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About Peter Weismantle

Peter A. Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology, is responsible for overseeing the development of AS+GG’s supertall projects from onset to completion. He works in collaboration with the project team to develop the design of such technical elements as the building envelope, vertical transportation and life safety systems, and to assure compliance with applicable building codes and standards.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Peter was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he served as Senior Technical Architect on several supertall towers, including Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower and the 163-story, 828 meter (2,717 foot) tall Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

He also collaborated on Ludgate Development, Broadgate Development and parts of Canary Wharf, all large mixed-use developments in London, as well as the…


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About Peter Weismantle

Peter A. Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology, is responsible for overseeing the development of AS+GG’s supertall projects from onset to completion. He works in collaboration with the project team to develop the design of such technical elements as the building envelope, vertical transportation and life safety systems, and to assure compliance with applicable building codes and standards.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Peter was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he served as Senior Technical Architect on several supertall towers, including Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower and the 163-story, 828 meter (2,717 foot) tall Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

He also collaborated on Ludgate Development, Broadgate Development and parts of Canary Wharf, all large mixed-use developments in London, as well as the 94-story Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

Peter is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is the past-Chairman of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, President of the Safety Glazing Certification Council, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, member of the Architectural Advisory Group of Underwriters Laboratories as well as the National Fire Prevention Association’s High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee.

His work at AS+GG includes Burj 2020, Wuhan Greenland Center, a 125 story, 600+ meter tall, mixed use building in Wuhan, China and Kingdom Tower, a 167 story, 1000+ meter tall, mixed use building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which, when completed, will be the tallest building in the world.

Peter has published widely on supertall building technology, including articles in Wiley InterScience Journal—The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Structure magazine, and the Eighth World Congress Report and Journal of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Advisory Group, Chair (2013 – Present)
  • Expert Peer Review Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Height and Data Committee, Chair (2007 – Present)
  • Working Group: Façade Access, Co-Chair (2015 – Present, 2012 – 2014)
  • CTBUH Fellow (2014)
  • Past Roles:
  • Conference, Speaker (Shanghai 2014)
  • CTBUH Journal, Editorial Board (2008 – 2014)
  • International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel (2012, 2013, 2014)

Initiatives Involving Peter Weismantle

CTBUH Height Committee Meeting

7 Nov 2014, Event Report – The following topics were addressed: co-joined buildings, criteria for completion,…

CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership

15 Sep 2014, Event Report – The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in…

CTBUH Names New Fellows

1 Aug 2014, CTBUH News – Johannes de Jong, KONE, and Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill…

Initiatives Involving Peter Weismantle

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.
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 Names New Fellows
1 Aug 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
Johannes de Jong, KONE, and Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, have been named Fellows.
CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height of 1776'
12 Nov 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Height Committee reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).
Leaders’ Meeting Focuses on Increasing and Energizing Membership
8 Nov 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The top global leadership of the CTBUH held the annual Leader Meeting in Chicago to discuss activating leaders around the world.
Façade Access Technical Guide Advances
12 Feb 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The Façade Access Working Group met to continue work on the upcoming Technical Guide, Façade Access and Maintenance in High-Rise Buildings.
Event Focuses on Combining Fire Safety and Sustainability
7-8 Nov 2012, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH participated in a symposium to address the complex issues of integrating fire safety design with sustainability.
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.
Façade Access Technical Guide Kick Off
Apr 2012, Chicago – Event Report
At the end of April, the co-chairs of the Façade Access Working Group met to officially kick off work for the Façade Access and Maintenance Technical Guide.
2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting
9 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
Tall building industry leaders from around the globe met at the seminal Dongbu Financial Center tower for the 2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting.
CTBUH 2010 Annual Leaders Meeting
22 Oct 2010, Chicago – Event Report
Following the CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony, the CTBUH Leadership team met again bright and early on the campus of the IIT in Chicago for their annual Leaders Meeting.
Marshall Gerometta Wins the 1st Annual CTBUH Golf Tournament
4 Jun 2010, Chicago – Event Report
On June 4th, the first CTBUH’s Annual Golf Tournament took place. After all score cards were turned in, CTBUH's database editor Marshall Gerometta emerged as the overall winner.
CTBUH People in force at Burj Khalifa opening
Jan 2010, Dubai – CTBUH In the Media
Several CTBUH Leaders were in attendance in the VIP section at the Burj Khalifa official opening on 4th January.
CTBUH Changes Height Criteria / Burj Dubai Height Increases
17 Nov 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH announced a change to its height criteria, as a reflection of recent developments with several super-tall buildings.
CTBUH 2009 Annual Leaders Meeting
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Preceding the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference, 55 leaders within the CTBUH organization gathered to discuss current developments, progress on projects, and new ideas and initiatives.

