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About Cathy Yang

Cathy Yang is currently the head of the commercial company of Shanghai Tower. Before joining Shanghai Tower, she had been in charge of TAIPEI 101’s operation for 15 years. She also took TAIPEI 101 on the journey to become the tallest LEED EB Platinum green building in 2011 and started the re-certification process in 2014. She also initiated the issuance of annual Corporate Sustainability Report for TAIPEI 101. In addition to the regular operation of a commercial building, every year she lead the team to launch several annual events that contributed in the promotion of the city of Taipei, including the famous New Year’s Eve countdown fireworks display.

Before TAIPEI 101, she worked for an international property consulting firm in Taipei, Tianjin and Beijing for 8 years where she had extensive experience in various aspects of real estate services and had set up the Beijing operation for the…


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About Cathy Yang

Cathy Yang is currently the head of the commercial company of Shanghai Tower. Before joining Shanghai Tower, she had been in charge of TAIPEI 101’s operation for 15 years. She also took TAIPEI 101 on the journey to become the tallest LEED EB Platinum green building in 2011 and started the re-certification process in 2014. She also initiated the issuance of annual Corporate Sustainability Report for TAIPEI 101. In addition to the regular operation of a commercial building, every year she lead the team to launch several annual events that contributed in the promotion of the city of Taipei, including the famous New Year’s Eve countdown fireworks display.

Before TAIPEI 101, she worked for an international property consulting firm in Taipei, Tianjin and Beijing for 8 years where she had extensive experience in various aspects of real estate services and had set up the Beijing operation for the firm. Cathy Yang has a bachelor degree in Economics from National Taiwan University in Taipei and a Master degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

Cathy has been involved with CTBUH since TAIPEI 101’s completion as the world’s tallest building at the end of 2004. She spoke at several CTBUH conferences sharing her experiences on leasing and managing a supertall building and on the greening efforts of the former tallest building. She was the CTBUH country representative and was on the board of Trustees from 2013 to 2015.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Expert Peer Review Committee (2014 – Present)
  • CTBUH Fellow (2016)
  • Past Roles:
  • Board of Trustees, Trustee (2013 – 2015)
  • Country Representative, Taiwan (2010 – 2015)
  • Conference, Keynote Speaker (Shanghai 2012)
  • Conference, Speaker (Shanghai 2014)

Initiatives Involving Cathy Yang

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide”

4 Nov 2016, CTBUH News – The CTBUH Awards Jury named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai as the “2016 Best Tall…

Board of Trustees Names Lifetime Award Winners and 2016 Fellows

14 Jul 2016, Awards Event – CTBUH has named its 2016 Fellows and two Lifetime Achievement Award…

Trustees Meeting Heralds Bright Future For CTBUH

9 Mar 2015, Event Report – The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2014…

Initiatives Involving Cathy Yang

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide”
4 Nov 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Awards Jury named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai as the “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
Board of Trustees Names Lifetime Award Winners and 2016 Fellows
14 Jul 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH has named its 2016 Fellows and two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Dr. Cheong Koon Hean of the Singapore HDB, and Ron Klemencic of MKA.
Trustees Meeting Heralds Bright Future For CTBUH
9 Mar 2015, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2014 accomplishments, 2015 plans, the New York Conference, and more.
Building Management and Operation Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The workshop “Building Management and Operation” shed light on the critical period of a building’s life after the designs have been submitted and the ribbons have been cut.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.
CTBUH Trustees Meet Ahead of 2014 Conference in Shanghai
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The second Board of Trustees meeting of 2014 took place in the 83rd-floor conference room at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai, in advance of the 2014 CTBUH Conference.
CTBUH Brazil Launches Chapter in Joint Event
8 Apr 2014, São Paulo – Event Report
With over 60 guests in attendance, the Brazil chapter held its inaugural event “Toward Sustainable Verticalism” at the Millennium Convention Center.
Trustees Meeting Reflects CTBUH’s Momentum
28 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met February 28, setting the course for a number of strategic Council initiatives, including the Strategic Five-Year Plan.
Trustees Meeting 2013, Chicago
4 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The board of trustees of the CTBUH held its annual meeting at IIT in Chicago on March 4. As a first order of business, the board welcomed three new trustees.
CTBUH Confirms Three New Trustees
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH has confirmed the next generation of industry leaders to join its Board of Trustees: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp., Craig Gibbons, Arup and David Malott, KPF.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three
21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the third day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the plenary on the past, present, and future World's Tallest Buildings.
Global Representatives Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH leaders and representatives from around the world gathered to discuss on-going initiatives and better ways to serve members and grow the Council.
Taipei 101 Installs CTBUH Signboard at LEED Ceremony
Aug 2011, Taipei – Event Report
Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest building, has inaugurated a CTBUH Signboard recognizing the significant height achievements of the building.

