Adrian Smith (architect)
|Adrian D. Smith|
August 19, 1944|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|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 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. 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.
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. 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. in May 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Texas A&M University.
The following is an abridged list of work Smith was primarily responsible for as a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: or as Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
|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|
|BankBoston Headquarters||2000||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|
|Aramco Headquarters Office Building||1993||Dhahran||Saudi Arabia||SOM|
|10 Ludgate Place||1992||London||United Kingdom||SOM|
|USG Building (currently AT&T Corporate 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||Megatall||Wuhan||China||Construction||2017||AS+GG|
|Chengdu Greenland Tower||Supertall||Chengdu||China||Construction||2018||AS+GG|
|Jeddah Tower||Megatall||Jeddah||Saudi Arabia||Construction||2020||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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Adrian Smith.|
- 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
- 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
- Texas A&M http://archone.tamu.edu/college/news/newsletters/fall2010/stories/Smith_Burj.html/
- Texas A&M http://one.arch.tamu.edu/news/2013/2/11/smith-honorary-doctorate/
- "Adrian Smith biography at smithgill.com".
- "CTBUH 10th Annual Awards, 2011". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- Design Futures Council Senior Fellows http://www.di.net/about/senior_fellows/
- Smith, Adrian (2007). The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future. Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-86470-169-2.