Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Richard Witt

Richard is a design principal at Quadrangle Architects Ltd. in Toronto where he directs much of the firm’s international and urban community oriented work. His expertise in urban mixed-use projects at a wide variety of scales and his desire to positively advance the built environment have resulted in a variety of high density projects in and on the edge of cities. These projects demonstrate the potential of density to advance the objectives of human scaled social engagement.

Born and raised in England, Richard moved to Canada in the late 1980s and subsequently received his professional qualifications from the University of Waterloo. Early in his career, he worked for a number of highly regarded practices in London, Geneva and Prague, including Aukett PLC and Foster + Partners. He has continued to develop an international career built on an interest and expertise in high and mid-rise urban…


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About Richard Witt

Richard is a design principal at Quadrangle Architects Ltd. in Toronto where he directs much of the firm’s international and urban community oriented work. His expertise in urban mixed-use projects at a wide variety of scales and his desire to positively advance the built environment have resulted in a variety of high density projects in and on the edge of cities. These projects demonstrate the potential of density to advance the objectives of human scaled social engagement.

Born and raised in England, Richard moved to Canada in the late 1980s and subsequently received his professional qualifications from the University of Waterloo. Early in his career, he worked for a number of highly regarded practices in London, Geneva and Prague, including Aukett PLC and Foster + Partners. He has continued to develop an international career built on an interest and expertise in high and mid-rise urban intensification, master planning, sustainable design and adaptive reuse. He is currently leading projects in Canada, China and UAE and has represented Canadian architecture and green building on political missions to India and China.

Richard has been an award juror, guest critic, panel moderator, charrette leader, presenter and exhibitor on issues such as international development and the challenges and opportunities inherent in tall buildings. He is currently on the advisory board for Urban Land Institute Toronto, the Chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Canada, and is a member of several design review panels around the Greater Toronto Area. He is also a past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Country Chair, CTBUH Canada (2013 – Present)
  • City Representative, Toronto (2012 – Present)
  • Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2014; Middle East 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (New York 2015; China 2016)

Events/Initiatives Involving Richard Witt

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on…

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during…

CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction

12 Sep 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a discussion on Modular Design and Construction,…

Events/Initiatives Involving Richard Witt

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during the Middle East Conference for a discussion on the Council's regional growth and global initiatives.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction
12 Sep 2018, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a discussion on Modular Design and Construction, featuring an overview of existing modular implementations as well as future implications.
CTBUH Canada Tours YC Condos
21 Mar 2018, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter held a construction tour of YC Condos, a 66-story tower development in downtown Toronto.
CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto
29 Nov 2017, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held a breakfast event to showcase Toronto's first supertall, The One, which will stand at 307 meters tall and is currently under construction.
Canada Event Considers “The Story of Marketing Tall Buildings”
20 Jun 2017, Toronto – Event Report
Building up momentum for the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia, the CTBUH Canada Chapter held its most recent event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club.
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.
Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall Buildings in Toronto
11 Oct 2016, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter organized and held its third in a series of seminars about new and imported technologies in high-rise buildings.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Sky High and The Logic of Luxury
12 May 2015, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held its most recent event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, featuring a presentation by Carol Willis entitled “Sky High and the Logic of Luxury.”
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
CTBUH Canada Tours ICE Condos at York Center, Toronto
19 Nov 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada chapter hosted a tour – ironically during an early winter snow storm – of the ICE Condominiums.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Event on Imports and Acquisitions
5 Nov 2014, Toronto – Event Report
More than 80 people attended the event which sought to answer the question, What new technologies and techniques are influencing the way we build tall in Toronto?
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE November 2014
28 Oct-6 Nov 2014, Toronto – CTBUH News
The first CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and plans of the newly formed Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
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.
Tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower
22 Aug 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH Canada hosted a tour of Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, currently under construction in the heart of the city’s business district.
Richard Witt on How Tall Skyscrapers Can Go
6 May 2014, Toronto – CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt talks with the Jerry Agar Show about the Kingdom Tower, the world's first kilometer high and future tallest building.
Canada Chapter Tours The L Tower
27 Feb 2014, Toronto – Tour Report
The Canada Chapter hosted a tour of The L Tower, the under-construction iconic residential building in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core.
Design, Cost and Return on Investment
23 Jan 2014, Toronto – Event Report
The chapter's fifth event included video presentations by Peter Rees, the Chief Planning Officer for London & a case study of The Gherkin by Kent Gardner, its owner.
Inside Look at Aura Tower
29 Oct 2013, Toronto – Tour Report
The Canada chapter hosted a tour of Canada’s future tallest residential building, Aura. When completed, the building will be 272 meters tall.
The GTA, a Region in Transition
25 Sep 2013, Toronto – Event Report
Keynote speakers and authors of the Strategic Regional Research report, Iain Dobson and Glenn Miller, led a provocative discussion about high-rise trends in the Greater Toronto Area.
Broadgate Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Broadgate Tower was the first tower building in the City designed specifically for the speculative market.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two
12 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity
See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including The Shard Networking Reception.
CTBUH Canada Inaugural Meeting
2 May 2013, Toronto – Event Report
The first event organized by the newly formed CTBUH Canada Chapter was held at the University of Toronto on May 2, to a highly enthusiastic reception.
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.

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Richard Witt Related Resources

Ever Taller Toronto Condo Towers Redefine City Neighborhoods

Ever Taller Toronto Condo Towers Redefine City Neighborhoods

28 Jan 2015, Toronto – Toronto’s skyline has seen a dramatic change with the addition of many skyscraper condominium towers. CTBUH…

CTBUH Leader Weighs in on Tall Buildings in Canada

CTBUH Leader Weighs in on Tall Buildings in Canada

22 Sep 2014, Toronto – Canadian Apartments interviews CTBUH Canadian Chair Richard Witt, who summarizes residential high-rise trends…

CTBUH Canada Chair Interviewed on the Jerry Agar Show

CTBUH Canada Chair Interviewed on the Jerry Agar Show

6 May 2014, Toronto – CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt, Design Principal at Quadrangle Architects, talks with the Jerry Agar Show on…

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CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 3a: Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Q&A

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 10 - Q & A

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

Sustainable High Density Neighborhoods

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects Limited

Sustainable High Density Neighborhoods

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects Limited

Press/Media Related to Richard Witt

Ever Taller Toronto Condo Towers Redefine City Neighborhoods
Toronto, Canada – Toronto’s skyline has seen a dramatic change with the addition of many skyscraper condominium towers. CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt and…
CTBUH Leader Weighs in on Tall Buildings in Canada
Toronto, Canada – Canadian Apartments interviews CTBUH Canadian Chair Richard Witt, who summarizes residential high-rise trends in Canada, and discusses the…
CTBUH Canada Chair Interviewed on the Jerry Agar Show
Toronto, Canada – CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt, Design Principal at Quadrangle Architects, talks with the Jerry Agar Show on Toronto’s New Talk 1010 Radio…
World’s First Kilometre-High Tower Faces Unique Challenges
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt discusses the challenges of building the world's first kilometer-high tower, the Kingdom Tower, in Jeddah,…

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Richard Witt Related Papers/Research

Sustainable High Density Neighborhoods
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects Limited
The creation of sustainable, high-density communities starts with comprehensive master planning that strategically leverages the scale of the site. This paper will address how designers, developers and city planners can create high density…