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Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
2019 CCHRB Seminar
Thursday, June 13, 2019 
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Future of the Chicago Skyline: Current Developments in our City
Harris Bank Auditorium
3rd Floor, Harris Bank Building
115 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois
About the Seminar:
The inspiration for this seminar originated from an article published online last August called “Chicago in 2023” which focused on six towers proposed to grace the skyline in the next 5 years. Some of these projects are well under construction, while others are in the early design stages and have yet to receive planning approval. We will focus on two of these projects at the seminar: One Chicago Place and The Vista tower.

As these tall towers are being built, several large urban design projects are slated for former industrial sites or neglected land, all within short proximity to the City’s center offering a connection to its urban fabric. Many of these developments are under construction such as The Lakeshore East development, while others are in the early planning stages: Lincoln Yards and One Central Station, to name a few. We will highlight two of these urban development projects at the seminar: The 78 being developed by Related Midwest and Southbank, being developed by Lend Lease.  

There are many factors which go into the realization of these large projects, including economic, political, community and civic engagement, population growth demand and timing to make them a reality. 

The case studies will discuss the following objectives and demonstrate how they helped shaped each project:

  • What are the visions and aspirations of the owners, developers and designers that shape these large-scale projects in terms of height and density and how are they manifested in the massing and designs of the built forms? 

  • How are these projects incorporating sustainable principles and strategies towards making Chicago, a City for the 21st century and beyond? What are the specific environmental and sustainable goals of the projects and developers for their projects and users?

  • How are large urban developments factoring in existing and new City infrastructure such as transportation and streets, the river, and public amenities to connect the new projects back to the city? Many of these former industrial and neglected/under-used sites were cut off from their neighboring communities and are now being re-incorporated into the city and the Chicago river.

  • How do developers and designers work out the appropriate mix of uses/program for a site, or building, to attain an economically successful project? What standards do developers use to balance the need for amenities and sales?

Who Should Attend:  
Architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, developers, building owners, property managers, those involved in the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings of all types and heights, but especially high rises​

The seminar is sponsored by the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings.  Proceeds from the seminar will support our annual CCHRB student Scholarship

Registration Fee (Includes continental breakfast and coffee break​)*:
  •   $150.00 Members of CCHRB or of a co-sponsoring organization
  •   $175.00 Non-members
  •   $50.00 Students [Student identification will be required at check-in]

* Must have government issued ID to enter the building​

Large Firm Discounts of 5 tickets for the price of 4 are available. To receive the discount, you must submit the Mail-in Registration Form (WordPDF).  You may register online or or via regular mail.

Online Registration: Please click the CCHRB STORE option at the top of this page to register online. If you are signing up for someone else, please be sure to include the registrant's name and affiliation in the comment area. Please be sure to select the correct registration fee option.  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED NOW.  PLEASE REGISTER ON SITE (PAYMENTS IN THE FORM OF CHECKS ONLY).

Mail-in registrations (WordPDF) - - individual or large firm discount registrations - - as well as payments (checks only please) must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019 and mailed to the following address:

Jeff Harper, P.E., CCHRB Treasurer
c/o Jensen Hughes 
600 W. Fulton St. Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60661

  • AIA: Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • CTBUH: Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • UL: Underwriters Laboratory Fire Council
  • BOMA Chicago: Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago

Continuing Education Credit:​
Four hours of LU continuing education credits are available for members of AIA. A certificate for 4 hours of continuing education will be provided upon request for others. A handout will be available with reporting directions, or information and will be found on the CCHRB Website

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Seminar Schedule:
7:15 AM:     Commence Registration – Continental Breakfast Provided

8:00 AM:     Welcome – Michael Wysockey, CCHRB Chair
                   Doug King, CCHRB Seminar Task Force Chair

8:05 AM:    Opening Speaker - “The Future of the Chicago Skyline- Current Developments in our City” 
                   by Richard Wilson, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

8:25 AM:    Presentation 1: “The 78”– An Urban design case study presented by Thomas Hussey, 
                  SOM and Michael Pfeffer, Related Midwest.

