Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Timothy Johnson

About Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson is a partner in the global architecture and design firm NBBJ, where he leads the international commercial design practice. Committed to the creation of vital urban environments, he is an expert on integrating design with business performance to develop high-rise buildings that are performance-driven, humanistic and sustainable.

His current work includes Dalian Center, a commercial mixed-use development, listed among the world’s tallest buildings, nearing completion in Dalian, China; the International Financial Centre in Jakarta; and 57 Grange Road, a residential high-rise in Singapore, among many others. His most well-known project is the award-winning Sail @ Marina Bay, the world’s 10th-tallest residential building at the time of its completion in Singapore.

He is involved with organizations that work to create healthy urban environments and is currently an active member…


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About Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson is a partner in the global architecture and design firm NBBJ, where he leads the international commercial design practice. Committed to the creation of vital urban environments, he is an expert on integrating design with business performance to develop high-rise buildings that are performance-driven, humanistic and sustainable.

His current work includes Dalian Center, a commercial mixed-use development, listed among the world’s tallest buildings, nearing completion in Dalian, China; the International Financial Centre in Jakarta; and 57 Grange Road, a residential high-rise in Singapore, among many others. His most well-known project is the award-winning Sail @ Marina Bay, the world’s 10th-tallest residential building at the time of its completion in Singapore.

He is involved with organizations that work to create healthy urban environments and is currently an active member of the Urban Land Institute, The Architectural League of New York and the American Institute of Architects. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Asia Design Forum.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Vice-Chairman (2014 – Present)
  • Conference, Speaker (Shanghai 2012; Shanghai 2014; New York 2015)
  • Past Roles:
  • Board of Trustees, Trustee (2009 – 2011)
  • Board of Trustees, Chairman (2011 – 2014)
  • Advisory Group (2008 – 2009)
  • Awards Jury (Chair 2006; Chair 2007; Chair 2008; 2009)
  • Conference, Co-Chair (London 2013; Shanghai 2014)
  • Conference, Keynote Speaker (Shanghai 2012)
  • Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2012)
  • CTBUH Journal, Editorial Board (2008 – 2014)
  • International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel (2012, 2013, 2014)

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Initiatives Involving Timothy Johnson

University of Southern California Team Wins Research Seed Funding

17 Sep 2014, CTBUH Research Report – CTBUH is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2014 International…

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 Trustees Meet Ahead of 2014 Conference in Shanghai

