CTBUH 2018 Conference
Day 1: Saturday 20 October 2018 - Dubai Day 2: Sunday 21 October 2018 - Dubai Day 3: Monday 22 October 2018 - Dubai Day 4: Tuesday 23 October 2018 - Dubai Off-Site Programs Day 5 & 6: Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Thursday 25 October 2018 - Abu Dhabi

Day 1: Saturday 20 October 2018 - Dubai

On the morning of Day 1 of the Core Conference, Saturday, 20 October, half-day workshops took place in Dubai on important industry subjects. The purpose of these workshops was to:

  1. Present on topics related to the workshop theme
  2. Establish the most salient issues, challenges, and trends
  3. Possibly create or expand a CTBUH Working Group on the subject
  4. Possibly work towards the production of a CTBUH Technical Guide


08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Julien Grange, Quantity Surveyor
Cameron Hateley, Construction Engineering Manager, Central Region
Robert Bird Group
Molly Dee, Senior Project Engineer - Commissioning
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Chengwei Bian, Project Director
China State Construction Overseas Development Co., Ltd.
Mario Goncalves, Principal, Global Business Leader - Building Science
Underwriters Laboratories
Peter Inglis, Director
Access Advisors
Sponsored by:
Hosted at The Address Boulevard, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Boulevard Ballroom 2
Shamim Rashid-Sumar, Vice President - Development, Middle East
Jensen Hughes
Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Simon Lay, Director
OFR Consultants Limited
Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Priyan Mendis, Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of ARC Centre for Prefab Housing
University of Melbourne
Peter DiMaggio, Managing Director
Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Conference Center - Abu Dhabi
Yahya Jan, President, Design Director
NORR Group Consultants International Limited
Steve Woodland, Principal Director
Cox Architecture
Lawrence Malcic, Senior Vice President, Director of Design
HOK, Inc.
Ricardo Baptista, Design Director
AKT II Limited
Elena Generalova, PhD Architecture, Professor, Department of Residential and Civic Architecture
Samara State Technical University
Murali Guruvappan, Director
WME Consultants
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Shangril-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd Near Financial Metro Station, Dubai, 9th Floor, Al Bader Ballroom
Steve White, Technical Director DWV
Rod Green, Engineer
The Environment Group
Colin Thoms, CEO
Fast Flow
Dusan Mrdalj, Associate Director
Mathew Burke, Associate Director
ADP Consulting
Christopher Colasanti, Associate Partner
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, Dubai, Hamburg 1 and 2
Tim Gudmand-Høyer, Senior Chief Specialist
De Ming (Derry) Yu, Assistant Project Director - Construction
Suncity Group Holdings
Richard Lee, Technical Manager
Ian Whitby, Partner
Foster + Partners
Robert Schmitz, Partner, Lead Architect; partner,
Benjamin Piper, Principal, Design Partner
Killa Design
Sponsored by:
Hosted at JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, Al Safa Meeting Room 1 and 2
Lan Wang, Architectural Design Director
Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
James Parakh, Manager of Urban Design
City of Toronto Planning Department
Fatin Anlar, Senior Project Manager
Henning Larsen Architects
Issam Ezzeddine, Architecture Design Director
National Engineering Bureau
Ping Jiang, Founding Principal
EID Architecture
Alan Cronin, Head of Vertical Transportation
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, Level 112
David Benjamin, Director
Daniel Ayars, Principal
Dale Sinclair, Director
Robert Godbold, Associate
Fikre Haj Husein, Structural Engineer
WSP UK Limited
Mark Thompson, Senior Director
United Technologies Corporation
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Opposite Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,
Palm 6
Christian Meinhardt, Director
GERB Vibration Control Systems
Derek Skolnik, Senior Project Manager
Felix Weber, R&D Engineer
Stephen DeSimone, President, CEO
DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Roy Denoon, Vice President
CPP Wind Engineering and Air Quality Consultants
Luca Frattari, Global Director AEC
Altair Engineering
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Media One Tower, 39th Floor, Arup Office
Paul Campbell, Technical Director
Jue Zhang, Associate
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mario Lafontaine, Director of New Technologies
Rene Lagos Engineers
Shilpa Thilakarathna, Design Office Manager
Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd
Yusuf Zahit Gündogdu, President
Miyamoto International
Matthias Roik, Research & Development
Sponsored by:
Hosted at JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai
Yongqiang Chao, Director of Lighting Design
Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.
Michael Palmer, Managing Principal
Perkins & Will
Ruth Shilston, Senior Engineer, Project Manager
Richard Witt, Executive Principal
BDP Quadrangle
Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic, Principal, Design Director
Kevin Frary, Associate Principal
Fisher Marantz Stone
Sponsored by:
Hosted at Dubai Healthcare City, Arcadis Consulting Middle East, 5th Floor, Arcadis Conference Room
Ross Wimer, Senior Vice President
Yue Zhu, Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Jie Zhang, Director, Partner
EFC Engineering Consulting Company, Ltd
Carlos Santamaria, Principal
Shaun Killa, Design Partner
Killa Design
Kenneth Turner, Design Principal
DLR Group
Sponsored by:
Hosted at VOX Cinema (Deira City Center), Level 2, VOX GOLD by Rhodes
Yibo Xu, China Partner
Stefano Boeri Architetti
Luke Leung, Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Rodrigo Carazo, President - Design Director
Carazo Architecture
Matthé van Baalen, Global Leader Performance Driven Engineering
Arcadis UK
Nirodha Gunadasa, Chairman
Christoph Gruenaug, Associate
Sponsored by:
Hosted at U-Bora Tower, Business Bay, 1st Floor Conference Room

Day 1: Saturday 20 October 2018 - Dubai Day 2: Sunday 21 October 2018 - Dubai Day 3: Monday 22 October 2018 - Dubai Day 4: Tuesday 23 October 2018 - Dubai Off-Site Programs Day 5 & 6: Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Thursday 25 October 2018 - Abu Dhabi