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About Peng Du

Dr. Peng Du is currently the China Office Director and Academic Coordinator at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT CoA).

Dr. Du has been managing CTBUH China initiatives as CTBUH China Office Director since 2017, including office operations, memberships, China-based international and national conferences, China Awards Program, local events, publications, etc.

As a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT CoA and Academic Coordinator at CTBUH, Dr. Du has been involved in teaching and coordinating numerous studios and seminars on tall buildings and sustainable cities, as well as developing proposed/on-going research projects. He served as a final selection juror for CTBUH International Research Seed Funding in 2016 and 2017, and first-round juror for the CTBUH International…


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About Peng Du

Dr. Peng Du is currently the China Office Director and Academic Coordinator at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT CoA).

Dr. Du has been managing CTBUH China initiatives as CTBUH China Office Director since 2017, including office operations, memberships, China-based international and national conferences, China Awards Program, local events, publications, etc.

As a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT CoA and Academic Coordinator at CTBUH, Dr. Du has been involved in teaching and coordinating numerous studios and seminars on tall buildings and sustainable cities, as well as developing proposed/on-going research projects. He served as a final selection juror for CTBUH International Research Seed Funding in 2016 and 2017, and first-round juror for the CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition in 2015 and 2016.

Dr. Du has also been leading the significant sustainability research study entitled A Study of the Sustainability Implications of Differing Urban + Suburban Locations supported by CTBUH and IIT CoA. His Ph.D dissertation was awarded Best Defended Dissertation at IIT CoA in 2016. He was also awarded awarded the 2013/2014 ARCC King Student Medal for “Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research” for his doctoral research, and the contribution of his Ph.D study was featured IIT Magazine.

Dr. Du has been serving as an Associate Editor of the Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chinese version of CTBUH Journal), and as a peer-reviewer of multiple high-quality research journals, such as Energies, Sustainability, Buildings, Spaces and Flows, etc.


• Du, P., Wood, A., Stephens, B. (2016). Empirical Operational Energy Analysis of Downtown High-Rise vs. Suburban Low-Rise Lifestyles: A Chicago Case Study. Energies 2016, 9, 445. Online | PDF

• Du, P. (2015). Environmental and social sustainability implications of downtown high-rise vs. suburban low-rise living: A Chicago case study (Ph.D. Dissertation). Illinois Institute of Technology, United States – Illinois. Online

• Du, P., Wood, A., Stephens, B., Song, X. (2015). Life-Cycle Energy Implications of Downtown High-Rise vs. Suburban Low-Rise Living: An Overview and Quantitative Case Study for Chicago. Buildings. 5(3):1003-1024. Online | PDF

• Chapter Contributor. 2015. Super-tall Building Chapter, Architectural Exchange between Shanghai & America. Exchange between Shanghai & America Book Series. China City Press. Beijing.

• Wang, Z., Li, L., Du, P. (2014). High-Rise Design Studio Within the Chicago De-Carbonization Plan: Review of the Joint Course Between Tongji University and CTBUH. Proceedings of the 2014 National Conference on Architectural Education (China). Dalian University of Technology Press. pp. 88-93. ISBN: 978-7-5611-9577-2

• Chapter Contributor. (2014). China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanisms, edited by Cressica Brazier, Jeffrey Johnson, Tat Lam. ISBN 978-1-883584-74-0.

• Du, P. (2011). Demonstrating Values of the Urban Best Practices Area in Shanghai Expo. Master’s Thesis. Tongji University.

• Du, P., Song, X. (2010). Perspective into Emergent Urbanism from Deleuze's Philosophy. Proceedings of the 8th National Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Architecture and Urban Planning. Nanjing University Press. pp. 405-408. ISBN: 978-7-305-07606-0

CTBUH Involvement

  • CTBUH Staff, China Office Director & Academic Coordinator (2017 – Present)
  • Student Competition First-Round Jury (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Past Roles:
  • CTBUH Staff, Research Associate & China Support (2016)
  • CTBUH Staff, Research Assistant & China Support (2012 – 2015)
  • Conference, Speaker (Shanghai 2014; Australia 2017)
  • Conference, Session Chair (2016)

Initiatives Involving Peng Du

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2017 Conference Tour

28 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Tour Report – Students from the 2017–2018 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the…

