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About Nathaniel Hollister

Nathaniel Hollister is designer at Goettsch Partners with experience in mixed-use high-rise projects in both Asia and North America.

His experience at Goettsch Partners includes work on Park Tower – a 600 ft skyscraper planned for downtown San Francisco, the 720,000-square-foot competition-winning design for the Zurich North American Headquarters in Schaumburg, and the 150-meter-tall mixed-use China Resources Vanguard Tower in Shenzhen, China.

Between 2009 and 2013, Nathaniel gained significant experience in all aspects of the high-rise typology while working at the CTBUH and co-teaching an advanced architectural high-rise studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his time at the CTBUH, Nathaniel conducted research and published a number of papers on tall buildings, several of which were focused on dissecting the significant numerical increase and diversification the…


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About Nathaniel Hollister

Nathaniel Hollister is designer at Goettsch Partners with experience in mixed-use high-rise projects in both Asia and North America.

His experience at Goettsch Partners includes work on Park Tower – a 600 ft skyscraper planned for downtown San Francisco, the 720,000-square-foot competition-winning design for the Zurich North American Headquarters in Schaumburg, and the 150-meter-tall mixed-use China Resources Vanguard Tower in Shenzhen, China.

Between 2009 and 2013, Nathaniel gained significant experience in all aspects of the high-rise typology while working at the CTBUH and co-teaching an advanced architectural high-rise studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his time at the CTBUH, Nathaniel conducted research and published a number of papers on tall buildings, several of which were focused on dissecting the significant numerical increase and diversification the tall typology has undergone over the past decade.

Nathaniel graduated with honors in 2009 from IIT, receiving his professional bachelor’s degree in architecture. While completing his professional studies, Nathaniel focused on sustainability and high-rise design and studied under Dr. Werner Sobek of Werner Sobek Engineering & Design. Simultaneously, Nathaniel worked as a design consultant at David Fleener Architects. Nathaniel was a finalist in the 2009 Schiff Foundation Fellowship, and his work has been displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nathaniel continues to be actively involved in the CTBUH, becoming Vice-Chair of the Young Professional Committee in 2013.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Young Professionals Committee, Chicago, Vice-Chair (2014 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • CTBUH Staff, Production Coordinator (2009 – 2013)
  • Student Competition First-Round Jury (2015)

Initiatives Involving Nathaniel Hollister

CTBUH Chicago Talks Tall Timber

25 Feb 2015, Event Report – CTBUH Chicago and YPC held a lecture entitled “Tall Timber Buildings: Trends and…

YPC Roundtable Discussion: Hackable Cities and Work in the City

27 Feb 2014, Event Report – The Young Professionals Committee hosted a discussion which introduced the concept…

Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report

20 Sep 2012, Tour Report – Scheduled for completion in 2014, the tour of Shanghai Tower offered a unique…

Initiatives Involving Nathaniel Hollister

CTBUH Chicago Talks Tall Timber
25 Feb 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago and YPC held a lecture entitled “Tall Timber Buildings: Trends and Research” given by Benton Johnson, drawing 90-plus attendees.
YPC Roundtable Discussion: Hackable Cities and Work in the City
27 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted a discussion which introduced the concept of "hacking" the built environment to create pragmatic, yet dynamic, augmentations to the city.
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the tour of Shanghai Tower offered a unique glimpse into the construction of the megatall building.
CTBUH Celebrates First Exhibition
21 Jun 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Chicago Architecture Foundation event spotlights work of CTBUH and AS+GG with Illinois Institute of Technology students: “Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago.”
Three International Finance Center Tour Report
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Tour Report
Three International Finance Center was one of an incredible eight 250 meter-plus projects that are under construction in Seoul and the site for a technical tour.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Building Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference began their conference experience with a technical tour of the recent renovations to Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower.

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Nathaniel Hollister Related Resources

The History of the European Skyscraper

Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II
Nathaniel Hollister, CTBUH

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall

18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I
Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011

Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I
Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH

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Nathaniel Hollister Related Papers/Research

The History of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Nathaniel Hollister, CTBUH
Due to the compact and historic nature of its cities, some unpopular designs, and an unfortunate association with public housing, Europe had historically been slow to build skyscrapers. But currently, the continent is outpacing North America in…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: New York City Scrapers
Aug 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Nathaniel Hollister, Jan Klerks & Antony Wood, CTBUH
New York’s dramatic skyline, over a century in the making, has for years been the envy of cities around the world. From the very birth of the tall building typology, New York has been at the forefront of the scene. Even as recently as the 1970s, New…