9:10 AM:    Presentation 2: “Union Station commercial development/One Chicago Square"
                   Architectural Case studies of Commercial and residential towers by Joachim Schuessler,
                  Goettsch Partners and Doug Metzger, JDL Developments (One Chicago Square).

9:55 AM:    Coffee Break

10:15 AM:  Remarks: “Chicago Building Code Modernization” by Commissioner Judy Frydland, 
                  Chicago Building Department.

10:30 AM:  Presentation 3: “Southbank- a new community along the Chicago River” by Tom Weeks 
                  and Linda Kozloski, Lend Lease and Greg Tamborino, Perkins+Will

11:15 AM:  Presentation 4- “Vista Tower” Presented by Thorsten Johann, Studio Gang and Charlie 
                  Hasbrouck, bKL Architects

12:15 PM:  Round Table Discussion and Q+A Moderated by Doug King

12:45 PM: Conclusion

​Opening Remarks: The Future of the Chicago Skyline- Current Developments in our City
Mr. Richard Wilson, AIA, AICP, Director of Urban Design, Adrian Smith Gordon

Richard Wilson is an architect and city planner who leads the City Design Practice of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. His work focuses on large scale urban development and redevelopment in historic and emergent cities worldwide.

In Chicago, Richard served as the urban design principal for the Central Area Action Plan, the Chicago River Main Branch Framework and Mayor Emanuel’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Framework for the North Branch. Currently, he is leading site design of Pullman National Monument and two design advocacy initiatives for riverfront parkland in Chicago.
Richard serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Chicago River, and the National Parks Conservation Association; and, is President Elect of the Chicago chapter of the land economics association Lambda Alpha International.

​Illustration courtesy of Remie Geoffroi, originally commissioned for Chicago Magazine:

Presentation #1: THE 78: A New Mixed- Use Neighborhood in Chicago

  • Mr. Thomas Hussey, Director, Urban Design Practice, SOM LLP
  • Mr. Michael Pfeffer, Vice President of Architecture and Design, Related Midwest

The 78 is Chicago’s next great neighborhood. Spanning 62 acres of current brownfield space immediately south of downtown, this massive extension of the Loop establishes a dynamic new residential, commercial, academic, civic, cultural, and recreational mixed-use neighborhood for all Chicagoans. Located at the convergence of many of Chicago’s most vibrant, diverse communities—the South Loop, Chinatown, Pilsen, Little Italy, and Bronzeville, to name a few—The 78 is imbued with Chicago’s culture and history, blending seamlessly with the neighborhoods it borders.

A new Riverwalk incorporates seven acres of public parkland and five acres of unimpeded space along the south branch of the Chicago River. It will activate one of the city’s greatest natural assets by providing unparalleled riverfront access, year-round recreation opportunities, and an abundance of cultural and hospitality amenities for visitors and residents alike.

The 78 is a transit-oriented development that extends Chicago's central business district. Highly accessible from streets and waterways, the development features new water taxi stops, new bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly streets, and proximity to local and regional rail lines, including a proposed Chicago Transit Authority Red Line stop that would establish new connections to the city and both O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

Thomas Hussey, AIA, a Director in SOM’s Urban Design and Planning Studio, is an accomplished architect and urban designer focused on the design of cities, districts, and large, complex architectural projects. Leading multi-disciplinary design teams, Hussey creatively addresses challenges and opportunities emerging from established and developing cities worldwide. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Hussey brings together the design skills and ambitions of both disciplines to develop holistic plans for urban centers and communities. He directs high-visibility, forward-facing projects that strategically define important places, positioning them for enduring growth and prosperity. With an award-winning portfolio of projects ranging from Beijing to Panama City, Hussey delivers innovative solutions to unique challenges facing our cities and collective issues facing our planet.

