CCHRB Events / Programs
Thomas Kinzl, Studio Head, LEED AP BD + C, NCARB
Chicago, Illinois
Regular CCHRB Meetings:
CCHRB meets regularly at the  Petterino's Restaurant at 150 North Dearborn Street (corner of Dearborn and Randolph).  CCHRB meetings are open to its members and their previously registered guests only.

Date: Thursday January 11, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM 
          (Reception begins at 5:15 PM)

Presentation Title: 
Building Science & Technology – Innovation & Digital Design: The Next Generation of Facades for Supertall Buildings

​Thomas Kinzl, Studio Head, LEED AP BD + C, NCARB
SOM, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation Abstract: 
The presentation makes the case for an integrated design and inside-out design approach, and discusses the role the façade has in this kind of approach in the present and future. A focus of the presentation is on the opportunities provided by digital design tools, parametric design, as well as innovative, high-performing curtain wall systems to increase the feasibility of building façades on time and within budget. The warped building envelope of a SOM-designed 530-meter-tall tower currently under construction, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre in Tianjin, P.R. China, will serve as a case study.

Presenter's Bio:  
Thomas Kinzl, Thomas Kinzl is an architect and Studio Head at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). Licensed in Illinois in 2008, Kinzl leads a studio of over 25 licensed architects and designers on both domestic and international projects. Focused on technical, integrated, and high-performance design, Kinzl has over 15 years of experience with SOM and Murphy/Jahn and has won multiple awards, including honors in the AIA National and Chicago chapters, as well as Research & Development and Architecture-Engineering Awards.

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Architect: Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill 
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