CTBUH China Holds Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum

17 Oct 2017, Event Report – The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and…

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Midterm Fall Review

13 Oct 2017, Event – During a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by AECOM, IIT…

Initiatives Involving Peng Du

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2017 Conference Tour
28 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Sydney – Tour Report
Students from the 2017–2018 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2017 CTBUH International Conference and toured Sydney.
CTBUH China Holds Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum
17 Oct 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and CTBUH China co-organized a one-day symposium on Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Midterm Fall Review
13 Oct 2017, Chicago – Event
During a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by AECOM, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio projects in Crown Hall.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
AECOM Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
21 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is pleased to announce that AECOM will be supporting the 2017-2018 CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio, titled “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050.”
CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
On August 3, the CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH China Symposium on Tall Building Performance + Book Launch
2 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Tongji University Press held a symposium on tall building performance on August 2, 2017, followed by a book launch.
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Review
24 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their interim design studio projects in Crown Hall.
CTBUH Celebrates New Office Launch in Chicago
23 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH enjoyed a lively evening with friends and members in a celebration of its new office located downtown.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Final Review
2 Dec 2016, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio final projects in Crown Hall.
2016 CTBUH Leaders Meeting Report
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held this year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in China, bringing together the Council’s leaders from around the world.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2016 Conference Tour
15-22 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Students from the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2016 CTBUH International Conference and toured Shenzhen & Hong Kong.
Gensler's Chicago Office Hosts Presentations and Technical Tour
27 Sep 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of the CTBUH-IIT Academic Courses, a group of IIT architecture students visited the Gensler Chicago Office on September 27.
Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators
30 Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project on rope-less, non-vertical elevators sponsored by thyssenkrupp AG was held on the campus of IIT.
Gensler Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
Gensler will be supporting the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT Tall Building Academic Studio through a 2016 Conference sponsorship package.
CTBUH Hosts China Government Delegation
20 May 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH was honored to host a delegation of government officials from the Shanghai Huangpu District People’s Government.
CTBUH Staff Member Peng Du Receives his PhD
2 Dec 2015, Chicago – Event Report
We are very pleased to announce that CTBUH Researcher Peng Du has just completed his doctoral dissertation at Illinois Institute of Technology.
2015–2016 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in Miami
16-21 Nov 2015, Miami – Tour Report
“Network Reshaping Downtown,” a collaborative design studio undertaken by Tongji University with support from CTBUH, kicked off with a visit to Miami.
World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7 Building and Construction Tours
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7, all of which are in the middle of construction.
Chinese Architects Visit CTBUH Headquarters
19 Jan 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
Nine Chinese architects and landscape architects visited CTBUH headquarters as part of an academic mission to the US
“Network-3D” High-Rise Design Studio Culminates in Shanghai
18 Jan 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Final reviews concluded of a semester of intense work for the “Network-3D" studio undertaken by Tongji University students with support from CTBUH and KPF.
New York Conference Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting
17-21 Nov 2014, New York City – Event Report
Plans for the 2015 Conference in New York are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Bank of America Tower Nov. 18.
2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
14-17 Nov 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours.
Study on Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Location
Feb 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH is conducting a research study aimed at understanding the contributing factors of “sustainability” in both urban and suburban contexts.
Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago
Nov 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.

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Peng Du Related Resources

IIT Magazine Features Research Assistant Peng Du

IIT Magazine Features Research Assistant Peng Du

10 Mar 2015, Chicago – IIT Magazine provides an in-depth profile of Peng Du, CTBUH Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the…

Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

1 Dec 2014, Shanghai – Based on a brief introduction of the CTBUH International Conference and an overview of the 2014 Shanghai…

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CTBUH Research Project: The Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations – Initial Report

17 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Peng Du, CTBUH / IIT & Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University

Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability

Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2
Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Tall Buildings as Extensions Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality

Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV
Peng Du, CTBUH; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University; Elie Gamburg, KPF

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Press/Media Related to Peng Du

IIT Magazine Features Research Assistant Peng Du
Chicago, United States – IIT Magazine provides an in-depth profile of Peng Du, CTBUH Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the IIT College of Architecture.…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Shanghai, China – Based on a brief introduction of the CTBUH International Conference and an overview of the 2014 Shanghai Conference, the article introduces…

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Peng Du Related Papers/Research

Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
This paper presents the initial findings of a ground-breaking two-year CTBUH-funded research project investigating the real environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in a number of high-rise residential towers in downtown Chicago…
Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
This paper presents the initial findings of a ground-breaking two-year CTBUH-funded research project investigating the real environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in a number of high-rise residential towers in downtown Chicago…
Tall Buildings as Extensions Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Peng Du, CTBUH; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University; Elie Gamburg, KPF
This paper reviews the 2014 Network 3D High-Rise Design Studio, which was undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, with assistance from the CTBUH and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The project site…
CTBUH Research Project: The Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations – Initial Report
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Peng Du & Antony Wood, CTBUH
It is widely accepted that the concentration of people in denser cities – sharing space, infrastructure, and facilities – offers much greater energy efficiency than the expanded horizontal city, which requires more land usage as well as higher energy…