Mike Pfeffer, AIA, joined Related Midwest in 2016 as Vice President of Architecture and Design after 15 years at the Chicago office of SOM, where he served as Managing Director overseeing many projects throughout Asia and Chicago. At Related Midwest his primary responsibility is to serve as the design development lead for the “78” and “400 LSD” (formerly the Spire site). He is a 2014 national AIA Young Architect Award winner and a 2016 Crain’s 40 under 40 recipient. He has also served over five years on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Chicago and on the AIA Chicago Board of Directors.

Presentation #2: One Chicago Square and Union Station Tower: Goettsch Partners

  • Mr. Joachim Schuessler, Principal, Goettsch Partners
  • Mr. Doug Metzger is the Executive Vice-President of Construction at JDL Development

One Chicago Square, located on a full-block site across from Holy Name Cathedral, is a mixed-use development featuring two residential towers rising 78 and 49 stories, along with a shared podium. The project includes 795 apartments and 75 condominiums, a Whole Foods grocery store, a Life Time fitness center, and 865 parking spaces, in addition to 225 stalls reserved for Holy Name parishioners. The project is being designed by Goettsch Partners and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for JDL Development. Construction has already started, with completion scheduled for late 2022.

As part of the larger redevelopment of Chicago Union Station and additional adjacent real estate owned by Amtrak, the Union Station Tower project, developed by Riverside Investment & Development with Convexity Properties, adds a new landmark office tower and major public space to the city. Located directly south of the 1925 Union Station headhouse building, the 2.2-acre full-block site is positioned in a rapidly changing area of the West Loop, with close connections to transit and the major expressways. The program consists of 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space and associated amenities, including three levels of parking. The majority of the site—approximately 1.5 acres—is set aside as a public park.

Joachim Schuessler is a principal and senior project designer at Goettsch Partners, either leading or collaborating in the conceptual design efforts for projects and continuing to articulate and evolve designs through all phases. He has worked on a range of office, hotel, mixed-use, institutional and government projects, and he is particularly experienced with international assignments. His select recent work includes 150 North Riverside, a core-supported, 54-story office tower in downtown Chicago; Mennica Legacy Tower, a two-building office complex in Warsaw, Poland; the 866-key Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences in Saudi Arabia; One Chicago Square, a 78-story, full-block residential development in Chicago; and a five-building mixed-use complex in Shenzhen, China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Leipzig University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and he received his Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Doug Metzger is the Executive Vice-President of Construction at JDL Development. JDL was established in 1993, and has since gained recognition as one of Chicago’s premier developers.
Over the past 20 years, JDL has focused on developing luxury high-rise apartments and condominiums, urban retail and mixed-use singlefamily homes, townhomes and student housing. As JDL’s project size and scope has grown, so too has its experience of creating successful partnerships with leading institutional capital providers both in the U.S. and abroad. To date, JDL has developed more than 1,200 residential units with another 1,500 currently preparing to be in construction.

Mr. Metzger is a graduate of the University of Illinois and lives in Lincoln Park with his
wife and two young children.

Late Morning Presentation: The Modernization of the Chicago Building Code: How the City will move forward towards creating a City for the future

  • Commissioner Ms. Judy Frydand, Chicago Department of Buildings

Judy Frydland serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings for the City of Chicago.
The Department of Buildings is a 285‐person department with an annual budget of $37 million. The DOB enhances safety and quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through permitting, inspections, trade licensing, and enforcement of the Chicago Building Code.
Since Commissioner Frydland’s appointment in 2015, the Department has implemented several reforms that have streamlined the permit process for all building projects, from single-family home renovations to large-scale developments, making it quicker and more efficient to obtain a permit than ever before. In 2017, the Buildings Department issued a record 48,408 permits. Under her leadership, the Department is modernizing City code to align with national and international standards. In fall 2017, Chicago became one of the first major cities to align with the National Electrical Code. The updated code improves safety requirements, advances sustainability, brings additional energy efficiency to Chicago’s booming building industry and can lower costs on electric bills for residents and businesses. 
Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Ms. Frydland spent 25 years in the Chicago Law Department working with various city departments, community groups and other stakeholders on the enforcement of building code, municipal health and business license regulations. In her role as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Building and Licensing Enforcement, Ms. Frydland enforced the city’s vacant building ordinance and implemented strategies aimed to preserve the city’s housing stock, closed down and revoked licenses for problem businesses engaging in criminal activity, actively preserved occupied residential buildings through circuit court litigation and city programs, aggressively prosecuted illegal signs and dangerous and hazardous rooftop water tanks, as well as enforced the Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) requirements for pre-1975 high-rise buildings.
Commissioner Frydland is the recipient of the 2018 “Labor Person of the Year” award from IBEW Local 134 and the 2018 “Building Industry Woman of the Year in Construction” award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.
Ms. Frydland graduated from I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990 and is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Frydland earned her law degree while working as a social worker and assistant administrator in a nursing home. Ms. Frydland also has a Master’s Degree in Community Health Care Planning and Administration.