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Cathy Yang Related Resources

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 01 - Q & A

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

Interview: Cathy Yang

16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews
Cathy Yang, TAIPEI 101

Taipei 101: Tall Building Operation Towards Sustainability

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation

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Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

Sep 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

Taipei 101: Tall Building Operation Towards Sustainability

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation

Cathy Yang Related Videos

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 01 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 01 Questions & Answers session with speakers Matthew Clifford, JLL; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center; Jason Haase, LMN Architects; Victor Madeira Filho, Madeira Valentim & Alem Advogados;…
Interview: Cathy Yang
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Cathy Yang, TAIPEI 101
Cathy Yang of TAIPEI 101 interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Cathy discusses the future of vertical urbanization.
Taipei 101: Tall Building Operation Towards Sustainability
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
To take TAIPEI 101 TOWER as an example that will showcase the various aspects of managing a tall building, satisfying tenant requirements, stakeholders expectations, and as an example of a cities’ achievements. One, Explore the essential elements for…
Does it make economic sense to continue to make buildings taller?
Aug 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corpo
Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center…
What are the Predominant Motivations for Building Tall in the 21st Century?
Apr 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stephan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti & Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stephan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and…
Taipei 101: Striving to be a Sustainable Skyscraper
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
In 2009 Taipei 101 embarked on an ambitious environmental upgrade, aimed at achieving the LEED-EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building Operation and Maintenance) certification at Platinum Level. Taipei 101 has now…
Interview: Taipei 101
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
Cathy Yang of Taipei Financial Center Corporation is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Cathy talks about Taipei 101, the former world's tallest building, and the recent renovations to achieve…
Plenary 3 - The Past, Present and Future of “the World’s Tallest” Q & A
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Session Chair Timothy Johnson moderates as the panel consisting of: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; David Bradford, Turner International; & Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. take questions from delegates.
Becoming the World's Tallest Green Building - TAIPEI 101 Case Study
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Cathy Yang, TAIPEI 101
This presentation shares how TAIPEI 101 obtain LEED-EBOM Platinum Certification 6 years after operation.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Roundtable: Why Tall? Part 02
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Cathy Yang, TAIPEI 101; Kyung-Jun Kim, Samsung C&T Corporation;; Yukio Tamura, Tokyo Polytechnic University; Jaepil Choi, Seoul National University
Roundtable discussion on: "“Why Tall? - Green, Safety & Humanity"
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Roundtable: Why Tall? Part 01
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Cathy Yang, TAIPEI 101; Kyung-Jun Kim, Samsung C&T Corporation;; Yukio Tamura, Tokyo Polytechnic University; Jaepil Choi, Seoul National University
Roundtable discussion on: "“Why Tall? - Green, Safety & Humanity"
Taipei 101: Greening the World’s Tallest
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
Taipei 101 was completed as the world’s tallest building at the end of 2004, at 509 metres. Recently it announced plans for a complete environmental upgrade of the building, to achieve LEED Gold status. The fact that such a building, only 5 years old…

Cathy Yang Related Papers/Research

Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
Taipei 101: Tall Building Operation Towards Sustainability
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corporation
To take TAIPEI 101 TOWER as an example that will showcase the various aspects of managing a tall building, satisfying tenant requirements, stakeholders expectations, and as an example of a cities’ achievements. One, Explore the essential elements for…