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  • Mic Patterson

About Mic Patterson

Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, futurist, author, photographer and entrepreneur.

He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology, structural glass facades, and sustainable building practices. He pioneered the introduction of structural glass facade technology in the United States in the 1990s, contributing into the new millennium with the implementation of a diverse body of novel applications, including cable trusses, cable nets and grid shells. Patterson participated in the establishment of the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos where he works as the Vice President of Strategic Development, dividing his time between the Los Angeles and New York City Studios. Enclos is a leading national specialty facade contractor, and the Studio is its dedicated think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building…


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About Mic Patterson

Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, futurist, author, photographer and entrepreneur.

He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology, structural glass facades, and sustainable building practices. He pioneered the introduction of structural glass facade technology in the United States in the 1990s, contributing into the new millennium with the implementation of a diverse body of novel applications, including cable trusses, cable nets and grid shells. Patterson participated in the establishment of the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos where he works as the Vice President of Strategic Development, dividing his time between the Los Angeles and New York City Studios. Enclos is a leading national specialty facade contractor, and the Studio is its dedicated think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building skin.

Patterson is a co-founder and the inaugural president of the Facade Tectonics Institute, and a co-founder of the Facades+ conference series. He has served on the technical research committee for Glascon Global, and is a member of the Green Advantage Certification Board and the International Glazier Certification Board. He has twice been named among the industry’s most influential by US Glass magazine.

Patterson is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California with a research focus on sustainable facade renovation practices. He has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced facade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures, published by Wiley in 2011.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Past Roles:
  • Advisory Group (2013 – 2016)
  • Height and Data Committee (2013 – 2016)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; Shanghai 2014)

Events/Initiatives Involving Mic Patterson

CTBUH 2015 Height Committee Meeting

CTBUH 2015 Height Committee Meeting

25 Oct 2015, Event Report – After providing a snapshot of the Height Committee’s duties and past actions since…

Skin NY

Skin NY

27 Aug 2015, Event Report – CTBUH New York, in association with the New York Young Professionals Committee…

Facades+ New York City

Facades+ New York City

16-17 Apr 2015, Event Report – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood recently visited New York City to…

Events/Initiatives Involving Mic Patterson

CTBUH 2015 Height Committee Meeting
25 Oct 2015, New York City – Event Report
After providing a snapshot of the Height Committee’s duties and past actions since its last meeting, Height Committee Chair Peter Weismantle led a discussion on a series of topics.
Skin NY
27 Aug 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York, in association with the New York Young Professionals Committee hosted an event entitled Skin:NY that focused on high-rise façade design and construction
Facades+ New York City
16-17 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood recently visited New York City to participate in the Facades+ conference hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper.
CTBUH Co-Hosts Iuav International Tall Buildings Conference
21 Nov 2014, Venice – Event Report
The 5th Iuav International Conference on Tall Buildings was held in Venice, organized by Elena Giacomello and Dario Trabucco of CTBUH.
CTBUH Height Committee Meeting
7 Nov 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The following topics were addressed: co-joined buildings, criteria for completion, gross-to-net building height, and structural definitions.
Considering the Whole Life Cycle Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
This session brought building environmental performance issues to the forefront in building design, a field that has been criticized in the past for its resource-heavy construction.
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.
Sustainability Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group convened the day before the start of the Shanghai Congress to review recent progress and focus on goals for the future.

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Mic Patterson Related Resources

Interview: Mic Patterson

18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews
Mic Patterson, Enclos

Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Mic Patterson, Enclos

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 04 - Q & A

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

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FaçadeRetrofit.org: An Online Database Resource for the Façade Renovation of Existing Buildings

26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations
Andrea Martinez, Karen M. Kensek & Douglas Noble, University of Southern California; Mic Patterson, Enclos Corp.

Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Mic Patterson, Ben Silverman & James Casper, Enclos; Karen Kensek, University of Southern California

New Skins for Skyscrapers: Anticipating Façade Retrofit

Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Mic Patterson, Andrea Martinez, Jeffrey Vaglio & Douglas Noble, University of Southern California

Mic Patterson Related Videos

Interview: Mic Patterson
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Mic Patterson, Enclos
Mic Patterson of Enclos is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mic Patterson, Enclos
Durability is an often-overlooked consideration of materials, components, assemblies, buildings, and cities, and a fundamental attribute of sustainability. The concept of differential service life recognizes that each of the components that comprise…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 04 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Don Davies, MKA; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Dario Trabucco, CTBUH / Iuav University of Venice; Mic Patterson, Enclos; and Maurice Hermens, Royal…
Track 5: Retrofit & Lifecycle Considerations Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 5 panel consisting of: Paul Sloman, Arup; Donald Davies, MKA; and Mic Patterson, Enclos took questions from delegates.
New Skins for Skyscrapers: Anticipating Façade Retrofit
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Mic Patterson, Strategic Development Director, Enclos
The existing building stock in some regions accounts for nearly as much energy consumption and carbon emissions as the transportation and industrial sectors combined. Existing buildings represent the greatest opportunity to improve this performance.…

Mic Patterson Related Papers/Research

FaçadeRetrofit.org: An Online Database Resource for the Façade Renovation of Existing Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – The Future of Tall: A Selection of Written Works on Current Skyscraper Innovations; Andrea Martinez, Karen M. Kensek & Douglas Noble, University of Southern California; Mic Patterson, Enclos Corp.
Much of the existing tall building stock is burdened with aging and underperforming façades, resulting in opportunities to substantially improve building performance through façade retrofit. Deep-energy whole-building retrofits, with the façade as an…
Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Mic Patterson, Ben Silverman & James Casper, Enclos; Karen Kensek, University of Southern California
Durability is an often-overlooked consideration of materials, components, assemblies, buildings, and cities, and a fundamental attribute of sustainability. The concept of differential service life recognizes that each of the components that comprise…
New Skins for Skyscrapers: Anticipating Façade Retrofit
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Mic Patterson, Andrea Martinez, Jeffrey Vaglio & Douglas Noble, University of Southern California
Existing buildings in some regions accounts for nearly as much energy use and carbon emissions as the transportation and industrial sectors combined. Existing buildings represent the greatest opportunity to improve performance.