Presentation #3: Southbank: A New Urban Neighborhood along the Chicago River 

  • Mr. Thomas Weeks
  • Executive General Manager, Development Lendlease
  • Ms. Linda Kozloski, AIA, LEED AP, Creative Design Director- Development, Urban Regeneration, Lendlease
  • Mr. Greg Tamborino, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect, Perkins+ Will

Developed and constructed by Lendlease, Southbank is a new neighborhood ideally located on the bank of the Chicago River and situated in the heart of Chicago’s booming South Loop. The site is 15 acres and is slated to have 5, 000,000 GSF of programmed area upon completion.The landscape design is fully integrated into the sustainability concepts of the development.

The Southbank neighborhood is zoned to offer as many as 2,700 units across five high rises surrounding a two-acre public park. Southbank Park will include open green space with recreational amenities and a continuous Riverwalk from Harrison Street to Polk Street along the South Branch of the Chicago River. A new water taxi stop at the south end of the property will connect the area with Chinatown and The Loop. Southbank Market will feature local retailers such as coffee roasters, local restaurants and temporary pop-up retail creating a vibrant experience for residents and guests. The neighborhood is within walking distance from The Loop, lakefront and several CTA stops, offering easy access to the city’s parks, trails and museums.

Thomas Weeks, Executive General Manager, Development, within the Americas region, is responsible for growing the development business in the Chicago market, pursuing and identifying urban regeneration projects and supporting Lendlease’s development efforts nationally.

Mr. Weeks’ 25+ years of senior managerial experience in the development business includes executive roles for Related Midwest and Clayco. In his prior roles, he had responsibility for development projects with market values in excess of $3 billion.

He serves on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation (Vice President of the Board of Directors), CMHDC Development Services (President of the Board of Directors), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Chicago Advisory Board Member), Metropolitan Planning Council (Executive Advisors Member) and Chicago Architecture Biennial (Board Member). Mr. Weeks has also served on the board of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights (Board Member) and The Trust for Public Land (Chicago Advisory Board Member).

Mr. Weeks received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Chicago Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Amherst College; his professional affiliations have included Friends of the Parks, University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee and Dr. Bombay, a non-profit fundraising band. 

Linda Kozloski, Creative Design Director – Development, for the Urban Regeneration Business in the Americas region, is responsible for managing the design process for development projects in the Chicago market and supporting Lendlease’s development efforts nationally.  

Ms. Kozloski’s nearly 25 years of architectural and project management experience in the development business includes various roles for Related Midwest. Her architectural design experience included an Associate Principal role at GREC Architects and Senior Associate and Director of Interiors at DeStefano + Partners. Most recently, as a Senior Project Manager with CBRE, she held the role of Subject Matter Expert for Hospitality Project Management projects in Chicago and across Canada.

Ms. Kozloski received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Pennsylvania State University; her professional affiliations have included the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Greg Tamborino, AIA, LEED AP, joined Perkins+Will in 2005 and has over 20 years of professional experience in a wide range of project types including highrise mixed-use and residential developments, corporate/commercial/civic, healthcare, K-12, and higher education. He is skilled in maintaining continuity on demanding projects from concept design through construction. 
Greg received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Presentation #4: The Vista: Chicago’s newest Tall Building on the skyline

  • Mr. Thorsten Johann, Design Principal, Studio Gang
  • Mr. Charles Hasbrouck, FAIA, Director, bKL

Defining a new edge of the city, Vista Tower knits the downtown Lakeshore East Community to its surroundings with urban connections and enhanced public access to the Chicago River.