15 Sep 2014, Event Report – The second Board of Trustees meeting of 2014 took place in the 83rd-floor…

Initiatives Involving Timothy Johnson

University of Southern California Team Wins Research Seed Funding
17 Sep 2014, Shanghai – CTBUH Research Report
CTBUH is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2014 International Research Seed Funding grant to a team led by the University of Southern California.
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 Trustees Meet Ahead of 2014 Conference in Shanghai
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The second Board of Trustees meeting of 2014 took place in the 83rd-floor conference room at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai, in advance of the 2014 CTBUH Conference.
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman
4 Jun 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Trustees Meeting Reflects CTBUH’s Momentum
28 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met February 28, setting the course for a number of strategic Council initiatives, including the Strategic Five-Year Plan.
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.
Italian Team Wins Research Seed Funding
11 Jun 2013, London – CTBUH Research
A research team from Iuav University of Venice, Italy, was named the winner of the CTBUH’s second research seed funding grant during the 2013 London Conference Dinner.
Trustees Meeting 2013, Chicago
4 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The board of trustees of the CTBUH held its annual meeting at IIT in Chicago on March 4. As a first order of business, the board welcomed three new trustees.
BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers
3 Dec 2012, London – CTBUH In the Media
The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports focusing on the state of the skyscraper around the world.
Awards Symposium Puts Spotlight on Achievement, Future
19 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event Report
2012 CTBUH tall building award winners, finalists and lifetime achievement award winners were not attending the annual symposium to talk about record heights and flashy designs.
Young Professionals Hosts Meeting at the 2012 Awards Symposium
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Exactly one year after its establishment the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee gathered at the Awards Symposium on October 18 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Hong Kong & Shenzhen Tour Report
22-23 Sep 2012, Hong Kong – Tour Report
Delegates from the Congress flew to Hong Kong to visit one of the tallest cities in the world. The second day included a side trip to Shenzhen, including a private tour of KK100.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three
21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the third day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the plenary on the past, present, and future World's Tallest Buildings.
2012 Shanghai Congress: Asia Ascending
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference
The Shanghai Congress drew a wide variety of industry professionals from all over the globe with over 800 attendees from 430 companies and 43 countries.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day One
19 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the Opening Plenary and VIP 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.
NYU Team Wins First CTBUH Research Seed Funding
Sep 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
A research team from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has won the CTBUH’s first research seed funding grant for a research project based in China.
Eco-in-the-City Features CTBUH
28 Aug 2012, Chicago – CTBUH In the Media
World Architecture News is spotlighting the CTBUH in a series of articles on the site’s Eco-in-the-City blog. The articles penned by CTBUH leaders are focusing on sustainability issues.
China to Dominate Tall Building Development
22 Aug 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Nine of the 20 tallest buildings currently under construction in the world are located in China, which is now leading the way in the development of supertall buildings.
New York City Reps Stage First Event
31 Jul 2012, New York City – Event Report
More than 125 New York City professionals gathered on a rooftop terrace for the first event organized by the CTBUH’s New York steering committee.
Trustees Meeting 2012 Report, Chicago
19 Mar 2012, Chicago – Event Report
After one of the most successful years in the 43-year history of the CTBUH, the Board of Trustees gathered to review recent initiatives and discuss the Council’s long-term strategies.
Shanghai Congress Important Steering Committee Meeting
Feb 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
A major meeting of the Shanghai Congress Local Steering Committee was held in the very appropriate setting of the Shanghai Tower construction site.
BSA Twin Towers Installs CTBUH Signboard
13 Feb 2012, Mandaluyong – Event Report
The BSA Twin Towers recently inaugurated a CTBUH signboard recognizing its position as the tallest twin towers in the Philippines. CTBUH Chair Tim Johnson attended the ceremony.
Shanghai 2012: Important Meetings
Feb 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson and Executive Director Antony Wood were in Shanghai recently for meetings with the Congress Steering Committee and other significant Congress partners.
CTBUH India: High-rise Building Technology
14 Jan 2012, New Delhi – Event Report
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, of NBBJ, and CTBUH Advisory Group Member Ahmad Abdelrazaq, of Samsung, recently spoke at a CTBUH seminar on building technology.
Prince Charitable Trusts Research Grant Secured
Dec 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
With a grant from The Prince Charitable Trusts, the CTBUH will develop an on-line database that will centralize information relevant to researchers.
Timothy Johnson Appointed Chairman of the CTBUH
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
At the 2011 World Conference active Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University passed the Chairman’s gavel to Timothy Johnson of NBBJ.
Trustees Meeting 2011, Seoul
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
The second Trustees meeting of 2011, which welcomed new Trustees Dennis Poon and Steve Watts, took place during the Seoul Conference.
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.
Chair-Elect Timothy Johnson Visits CTBUH HQ
Sep 2011, Chicago – Tour Report
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ, due to take over as CTBUH Chair in October 2011, visited the CTBUH headquarters recently for meetings with Executive Director Antony Wood and CTBUH staff.
Timothy Johnson Elected as Next CTBUH Chairman
1 Sep 2011, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees has elected Timothy Johnson to be the next Chairman of the CTBUH. He will succeed current Chairman Sang Dae Kim to lead the council and further its mission.
Trustees Meeting 2011, New York
5 Apr 2011, New York City – Event Report
Of all Trustees meetings since the current Board formed, the New York gathering wins the "marathon event" prize! Getting down to business at 9am, the Board finally adjourned at 8pm.
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.
Piraeus Tower Competition
24 Jun 2010, Athens – Event
The Piraeus Tower architectural competition focused on the re-design of an incomplete 22-story tower. Antony Wood and Tim Johnson, served on the competition jury.
Trustees Meeting 2010, Mumbai
2 Feb 2010, Mumbai – Event Report
The 2010 annual Trustees meeting took place prior to the CTBUH 2010 World Conference Mumbai, in the same venue as the conference, the Renaissance Hotel Mumbai.
New CTBUH Trustees Peter Irwin and Tim J. Johnson
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees welcomes the support of two industry leaders: Peter Irwin, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Canada and Tim J. Johnson, NBBJ, USA.
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.
Singapore Visit
12-14 Aug 2009, Singapore – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood shares his recent experiences of a new and exciting Singapore which has, in a quiet, unpretentious way, been implementing social-urban policies.
CTBUH 2008 Moscow Conference: Gaining Height
22-24 Oct 2008, Moscow – Conference
Held in the prestigious setting of the Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel Moscow, the 120 delegates in attendance were treated to an inspiring three days of information and cultural exchange.

