xueyi, Chief Engineer of CCDI

The Blume Earthquake Engineering Center will be hosting the Symposium on April 22, 2016 on the Stanford University campus. A delegation from China will travel to the Bay Area for the event, including some of the nation’s leading professors, architects, engineers, and developers of tall buildings.