Residential and hotel amenities combine at the upper levels, creating a vibrant social center. At the ground level, the building creates an essential pedestrian connection between the Chicago Riverwalk and the nearby community park’s outdoor recreational facilities.

Looking up from the river and park, the tower presents itself as three interconnected volumes of differing heights. Moving rhythmically in and out of plane, the overall flowing appearance of the building is the result of an alternating geometry between these three volumes. The building’s dimensions have the added benefit of accentuating corner views and allocating green space at various heights.

​Thorsten Johann is a Design Principal in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, where he leads design teams for large-scale, mixed-use residential projects. Driven by research, ethnographic studies, and real-time data, Tosh is experienced in designing and leading teams with a wide range of disciplines. He has contributed to many projects since joining Studio Gang in 2003, including Aqua Tower, City Hyde Park, and Vista Tower. Originally from Munich, Germany, Tosh earned his Master of Architecture from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, and Industrielle Handelskammer Regensburg

Charles Hasbrouck’s 35+ years of experience have encompassed every aspect of architectural services, from initial proposals through construction administration. His portfolio includes a wide variety of project types, ranging from new large-scale mixed-use buildings and master plans for new cities, to the adaptive reuse and historic preservation of existing buildings. His quiet confidence, deep experience and business acumen allow him to manage and lead complex architectural projects around the world, as well as in the United States. He takes a collaborative approach to architecture and is known for his ability to understand and address different aspects of the development and construction process, while delivering buildings that embody architectural excellence.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has served on the Boards of Directors of organizations such as the Glessner House Museum, the Cliff Dwellers, the Friends of Downtown, and the Chicago Architectural Club. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Illinois.

Round Table - - Moderator; Mr. Doug King, Stantec

Douglas King AIA, CSI, NCARB, ACHA is a practitioner, educator and researcher, presenting extensively on healthcare issues. As Stantec’s technical director and principal on several of the largest healthcare projects in the US, Doug built a reputation for his specific knowledge of the unique challenges presented by urban healthcare design. He’s an elected member of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings focusing on hospitals in the urban habitat. As a thought leader in this area, Doug authored the CTBUH article "Challenges and Opportunities in Vertical Healthcare Design in the Spring of 2016.” Most recently, in his capacity as a researcher - has leveraged his research on population health by presenting extensively on the subject and now exploring its urban design connection in the creation of Healthy Cities.


  • Mr. Richard Wilson, Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill
  • Mr Thomas Hussey, SOM LLP
  • Mr. Michael Pfeffer, Related Midwest
  • Mr. Joachim Schluesser, Goettsch Partners
  • Mr. Doug Metzger, JDL Dvelopment
  • Mr. Thomas Weeks, Lendlease
  • Ms. Linda Kozloski, Lendlease
  • Mr. Greg Tamborino, Perkins + Will
  • Mr. Thorsten Johann, Studio Gang
  • Mr. Charles Hasbrouck, bKL Architecture

About CCHRB / CCHRB Scholarship Fund:
The Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB) is a not-for-profit organization founded to investigate problems or enhancements; support research and disseminate information for economic design; construction; operation and rehabilitation of high rise buildings. Its members are experienced and skilled in the design, construction and operation of high rise buildings. CCHRB was formally established in 1969, reportedly making it the first organization in the world established to specifically advance knowledge of high rise buildings.

Proceeds from this annual Half-Day Seminar help fund the Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings (CCHRB) Scholarship program. This $5000 yearly scholarship supports Graduate students and highly qualified senior and junior-level undergraduates at any college or university with an alumnus who serves as a member of the CCHRB, provided the student’s area of study is directly related to some aspect of the design, construction, operation and/or rehabilitation of high-rise buildings. Applicants must submit an essay or proposal and demonstrate academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings