8–9 November 2021, CST (UTC-6)

Organized by CTBUH Headquarters and the CTBUH Chicago Chapter

Event Overview

CTBUH is excited to invite delegates to gather at 110 North Wacker, one of the city’s newest skyscrapers on the banks of the Chicago River. Hosted by the building owners and conference Diamond sponsor, Riverside Investment & Development, delegates will gather on the 55th floor overlooking downtown Chicago to discuss the local response needed for challenging global problems facing the urban realm, including addressing carbon footprint, the changing climate, social justice, and human health. Join delegates for a two-day event filled with robust educational sessions, multiple off-site programs and reconnect with colleagues at the networking reception.

Find out more about CTBUH’s Health and Safety Guidelines for our Chicago Events

Thank you to our generous event sponsors, shown below.


  • Two-day event
  • Full day of education sessions and networking reception
  • Numerous off-site program options on the second day
  • Time zone: CST (UTC-6)
  • CES credits: Registered professionals can expect to accumulate up to 12+ CES credits during the program



Core Conference & Networking Reception

110 North Wacker 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606


Event details are subject to change.

Chicago is offering two tracks: a core track (A) and a timber track (B).

Monday, 8 November 2021

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Arrival, Breakfast and Registration, Sponsored by ArcelorMittal
8:45 am – 9:30 am
Session 1—Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address

Anthony Scacco

Chief Operating Officer, Riverside Investment & Development

"Welcome Remarks"

Antony Wood

President, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

"Opening Comments"

Maurice Cox

Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago

"Keynote Address: Carbon, Climate & Society: Preparing Chicago for an Uncertain Future"

9:30 am – 9:50 am
Coffee Break, Sponsored by Rothoblaas
9:50 am – 11:20 am
Session 2A—Carbon: Counting, Curtailing, and Capturing
Panel Chair

Don Davies

Co-Founder/Principal, Davies-Crooks Associates

Nora Wang Esram

Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

"Buildings for a More Productive And Low-Carbon Economy"

Stanley Yee

Façade Design and Construction Scientist, Dow

"Designing Building Materials for the Full Life Cycle"

Dave Miracle

Director of Sustainability, Nucor Corporation

"Econiq: The Net-Zero Steel Solution"

Freya Burton

Chief Sustainability Officer, LanzaTech

"Capturing Carbon: Fueling the Growth of the Future City"

9:50 am – 11:20 am
Timber Session 2B—Tall Timber: Government, Code, and Supply Side
Session Chair

May So

Partner and Architect, Mithun

Brian Brashaw

Assistant Director - Wood Innovations, USDA Forest Service

"Wood Innovations, Mass Timber and the Connection to Healthy Forests"

Jennifer Cover

President & CEO, WoodWorks

"Interpreting the New IBC Timber Codes in Practice"

Jeff Spiritos

Principal, Spiritos Properties LLC

"Mass Timber + Passive House: A Carbon Correlation"

Hannes Blaas

CEO Rotho Blaas USA Inc, Rothoblaas s.r.l.

"The View from the Supply Side"

11:20 am – 11:40 am
Coffee Break, Sponsored by DCI Engineers
11:40 am – 1:10 pm
Session 3A—Society: Cities, Wellness, and Equity
Panel Chair

Shelley Finnigan

Associate Dean, Master's and Professional Education, Northwestern University

Melissa Burton

Canada Consulting Practice Leader, Principal, Fellow, Arup

"Engineering Resilience: Factoring Climate Change into Critical Design Decisions"

Andre Brumfield

Principal - Global Director of Cities + Urban Design, Gensler

"Turning the Overlapping Challenges of Underserved Communities into Opportunities"

Danielle Tillman

Managing Principal, bKL Architecture

"Elevating Equity: Towards a Tall Building Industry That Looks Like the World It Serves"

Kris Lucius

Principal, Landscape, SmithGroup

"Understanding (and Protecting) Cities as Landscapes"

11:40 am – 1:10 pm
Timber Session 3B—Panel Discussion on the Owner-Developer's Perspective on Mass Timber in the High-Rise Realm
Panel Chair

