Adrian Smith (architect)

Adrian D. Smith
Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944
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 Jeddah Tower
Azerbaijan Tower

Adrian D. Smith (born August 19, 1944) is an American architect who has designed many buildings, including the world’s tallest structure, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, as well as the building projected to surpass it, Jeddah Tower, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 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.


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]


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.


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

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.


Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
Building Year City Country Firm
Waldorf Astoria Beijing2014BeijingChinaAS+GG
FKI Tower2013SeoulKoreaAS+GG
Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan2011ChicagoUnited StatesAS+GG
Pearl River Tower2011GuangzhouChinaSOM
Burj Khalifa2010DubaiUnited Arab EmiratesSOM
Zifeng Tower2010NanjingChinaSOM
Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)2009ChicagoUnited StatesSOM
Broadgate Tower2009LondonUnited KingdomSOM
Chemsunny Plaza2008BeijingChinaSOM
Jubilee Park Pavilion2004LondonUnited KingdomSOM
Tower Palace III2004SeoulKoreaSOM
Canary Wharf, International banking headquarters buildings: HQ1, DS1, DS3, DS4; FC219912004LondonUnited KingdomSOM
601 Congress Street, Manulife Financial2003BostonUnited StatesSOM
General Motors Renaissance Center2003DetroitUnited StatesSOM
Millennium Park and Millennium Park Master Plan2002ChicagoUnited StatesSOM
BankBoston Headquarters2000Sao PauloBrazilSOM
Washington University Arts and Sciences Building2000St. LouisUnited StatesSOM
Jin Mao Tower1998ShanghaiChinaSOM
Washington University Psychology Building1996St. LouisUnited StatesSOM
Aramco Headquarters Office Building1993DhahranSaudi ArabiaSOM
10 Ludgate Place1992LondonUnited KingdomSOM
USG Building (currently AT&T Corporate Center)1991ChicagoUnited StatesSOM
NBC Tower1989ChicagoUnited StatesSOM
Rowes Wharf1988BostonUnited StatesSOM
Olympia Centre1986ChicagoUnited StatesSOM
United Gulf Bank Building1986ManamaBahrainSOM
Banco de Occidente1980Guatemala CityGuatemalaSOM

Currently under construction

Project Type City Country Status Completion Date Firm
Expo 2017CulturalAstanaKazakhstanConstruction2017AS+GG
Wuhan Greenland CenterMegatallWuhanChinaConstruction2017AS+GG
Chengdu Greenland TowerSupertallChengduChinaConstruction2018AS+GG
Jeddah TowerMegatallJeddahSaudi ArabiaConstruction2020AS+GG

Significant unbuilt projects

Building City Country Firm
Masdar HeadquartersAbu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesAS+GG
1 DubaiDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesAS+GG
7 South DearbornChicagoUnited StatesSOM
King Abdullah CityKing Abdullah City Saudi ArabiaSOM
Mitsui Headquarters CompetitionTokyoJapanSOM
Samsung TogokSeoulKoreaSOM
Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications BuildingXiamenChinaSOM

See also

External links

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  1. Texas A&M
  2. Texas A&M
  3. "Adrian Smith biography at".
  4. "CTBUH 10th Annual Awards, 2011". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  5. Design Futures Council Senior Fellows[]
  6. 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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