Designers of Jin Mao Tower and Pearl River Tower Form New Architecture Firm

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
2006-11-30 13:24 1394

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Adrian Smith, FAIA, RIBA, and

Gordon Gill, AIA announce the formation of their new design practice Adrian

Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The firm will focus on the design of high

performance and sustainable architecture on an international scale, intending

to be a leader in the development of new strategies for environmentally

conscious buildings.

Smith, a former Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and

Gill, a former Associate Partner at SOM, have extensive international

experience in the creation of mixed-use projects and supertall towers. Their

recent collaboration while at SOM, a zero energy tower in Guangzhou, China,

demonstrates the designers’ commitment to sustainability. The project aims

to be the world’s first supertall tower that produces as much energy as it

consumes. It is currently featured in the exhibitions "Sustainable

Architecture in Chicago" and "Massive Change" both at the Museum of

Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Smith and Gill emphasize that while the firm is dedicated to design

quality and energy efficiency, they are not committed to a single aesthetic.

Smith and Gill said, "Our philosophy is based on a holistic approach to

design that integrates all disciplines. Because the process is predicated on

creating high-performance designs, it always results in a unique

architectural expression."

Combined, Smith and Gill have over 50 years of design experience. While

at SOM, Smith designed such projects as Burj Dubai, slated to be the world’s

tallest tower; Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai; McGraw Hill, Bank of America,

Morgan Stanley European Headquarters and 201 Broadgate Tower in London; Rowes

Wharf in Boston; United Gulf Bank in Manama; ATT/USG Headquarters, the

Millennium Park Master Plan and Trump Tower Chicago, all in Chicago; and 601

Congress Street in Boston, the first all-double wall LEED(R) certified

building in the country. Projects under his direction have won 90 awards for

design excellence.

In addition to 10 years of experience at SOM, Gill has previously worked

for design firms in Orlando, Detroit and Toronto. As a senior designer at

SOM, his work included Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou; Nanjing Greenland

Tower; Samsumg Togok Tower in Seoul; the Jesse Brown Medical Center in

Chicago; and the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the recipient of an AIA

Chicago Distinguished Building Award.

Source: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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