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Peter Weismantle Related Resources

Elevators Set to Take New Direction

Elevators Set to Take New Direction

16 Dec 2014, Essen – The Wall Street Journal speaks with Director Antony Wood and Advisory Group Chair Peter Weismantle about…

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Measuring Tall Buildings: Has CTBUH got its Height Criteria Correct?

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Peter Weismantle, CTBUH Height Committee Chair / AS+GG; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; James Parakh, Toronto City Planner; Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji

Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 19: Q&A

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference
Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture;; Sung-Mo Choi, University of Seoul; Daniel O'Connor, Aon Fire Protection Engineering

Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference
Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design

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Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah

26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Seletion of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making
Peter Weismantle; Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global

26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Seletion of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making
Adrian Smith; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah

Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I
Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Press/Media Related to Peter Weismantle

Elevators Set to Take New Direction
Essen, Germany – The Wall Street Journal speaks with Director Antony Wood and Advisory Group Chair Peter Weismantle about ThyssenKrupp’s newly announced…

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Peter Weismantle Related Videos

Measuring Tall Buildings: Has CTBUH got its Height Criteria Correct?
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peter Weismantle, CTBUH Height Committee Chair / AS+GG; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; James Parakh, Toronto City Planner; Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji
One of the roles of the CTBUH is to be a “voice of reason” as the arbiter of building height claims, and to be consistent in the application of its criteria. Every few years, a question that provokes a review of the appropriateness of the criteria…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 19: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture;; Sung-Mo Choi, University of Seoul; Daniel O'Connor, Aon Fire Protection Engineering
Question & Answers session for Track Session 19.
Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Advanced Occupancy, sometimes called Phased Occupancy, is a concept pioneered and practiced in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago. Simply put, it allows for the beneficial use and occupation of completed portions of large projects, well in…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 08: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Hyo Seon Park, Yonsei University; Rhys Williams, Honeywell; ; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Jey Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Question & Answers session for Track Session 08.
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
After the events of 9/11, why are we still building not only tall buildings, but supertall buildings? The answer to that question leads to a discussion on the unprecedented trends in Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability as well as the…
SkySourced Sustainability: How Supertall Buildings can Benefit from Height
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle of SOM presented additional sources of sustainability to the existing source of energy-the earth and the near-grade environment at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually…

Peter Weismantle Related Papers/Research

Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Seletion of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Peter Weismantle; Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
During the spring of 2009, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) began working on a prototype of a mile-high tower. With an eye to the future, AS+GG’s interest was to understand the potential and challenges of creating a tower that was…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Seletion of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be the tall building to go where no building has gone before – beyond 1,000 meters. For the first time, the team at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill discuss at length the process that went into designing a one-…
20 Years of High-Rise Fire Safety: From Jin Mao to Kingdom Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James H. Antell, RJA; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper will discuss the evolution of fire safety concepts in the recent generation of high rise buildings starting with “early” 1990’s designs in China and trace the development of new active and passive features that have followed and are…
How Supertall Buildings Can Benefit From Height
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Utilizing the earth and near-grade environment as a source of energy has historically been a common practice. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually look towards the sky as the source of additional benefits.
Burj Dubai Stack Effect - Passive Stack Effect Mitigation Measures in the Design of the World's Tallest Building
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2007; Peter A. Weismantle & Luke Leung, SOM
The purpose of this paper is to outline the challenges related to stack effect faced by the Burj Dubai design team and to describe the measures taken to mitigate them. The writer hastens to add that this process is still ongoing and will continue…
Burj Dubai: An Architectural Technical Design Case Study
Oct 2007 – CTBUH / Wiley Tal Journal, 2007; Peter A. Weismantle, Gregory L. Smith & Mohamed Sheriff, SOM
Beyond the aesthetics of the architectural design, the realization of Burj Dubai is very much a technical design effort. Every system in the Tower must be optimized because of the physical and economic constraints of a super high rise building.