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Turning Torso Named CTBUH 10 Year Award Winner

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CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers

CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers

3 Dec 2012, London – The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper…

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2014 Shanghai International Conference - Day 3 Plenary - Q & A

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

Tall Buildings as International Investments

17 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer Properties
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Council
Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ
James Robinson, Hongkong Land

Spire Topped One World Trade Center, Tallest Building in US

12 Nov 2013 – CTBUH in the Media
NBC News; Tim Johnson, CTBUH

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A Tale of Tier Two Cities

Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ

The CTBUH Chairmanship

Nov 2011 – Sang Dae Kim, Korea University
Timothy Johnson, NBBJ

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2014 Shanghai International Conference - Day 3 Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Day 3 Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ, Mun Summ Wong of WOHA, Yang Wu of thr Bund Finance Center, & Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director / IIT / Tongji…
Tall Buildings as International Investments
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer Properties
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Council
Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman / NBBJ
James Robinson, Hongkong Land

The investment landscape for tall buildings varies considerably around the world, as was indicated by the diversity of perspectives in the panel “Tall Buildings as International Investments.” Mounib Hammoud, new CTBUH Trustee and CEO of Jeddah…
Spire Topped One World Trade Center, Tallest Building in US
12 Nov 2013 – CTBUH in the Media; NBC News; Tim Johnson, CTBUH
CTBUH Chairman Tim Johnson announces the Council's ruling on the ultimate height of One World Trade Center at a live press conference held in New York.
Newshour
12 Nov 2013 – CTBUH in the Media; BBC; Timothy Johnson, CTBUH
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson talks with BBC World Service's Newshour on the Council's One World Trade Center height ruling.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Dinner
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2013
The 12th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2013 "Best Tall Building Overall" award went to CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China. The…
2013 Awards - Session 2 Q&A
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Chair: Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman, NBBJ
The Session Two speaker panel consisting of: Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership Ltd.; Shuguang Wang, BROAD Group; Johannes de Jong, KONE; and Clyde N. Baker, Jr., AECOM (retired); took questions from the audience.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Dinner
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2012
The 11th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2012 "Best Tall Building Overall" award went to Doha Tower in Doha, Qatar. The first Tall…
2012 Awards - Introduction & Welcome
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Antony Wood, Timothy Johnson & Rick Cook
Antony Wood (CTBUH Executive Director), Timothy Johnson (CTBUH Chairman), and Rick Cook (Awards Chair) welcome delegates and open the 3rd Annual Awards Symposium.
Plenary 3 - The Past, Present and Future of “the World’s Tallest” Q & A
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Session Chair Timothy Johnson moderates as the panel consisting of: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; David Bradford, Turner International; & Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. take questions from delegates.
A Tale of Tier Two Cities
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challenges and opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration, but the superblock must be configured with a strong…
Plenary 2: Supertall Technical & Urban Challenges Q & A
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Plenary 2 panelists including: ZhaoHui Jia, Greenland Group; Bert van de Linde, Permasteelisa Group; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; and Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman/NBBJ take questions from delegates.
Shanghai Congress Welcome/Opening Ceremony
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Timothy Johnson, Jun Shen, Kong Qing Wei, Guo-Qiang Li, & Antony Wood
Timothy Johnson (CTBUH Chairman) and special guests welcome Congress delegates and officially open the event.
Interview: Tall Construction in China
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Timothy discusses the future of tall construction in China and the role the Council will play in this expanding economy.
One World Trade Center Rises Above Empire State Building
30 Apr 2012 – CTBUH in the Media; The Monocle Daily; Timothy Johnson, CTBUH
With the media focused on the latest One World Trade Center construction milestone, CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson discusses the complexities of the site, collaboration on the development and the emotions invoked by the tower.
2011 Awards - Symposium Introduction
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Timothy Johnson, CTBUH Chairman/NBBJ; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Antony Wood (CTBUH Executive Director) and Timothy Johnson (CTBUH Chairman) welcome delegates and open the 2nd Annual Awards Symposium.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2011
The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2011 “Best Tall Building Overall” award went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, Germany. The…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 16: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Kyung Wook Seo, Kyonggi University; Robert Mankin & Jonathan Ward, NBBJ ; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon; Paul DeSantis, Principal & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham; Michael Wiener, Gensler
Question & Answers session for Track Session 16.
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards
25 Oct 2007 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2007
The CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Dinner, set within the atmospheric setting of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, celebrated the remarkable achievements of a number of distinguished individuals and project teams…

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A Tale of Tier Two Cities
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jimmy Cheung, Eton Properties; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
The migration of Chinese residents to cities presents great challenges and opportunities. Large developments near the city core represent the best solution to the challenges of this urban migration, but the superblock must be configured with a strong…
The CTBUH Chairmanship
Nov 2011 – Sang Dae Kim, Korea University; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Assuming the Chairman’s position in a not-for-profit organization is always an honorable matter, and especially so when that organization is focused on high-rise building.