Susan Jones

Principal Architect, Founder, atelierjones llc

Tim Gokhman

Managing Director, New Land Enterprises

"The Blueprint for Mainstream Mass Timber"

Lisa Podesto

Senior Business Development Manager, Design Build Americas

"Tall Timber: Urbanization Meets Optimization"

Shaina Doar

President and COO - Mass Timber Buildings Factory, Sidewalk Labs

"Building Data-Rich, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Communities in Timber"

Ben Kaiser

Owner and Principal, Kaiser + Path

"Carbon12: Template for Tall Timber"

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch, Sponsored by CREE GmbH
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Timber Session 4B—Tall Timber: Engineering Challenges and Successes
Session Chair

Justin Owen

Director, New Business Development, Walbridge

Ethan Martin

Director of Sustainability and Mass Timber, DCI Engineers

"Tall Mass Timber: Forest to Frame to Re-Use"

Tobias Fast

Senior Associate, Fast + Epp Structural Engineers Inc.

"Beyond Post, Beam and Panel: Mass-Timber Flat Slabs and Exostructures at 2150 Keith Drive"

Jeremiah O'Neill

Principal and Co-Founder, H+O Structural Engineering

"Timber as Internal Surface: Fire, Code, and Other Challenges"

Leif Johnson

Structural Engineering Director, StructureCraft

"Canada Earth Tower: Innovative Prefabricated Hybrid Timber-Steel Balconies for Tall Wood Buildings"

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 4A—The Post-Pandemic Tall Building: The View from the Elevator Industry
Panel Chair

Yonni Hoffman

VP, Market Development, Lerch Bates, Inc.

Steve Gonzalez

Director, KONE Corporation

Niki Saloio

Associate Director - Digital Products, Product Management, Otis Elevator Company

Mike Azzaro

Vice President - Large Project Division, Schindler

Jon Clarine

Head of Digital Services NA, TK Elevator GmbH

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break, Sponsored by CmBuilder.io
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Session 5A—The Future City
Panel Chair

Antony Wood

President, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Rafael Carreira

Executive Vice President, Riverside Investment & Development

"Delivering a Transit-Oriented, Wellness-Focused High-Rise Workplace"

Jaron Lubin

Partner, Safdie Architects

"Seeking the Three-Dimensional Garden City"

Anke Beyer-Lout

Associate Principal, CPP Wind Engineering Consultants

"Breathe Easy: Internal Environments in a Post-Pandemic World"

Scott Duncan

Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

"The Urban Habitat: Online Edition"

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Timber Session 5B—Tall Timber: Design and Logistical Challenges
Session Chair

Megan Zack

Associate Partner and Director of Sustainability, Individuals

Jason Korb

Principal Architect, Korb + Associates Architects

"Exposing Wood Structure and Veneers: When Code Permits It, and When the Market Supports It"

Benton Johnson

Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

"SPLAM (Spatial Laminated Timber) and Other Timber Initiatives"

Chris Johansen

Project Manager, C.D. Smith Construction Inc.

"Ascent: The World's Next Tallest Timber-Concrete Building"

Dave Kwiatkowski

Project Executive, C.D. Smith Construction Inc.

"Ascent: The World's Next Tallest Timber-Concrete Building"

Nikan Samimi

Director of Business Development & Strategy, CadMakers

"The Digital Twin: Born in Timber, Applicable to All Structures"

5:30 pm – 5:40 pm
Closing Remarks
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Networking Reception, Sponsored by Nucor

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Offsite Program 1

INVEST South/West and the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois

During this inspiring offsite program, visit The Hatchery, one of the most socially engaged and innovative incubator spaces in Chicago. The day will focus on work being done to develop commercial corridors in 10 key under-invested Chicago neighborhoods, with presentations from The Hatchery, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s INVEST South/West initiative, and the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program. On-site visits to an INVEST South/West site and an NOF project will bring the concepts discussed to life. The program will run from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Presenters Include:

  • Brad McConnell, CEO, Allies for Community Business
  • Jim Harbin, Deputy Commissioner, Neighborhood Development and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, City of Chicago
  • Gerardo Garcia, Deputy Commissioner, Planning and Design, City of Chicago
  • AJ Patton, Managing Partner and CEO, 548 Capital LLC
  • Alicia Nesbary-Moore, Co-Owner, Herban Produce

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Offsite Program 2

Ascent: The World's Next Tallest Timber-Concrete Building

700 East Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Currently under construction, Ascent in Milwaukee is next in line to become the tallest building to use mass timber as a primary structural element. Take the bus with CTBUH to Wisconsin’s metropolis to explore this landmark project where you can take a closer look at the intersection between natural materials and cutting-edge technology. See for yourself how the glue-laminated timber beams and columns, and cross-laminated timber floors, all come together into an elegant whole. This is an exceptional opportunity to see the details of mass timber construction on a seminal project. The program will run from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm, including bus transportation to Milwaukee and back to Chicago. NOTE: Attendees must wear solid, closed-toed shoes or they will be unable to participate.

8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Offsite Program 3

Modern Design to Address Health & Wellness from the Ground Up

320 S. Canal St. and 10-30 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Illinois

This program will consist of visits to two buildings. A project site tour of 320 S. Canal will cover initial measures designed for the 1.5M square foot office high-rise adjacent to Union Station to improve indoor air quality before and during the COVID pandemic. The tour will cover how the fan room assemblies, tenant terraces and plaza, and the typical core and shell floor plates contributed to project’s WELL-Platinum certification. In addition, re-use and re-invention are essential to sustainable and ethical use of America’s aging urban infrastructure. By visiting the CME Center Lobby Repositioning Project at 10-30 S. Wacker, participants will see the repositioning of an aged lobby typology into a flexible, adaptable, and vibrant open urban living room. Completed in 1987, the CME Center occupies a full city block including two 45-story office towers connected by an 11-story podium. The lobby repositioning has enabled 95 percent occupancy despite the pandemic market condition. The program will run from 8:45 am – 12:00 pm. with a short six-block walk between the two buildings.

Presenters Include:

  • Erik Harris, Associate Principal, Goettsch Partners
  • Yugene Cha, Partner, Krueck Sexton Partners
  • Luke Haas, Associate Principal, Krueck Sexton Partners

NOTE: Attendees must wear solid, closed-toed shoes or they will be unable to participate.


Early Bird Rate
(Payment on or before 8 October)
Regular Rate
(Payment after 8 October)
Full Day Program
Includes: One full day of education, breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea breaks
Networking Reception
Network with your peers after the core education session
Off-site Program
Join your peers for an additional educational experience

Please note that the above rates are based on pricing for CTBUH Platinum Members. Price will vary depending on your membership level. Non-member rates are approximately 25% higher than listed above.

+ Read the general payment and cancellation notes

Payments: Registration payments are required to be paid in US Dollars (USD), at the rates portrayed, irrespective of daily exchange rate fluctuations. Registrations are not confirmed until payment is received. If a payment is not received within 24 hours of registration, then the registration may be canceled.

Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund, minus a $75 administrative cancellation fee (per delegate) will be given if written notice of cancellation is received by 8 October 2021. No refund will be given for cancellation after 8 October 2021 due to costs incurred by CTBUH for each delegate at that time. No refunds will be given for those who register at an incorrect rate. No refunds will be given for those who do not attend the conference. If you cannot attend the conference we are happy to accept a substitute colleague without penalty up to 13 October 2021. No substitutions are allowed after 13 October 2021. All refunds will be handled after the conference.

Reimbursement Policy: If a delegate wishes to remain registered but change their selections and this is possible within the terms of the Cancellation Policy above, then a US US$30 administration and bank fee (per delegate) will be charged on any reimbursement refund.

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Email the CTBUH Events team for more information: [email protected]

Additional Notes:
+Program details are subject to change.

Attendees’ health and safety is of paramount concern to CTBUH. Local events will implement health and safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the conference, and in accordance with local guidelines. Compliance with some or all of the protocols adopted by CTBUH may be mandatory for attendance at in-person events. Additional health and safety measures, and any necessary consents by you, will be communicated to attendees in advance of the event.